Thematic fields for the network

The ASToN network aims to support cities in their digital transformation and improve their abilities to become mature digital players in the ecosystem.
However, in order to harness digital efficiently, it will have to be considered as a tool that enables local authorities to achieve specific goals.

That is why we asked each of the 11 cities to identify a particular area on which should be the focus of this program. The local action plan that each city will develop in the next phases of the program will focus on this specific area.

By thematic field, we mean a specific area of local authorities’ expertise. This includes the regulations, strategies, plans and services related to this specific theme.

Participation citoyenne

Citizen participation / Digital divide

Stimulating innovation and social change, bridging the digital skills gap, encourage the adoption of public services, disseminate opportunities or improve employability. This range of issues reflects the need to reduce digital divides, particularly among young people and the most underprivileged. A possible ambition thanks to the development of citizen’s participation, a driving force for social inclusion.


Digital technologies offer opportunities to improve urban mobility, a crucial challenge when the lack of information about road activity causes traffic jams, accidents, a drop of productivity or even a high air pollution. Thus, the transportation data collection will enable territories to respond to these economic, social and environmental challenges, with a view to sustainably upgrade the citizens’ living conditions.

Online Taxes / E-Tax

The collection of taxes within the territories still faces some major difficulties, such as the manual collection of taxes at dedicated collection points, the complexity of the information for citizens, the lack of reliable data on eligible individuals or the storage of these data. It therefore appears necessary to support the development of online tax collection (e-tax), allowing for improved data collection in tax terms, and then, enable us to provide better quality essential services to the population.

Land management

Digital transformation and innovation also have a role to play in the land sector. Often subject to obsolete land registration archiving systems, some cities wish to take up the crucial challenge of digitizing and securing their land. This operation will facilitate title and land administration, but it will also have a positive effect on the citizens’ quality of life, the collection of local taxes, or the transparency of public activities. With the emergence of illegal dwellings or informal settlements, the common understanding of the address is not easy. This observation has a strong impact on the daily functioning and the development of cities. This is why the implementation of a modern geolocation service, based on the use of new technologies and the population’s involvement, will allow in particular : to collect the information necessary for improving municipal management, the mobilization of local financial resources or the quality of urban services.