The Free Cities Initiative is dedicated to understanding and advocating for free cities. A free city is a city with partial or complete autonomy. Examples include Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai, and Shenzhen. This blog believes that free cities can rapidly improve governance and spark economic growth in the developing world, as well as offer pockets of innovation to spur technological innovation in the developed world. While many organizations and blogs focus on cities, few consider legal autonomy, administrative organization, or the user experience of residents. Themes of this blog include trends of free cities, the autonomy of free cities, administration of cities, the history of free cities, and the user experience of city residents.


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Mark Lutter is a PhD candidate in economics at George Mason University. He is passionate about how free cities can improve the lives of the world’s poorest. Contact him at Mhlutter at gmail.com and follow him on Twitter and connect with him on Linkedin.