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Faculty of Communication. Federal University of Bahia, Brazil. http://lab404.ufba.br  News on locative media, big data, internet of things, smart cities and actor-network theory
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UK agencies broke the law to spy on millions of people

UK agencies broke the law to spy on millions of people | Lab404 - Digital Media, Network and Space Lab | Scoop.it
UK spy agencies broke surveillance laws to spy on millions of people. The databases were treated like a private Facebook by officers.
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6 IoT Innovations Making Cities Smarter - InformationWeek

6 IoT Innovations Making Cities Smarter - InformationWeek | Lab404 - Digital Media, Network and Space Lab | Scoop.it
From sensors that measure water leaks to smart parking meters and self-driving buses, internet of things (IoT) technologies are a major contributor to the rise of smart cities.
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How smart is a city? It all depends on location, location, location

How smart is a city? It all depends on location, location, location | Lab404 - Digital Media, Network and Space Lab | Scoop.it
Cities worldwide are putting a serious focus on smart technology for future growth. But what works where, and why? | Smart Cities
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Repeat After Me: Humans Run the Internet, Not Algorithms

Repeat After Me: Humans Run the Internet, Not Algorithms | Lab404 - Digital Media, Network and Space Lab | Scoop.it
With the Facebook Trending mess, people are arguing over whether humans or algorithms should run Facebook. But that makes no sense.
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Yes, everything on the Internet is a mix of the human and inhuman
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Cyber attacks against smart cities 'could threaten public safety', IT pros warn - Business Reporter

Cyber attacks against smart cities 'could threaten public safety', IT pros warn - Business Reporter | Lab404 - Digital Media, Network and Space Lab | Scoop.it
Nearly nine in ten government IT professionals are concerned about cyber attacks on smart city infrastructure, according to a report. In a survey by Tripwi
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Who are smart cities initiatives actually benefiting?

Who are smart cities initiatives actually benefiting? | Lab404 - Digital Media, Network and Space Lab | Scoop.it
A team of researchers is comparing smart city projects from various continents to try and define their characteristics and who they're benefiting.
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Smart cities: Don’t let privacy become a ‘junk bond’

Smart cities: Don’t let privacy become a ‘junk bond’ | Lab404 - Digital Media, Network and Space Lab | Scoop.it
Cities need to ensure they understand their citizens as individuals and provide them with a personalized experience, Carl Piva, VP, Strategic Programs and Head of TM Forum’s Smart City Forum, told …...
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However, Piva notes, “When you start connecting these disparate [sources]… sooner or later you’re going to run into a very embarrassing problem, where you start connecting pieces of information [which on their own]aren’t sensitive but together could tell you quite a lot about the citizen or businesses. That could become a complex problem to solve.”
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Dublin gears up for five smart solutions to cycle problems

Dublin gears up for five smart solutions to cycle problems | Lab404 - Digital Media, Network and Space Lab | Scoop.it
With safety and theft two of the main reasons people won’t cycle in Dublin, the council has funded five companies to try sort it out
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"The most interesting of the five is Smartcharge, which is looking to pair bikes with on-street sensors that will react to their presence, alerting drivers of cyclists through systems such as the lighting up of street signs"
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Financial Institutions Turn to the Internet of Things to Stay Competitive

Financial Institutions Turn to the Internet of Things to Stay Competitive | Lab404 - Digital Media, Network and Space Lab | Scoop.it
Connected devices, drones and sensors helping financial service companies

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Big data and IoT are the new wild west of exploration
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It is not surprising that with Target Marketing and data driven campaigns becoming at the forefront of every company's revenue strategy that Retail passes IT in this study.
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Making the Top Smart City in Europe

Making the Top Smart City in Europe | Lab404 - Digital Media, Network and Space Lab | Scoop.it
How do you build a 'smart city?' What innovative factors lead to award-winning smarter technology examples to emulate? Which European city is the smartest? Let’s explore.
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According to Juniper Research, European cities dominate the list of top global smart cities. “European cities are forging ahead with efforts to become smart cities, with 60 percent of the world’s leading smart cities based in Europe. It was found that innovation to reduce congestion and energy consumption were key initiatives across many European cities.”
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Wait, someone's stealing that train: smart city transport can be easily hacked | Information Age

Wait, someone's stealing that train: smart city transport can be easily hacked | Information Age | Lab404 - Digital Media, Network and Space Lab | Scoop.it
Transport systems across the world are vulnerable to cyber attacks, and this will become more of a problem as transport infrastructure adopts a cloud-based setup
 
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The unveiling of the elevated traffic-straddling bus in China this week was an innovative triumph, but society’s acceleration towards smart transport will leave it open to cyber attacks, which could literally stop traffic.
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Actor-Network Theory

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Actor-Network Theory - videos - Serious Science
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Actor-network theory then is a method of mapping how the technologies and artifacts and material objects are participating in our everyday lives. And participate is a keyword here because it means that the objects are acting with us.
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Baltimore Police Secretly Running Aerial Mass-Surveillance Eye in the Sky | ACLU

Baltimore Police Secretly Running Aerial Mass-Surveillance Eye in the Sky | ACLU | Lab404 - Digital Media, Network and Space Lab | Scoop.it

Bloomberg Businessweek reported late Tuesday that the Baltimore police have been subjecting that city to a vast and powerful aerial surveillance system since January, without telling, let alone asking, the public that they serve. This is a big deal.


This system, known as “wide-area surveillance” and run by an Ohio company called Persistent Surveillance Systems, involves the deployment of megapixel cameras on a Cessna aircraft, which circles over a city for up to 10 hours at a time, continuously photographing a 30-square-mile area and giving police the ability to retroactively track any vehicle or pedestrian within that area. It is the ultimate Big Brother “eye in the sky.” ...


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Now arriving: Internet of Things

Now arriving: Internet of Things | Lab404 - Digital Media, Network and Space Lab | Scoop.it
HUBweek session examines the rise of smart devices, and the accompanying loss of privacy | The Internet of Things is growing ever more sophisticated, enabling everything from smart cities to automatic appliances.
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These smart devices are increasingly equipped with sensors and connected to the internet, allowing data to flow from the external environment to central collection points to be stored, analyzed, and used for a variety of purposes, including optimizing performance.
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Internet of Things Malware Has Apparently Reached Almost All Countries on Earth

Internet of Things Malware Has Apparently Reached Almost All Countries on Earth | Lab404 - Digital Media, Network and Space Lab | Scoop.it
Almost all countries on earth now have Internet of Things devices infected with Mirai.

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Human factors limit smart cities more than technology

Human factors limit smart cities more than technology | Lab404 - Digital Media, Network and Space Lab | Scoop.it
Industry experts are urging city leaders to focus more on how smart cities work in conjunction with the humans who inhabit them.
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A key sentiment that emerged from the conference was that leaders in government and industry need to stay focused on the larger smart city picture and not get caught up in the latest gee-whiz technology. Specifically, there needs to be greater focus on meshing emerging tech with the current political and economic systems that affect citizens
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How the smart stadium will transform the smart city

How the smart stadium will transform the smart city | Lab404 - Digital Media, Network and Space Lab | Scoop.it
A stadium is an important piece of city infrastructure, as well as a monument to civic pride. IoT can help improve operations and make them good neighbors.
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The road to smart cities and connected citizens: Are we there yet?

The road to smart cities and connected citizens: Are we there yet? | Lab404 - Digital Media, Network and Space Lab | Scoop.it
Ahead of his presentation at TM Forum Live! Asia (December 7-8, Singapore), Dr Mazlan Abbas, CEO of IoT, REDtone, looks at the barriers to smart cities and connected citizens.
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The automated city: do we still need humans to run public services?

The automated city: do we still need humans to run public services? | Lab404 - Digital Media, Network and Space Lab | Scoop.it
From driverless buses to an AI council worker called Amelia, municipal services are becoming increasingly automated. But what does that mean for the future of our cities – and the jobs market?
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“Smart cities” offer a seductive vision of a world where everything runs as smoothly as the latest iPhone. Need a parking space? An app will tell you where one’s available, and notify you (and your friendly neighbourhood parking inspector) when your time is up. It’s the kind of technology many cities are trialling, embedding sensors in streetlights, curbs and buildings to monitor parking, traffic and air pollution – even crime.
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Smart cities vs. 'locked-in' cities

Smart cities vs. 'locked-in' cities | Lab404 - Digital Media, Network and Space Lab | Scoop.it
One of the key issues facing modern cities today is municipalities being locked in to technology from a single provider, and instead ensuring they are free to transition to the most convenient products and services for citizen...
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Among the European initiatives to fight against the lock-in of cities is the Fiware (Future Internet Ware) programme, which offers incentives for smart applications in various sectors including smart cities, e-health, transportation, energy, agro-food and media. The platform offers a set of public and royalty-free APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) that can be used to develop smart applications suitable for all sectors. Another example is Smarkia, an energy efficiency cloud platform that allows a group of aspiring smart cities, which joined the European project Remourban, to share "knowledge, ideas and success stories." Their aim is to elaborate "a sustainable urban regeneration model through the convergence of energy, mobility and ICT." Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-09-smart-cities-locked-in.html#jCp
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Deutsche Telekom: Digital technologies: making cities better places to live

Management unplugged: Digital technologies: making cities better places to live. An article by Claudia Nemat
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Building the data foundations for smart cities | Information Age

Building the data foundations for smart cities | Information Age | Lab404 - Digital Media, Network and Space Lab | Scoop.it
Smart cities will start to become a reality in the near future, but it is essential to develop and utilise emerging technologies so that this significant change will be made in a sustainable way
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Smart Cities Will Need The IoT and Open Data | Articles | Big Data

Smart Cities Will Need The IoT and Open Data | Articles | Big Data | Lab404 - Digital Media, Network and Space Lab | Scoop.it
In order for smart cities to reach their potential, it is essential for infrastructures to be created for IoT devices and open data platforms to be implemented
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7 smart city innovations you need to know about

7 smart city innovations you need to know about | Lab404 - Digital Media, Network and Space Lab | Scoop.it
How the Internet of Things (IoT) is connecting up our cities in real-time
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Smart cities are on their way – and this time they're for real. Disparate aspects of cities are beginning to connect with internet of things (IoT) devices.
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Smart Cities of the Future: An Innovation or Intrusion? | Smart Data Collective

Smart Cities of the Future: An Innovation or Intrusion? | Smart Data Collective | Lab404 - Digital Media, Network and Space Lab | Scoop.it
A look at the impact of the IoT and smart city technology on the lives of future urban dwellars. Is it a utopian paradise or 'big brother' society?

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