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How is the city translated into software and data, and how does software reshape the city?
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Cybercity, Mauritius – a vision of Africa's 'smart' future? | Guardian

Cybercity, Mauritius – a vision of Africa's 'smart' future? | Guardian | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Ebène Cybercity was built 15 years ago to create a modern working environment for Mauritians and bring a hi-tech hub to this island nation. So does it offer a roadmap for Africa - or a warning of problems ahead?
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'30-minute city'? Not in my backyard! Smart Cities Plan must let people have their say | Conversation

'30-minute city'? Not in my backyard! Smart Cities Plan must let people have their say | Conversation | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Cities are home to many different people who will not always agree. We need to learn to embrace public debate as an ongoing, constructive process for working through diverse views and values. 


The federal government’s Smart Cities Plan is framed around the “30-minute city”. In this city, journeys will take no more than half an hour, regardless of your location. The recently released plan has significant implications for population, transport provision and land-use intensity in neighbourhoods – the places where people live and how they get around. The realisation of its goals will require ongoing densification of Australian suburbs. ....

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Instrumental City: The View from New York’s Hudson Yards, circa 2019 | Shannon Mattern in Places

Instrumental City: The View from New York’s Hudson Yards, circa 2019 | Shannon Mattern in Places | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

The world’s most ambitious “smart city” project is here. Should we worry that New York City is becoming an experimental lab? 


The observation deck won’t be finished for a few years yet. If you want to see the future of New York, walk north along the High Line, round the curve at the rail yards, and turn your back to the river. Amid the highway ramps and industrial hash of far-west Manhattan, a herd of cranes hoists I-beams into the sky. This is Hudson Yards, the largest private real-estate development in United States history and the test ground for the world’s most ambitious experiment in “smart city” urbanism.  ...

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Chilling effect: 1 in 2 Americans in survey of 41,000 using internet differently due to privacy/security concerns

Chilling effect: 1 in 2 Americans in survey of 41,000 using internet differently due to privacy/security concerns | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Nearly one in two Internet users say privacy and security concerns have now stopped them from doing basic things online — such as posting to social networks, expressing opinions in forums or even buying things from websites, according to a new government survey released Friday. This chilling effect, pulled out of a survey of 41,000 U.S. households who use the Internet, show the insecurity of the Web is beginning to have consequences that stretch beyond the direct fall-out of an individual losing personal data in breach. The research suggests some consumers are reaching a tipping point where they feel they can no longer trust using the Internet for everyday activities.

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New bikeshare data standard opens doors for more apps, research | Mobility Lab

New bikeshare data standard opens doors for more apps, research | Mobility Lab | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
After years of messy, inconsistent bikeshare data, a new standard has emerged to unite major systems. GBFS is already in many cities, and coming to more.
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Kavli HUMAN Project (Human Understanding Through Measurement & Analytics) will follow 10,000 people over 20 years

Kavli HUMAN Project (Human Understanding Through Measurement & Analytics) will follow 10,000 people over 20 years | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
The Kavli HUMAN Project is a collaboration between the Kavli Foundation, the Institute for the Interdisciplinary Study of Decision Making at NYU, and the Center for Urban Science and Progress at NYU. It's based on one simple goal — and an array of stunningly complex technologies required to get there. Here "HUMAN" stands for "Human Understanding Through Measurement and Analytics." The project's vision is to "generat[e] a truly comprehensive longitudinal dataset that capture[s] nearly all aspects of a representative human population's biology, behavior, and environment." ...
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Smart technology is a solution looking for a problem | de zeen

Smart technology is a solution looking for a problem | de zeen | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Technologies like driverless cars and smart heating systems could end up making cities dysfunctional says Maarten Hajer, Rotterdam Biennale 2016 curator.


Speaking at an opening event for the biennale, Hajer called for architects and designers to stop treating the advent of smart technologies as inevitable, and to question whether they will solve any problems at all. "People with lots of media force pretend to know exactly what the future will look like, as if there is no choice," he said....

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What smart cities can learn from Singapore’s Smart Nation — Sidewalk Talk

What smart cities can learn from Singapore's Smart Nation - Sidewalk Talk - Medium
What smart cities can learn from Singapore’s Smart Nation A Sidewalk Talk with Jacqueline Poh, managing director of the Infocomm Development Authority.

The smart city movement has had its up and downs. Many failures trace back to a disconnect between the companies that build new technologies and the officials who manage cities. Others occurred because the parties involved treated the city too much like a machine whose only task was to become more efficient, without stopping to think about whether or not that efficiency mattered to the everyday lives of people. Singapore has had more success than most places when it comes to integrating technology into urban life. Recently the city-state pushed itself to the next level of urbanity in the digital age with the Smart Nation initiative. The hope is that ubiquitous connectivity and an expansive data infrastructure can help a wide range of government agencies deliver better services to citizens and businesses. ...
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Hong Kong needs to bone up on security in drive for smart cities | SCMP

Hong Kong needs to bone up on security in drive for smart cities | SCMP | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Governments such as Hong Kong must sharpen their focus on security as they push forward development of smart cities alongside the rapid growth of internet-connected devices, according to Dominic Orr, president at wireless networking company Aruba. As the adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT) -- the umbrella term for devices ranging from traffic monitors to temperature sensors connected to the internet -- grows, security must be considered from the start to protect data and networks. ...

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70% In US Concerned About Privacy In Internet Of Things | MediaPost

70% In US Concerned About Privacy In Internet Of Things | MediaPost | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
While the Internet of Things grows, privacy – or the lack of it – is what drives concern about its growth. Privacy is at the top of a long list of IoT concerns in a new global study. The study comprised a survey of 5,200 mobile media users in eight countries (Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, South Africa, UK and US) conducted by On Device Research for the Mobile Ecosystems Forum (MEF), a global trade body. Globally, 62% of people are concerned about privacy relating to the Internet of Things, and even more (70%) in the U.S. ...
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"No city can be smart and sustainable if half of its population is not safe and lives in fear of violence" | UNWomen

"No city can be smart and sustainable if half of its population is not safe and lives in fear of violence" | UNWomen | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Opening remarks delivered on 10 June, by UN Women Deputy Executive Director, Lakshmi Puri, at the Safe Cities Global Stakeholders’ Planning Meeting “Safe Cities for Women and Girls – Implementation Essentials”, held in New Delhi, India from 10 – 12 June.
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Why we should design smart cities for getting lost | The Conversation

Why we should design smart cities for getting lost | The Conversation | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
If smart cities run on big data and algorithms that channel only 'relevant' information and opinions to us, how do we maintain the diversity of ideas and possibilities that drives truly smart cities?
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Chicago, New York Continue to Lead on Smart Cities with Wireless Driving Deployments | StateTech

Chicago, New York Continue to Lead on Smart Cities with Wireless Driving Deployments | StateTech | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

As more U.S. city governments deploy automated, digital and connected services to make their urban environments smarter, they will need to make sure they have the right mix of wireless network connectivity options and the infrastructure to support those technologies, industry analysts say. According to analysts at IHS Technology, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco are the leading U.S. metropolises that are turning to smart-city technology.

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The Fourth Urban Revolution: How Big Data is changing life in cities, for governments and citizens alike | City-Journal

The Fourth Urban Revolution: How Big Data is changing life in cities, for governments and citizens alike | City-Journal | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

New York City has been a Big Data pioneer for decades. In the early 1990s, the city launched the CompStat data-driven policing system, so that, in the words of former NYPD department chief Lou Anemone, officers could stop “just running around answering 911 calls” and start analyzing patterns to prevent crime. Thanks in part to CompStat, major crimes in the city have since fallen by 80 percent. During the Michael Bloomberg mayoral years, the city used data to pinpoint dangerous intersections and driving habits, cutting traffic deaths by nearly a third. Today, thanks to advances in data-storage capacity as well as the ubiquity of smartphones and broadband access, New York has an unprecedented number of facts to analyze and act upon, CompStat-style, across all areas of government—from building inspection to noise reduction. But while it can shine a brighter light on problems and give citizens and government new tools with which to understand them, Big Data can’t solve the problems themselves. For that, we still need old-fashioned political will.

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Smart cities: a problem of power, processing and security | Silicon Republic

Smart cities: a problem of power, processing and security | Silicon Republic | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
The hunger for smart cities is growing, with more and more people wanting services synced up to ensure an efficient way of life. But will it be easy?
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85 Indian cities initiate move to establish credit ratings and apply for billions in smart city loans | Readwrite

85 Indian cities initiate move to establish credit ratings and apply for billions in smart city loans | Readwrite | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

With over $1.5 billion on the line, the Indian government urging the country’s top 20 smart cities to quickly apply for funding from such international bodies as the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the BRICS Development Bank. This comes as India continues to prove one of the world’s biggest supporters of smart city initiatives as a driver of economic development.


Ministry Secretary Rajiv Gauba urged India’s smart cities to quickly work to establish credit ratings from agencies that were approved by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) in order to more easily access international funding. 85 cities had already initiated the move to establish credit ratings and he said that within a year all 500 cities under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) would get credit ratings. ...

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Samsung rolling out a dedicated Internet of Things network across South Korea | Gizmag

Samsung rolling out a dedicated Internet of Things network across South Korea | Gizmag | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Samsung and SK Telecom are working together to build a commercial Internet of Things (IoT) network across South Korea. The network will serve as infrastructure for various public services and businesses, allowing devices to gather, share and make use of data like weather and traffic conditions.
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Thinking smart cities in present tense | Ciudades a escala humana

Thinking smart cities in present tense | Ciudades a escala humana | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

The most established smart cities narrative is mainly based on future promises through the deployment of technologies that are yet to come that would generate social benefits in the near future, while citizens have the only option to wait to see them come true. The risk of this futuristic reading of urban technologies is forgetting and not acknowledging practices, solutions and technologies that are already happening, although possibly far from the spotlight of commercial presentations and mainstream reproduction of the smart city narrative. The discursive regime of the smart city systematically uses the future tense when depicting how a generic or particular smart city will be. ...

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Mexico City is crowdsourcing its new constitution | WEForum

Mexico City is crowdsourcing its new constitution | WEForum | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Mexico City just launched a massive experiment in digital democracy. It is asking its nearly 9 million residents to help draft a new constitution through social media.


The crowdsourcing exercise is unprecedented in Mexico—and pretty much everywhere else. Chilangos, as locals are known, can petition for issues to be included in the constitution through Change.org (link in Spanish), and make their case in person if they gather more than 10,000 signatures. They can also annotate proposals by the constitution’s drafters via PubPub, an editing platform (Spanish) similar to Google Docs.


The idea, in the words of the mayor, Miguel Angel Mancera, is to “bestow the constitution project (Spanish) with a democratic, progressive, inclusive, civic and plural character.” Mexico City is asking its nearly 9 million residents to help draft a new constitution through social media. ...

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The Internet of Things gets a ledger | Niume

The Internet of Things gets a ledger | Niume | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Ledger of Things will be able to handle a mind-boggling volume of data being transmitted.In the next decade, there will be tens of billions of connected devices—from thermostats and cell phones to parking meters and cars. Increasingly, these connected devices that make up the Internet of Things will be imbued with intelligence so that they can not only communicate, but transact, negotiate, collaborate and exchange value.How will we handle this mind-boggling volume of data being transmitted, and do it in a secure way? “The Internet of Things needs a Ledger of Things,” says Alex Tapscott, coauthor with his father, Don Tapscott, of the "Blockchain Revolution", to be published in May. 

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UN ECOSOC: Report on Smart cities and infrastructure, Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) | URENIO

UN ECOSOC: Report on Smart cities and infrastructure, Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) | URENIO | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
The Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD), at its eighteenth session in May 2015, selected smart cities and infrastructure as one of the two priority themes for the intersessional period 2015–2016. This report presents key urbanization trends and their links to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It provides an explanation of the term smart city, and describes the main components of smart infrastructure. It elaborates on the five main challenges encountered in the implementation of smart infrastructure projects ...
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GSA Unveils New Hub For Federal Citizen Science & Crowdsourcing | DigitalGov

GSA Unveils New Hub For Federal Citizen Science & Crowdsourcing | DigitalGov | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

The General Services Administration (GSA) yesterday launched CitizenScience.gov, a new central hub for citizen science and crowdsourcing projects across the federal government. Like Challenge.gov before it, this new site makes it easier for federal agencies to collaborate with each other and seek help from the American public to address critical issues. ...

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New bill aims to turn open data idealism into US law | Engadget

New bill aims to turn open data idealism into US law | Engadget | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

President Obama's administration has made significant progress in making US government data more transparent -- first with Data.gov, a repository for open data, and then with USASpending.gov, which tracks all of the government's spending. But despite those milestones, there's still plenty of room for improvement. ...

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LAPD surveillance and predictive policing | The Intercept

LAPD surveillance and predictive policing | The Intercept | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

The Stop LAPD Spying Coalition works to track, publicize, and ultimately dismantle the highly intrusive ways the Los Angeles Police Department surveils the area's citizens.


The LAPD uses big data for “predictive policing,” street cameras with highly accurate facial recognition capabilities, Stingrays, and DRT boxes — which imitate cellphone towers to track nearby phones or jam signals — automatic license plate readers, body cameras, and drones. ...

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What Nest's product shutdown says about the Internet of Things | Mashable

What Nest's product shutdown says about the Internet of Things | Mashable | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Shutting down an Internet service is one thing. Totally bricking a working device is something else.
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