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Considering the Autocratic Cosmopolis in ‘A History of Future Cities’ – Next City

Considering the Autocratic Cosmopolis in ‘A History of Future Cities’ – Next City | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

The cities of Shanghai, Bombay, St. Petersburg and Dubai were each built by autocrats with a vision of making their peoples more cosmopolitan and productive. Each of them succeeded, though the three older cities also fomented unrest that led to the eventual unseating of the regimes that built them.

Journalist and author Daniel Brook documents these stories in his new book from W.W. Norton and Company, A History of Future Cities.

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Average Internet of Things device has 25 security flaws - Telegraph

Average Internet of Things device has 25 security flaws - Telegraph | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
In a study of ten devices including home thermostats, remote power outlets and door locks, HP found 250 potentially dangerous security vulnerabilities
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The Social Laboratory: Singapore, big data and mass surveillance | FP

The Social Laboratory: Singapore, big data and mass surveillance | FP | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Singapore is testing whether mass surveillance and big data can not only protect national security, but actually engineer a more harmonious society.
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Smart Towns, Dumb Cities | HuffPost

Smart Towns, Dumb Cities | HuffPost | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
There's a revolution occurring in how our urban spaces are managed, but success is less likely to come from grandiose projects and more likely to derive from a series of small improvements... Smart cities are still attainable, but we're learning from...
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Wireless Mesh Video-Surveillance (CCTV) for Smart Cities and Critical Infrastructures

Wireless Mesh Video-Surveillance (CCTV) for Smart Cities and Critical Infrastructures | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

The major trend in the wireless video-surveillance market in the past 10 years has been product and technology integration and convergence on IP network. From 2006-2008, most wireless video-surveillance systems involved an analog CCTV camera, connected to a video encoder than connected to the radio device through an Ethernet cable. Moreover, each radio device was a box then connected to one or more external antennas using antenna coaxial cables (that, by the way, are very hard to bend and must be kept very short). This type of installation required a significant amount of time and presented many areas that could create issues hard to troubleshoot. For example, the connection between the camera and the video encoder required a properly connectorized coaxial cable. Similarly, the connection between the antennas and the radio require a link and properly connectorized antenna cable, often with surge suppressors, as well, to protect from lightning.After experiencing some problems with customers due to malfunctioning cables and antennas, we decided to move to a much more compact and straightforward approach, integrating the wireless device and the antenna into one single product. ....

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Smart cities – can the data centre cope? | Information Age

Smart cities – can the data centre cope? | Information Age | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Is the data centre prepared for the amount of data and traffic that smart cities will generate?
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Why Big Data Isn’t Enough: Tomorrow’s Technology Will Be Built Around Workflows | Wired

Why Big Data Isn’t Enough: Tomorrow’s Technology Will Be Built Around Workflows | Wired | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Big data is all the rage. Everywhere you turn it seems companies are discussing new and different ways to analyze data. The problem? There is an initial euphoria, usually after a large initial investment, when some insights are found. However, companies have a hard time changing their workers’ daily workflow to make meaningful improvements based on these insights. As a result the benefits of big data remains confined to board rooms where executives get increasingly frustrated that despite meeting after meeting their key measures don’t improve.

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The myths behind the smart city technological imaginary | Ciudades a escala humana:

The myths behind the smart city technological imaginary | Ciudades a escala humana: | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

The first part of the text is based on shifting the basic answer to the question of why there is so much distance between the promises of the smart city narrative and its practical implementation. Some may say this is a matter of solving technical issues, scaling-up problems, defining new business models and value propositions, and so on. The first premise here is not about technicalities of any sort, but about conceptual flaws inherently adhered to the smart city technological imaginary. This is, in a few words, what this first chapter is all about ...

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The GeoWeb and everyday life: An analysis of spatial tactics and volunteered geographic information | Lingel | First Monday

The GeoWeb and everyday life: An analysis of spatial tactics and volunteered geographic information | Lingel | First Monday | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

In this paper, we discuss GeoWeb technologies, specifically those created via volunteered geographic information (VGI) as a means of analyzing the political contours of mapmaking. Our paper is structured around two case studies of VGI projects that allow for consideration for the political efficacy (and potential drawbacks) of these geospatial technologies. We use de Certeau’s constructs of strategies and tactics as a conceptual framing, which allows for a political reading of geographic data couched in the context of everyday life, as well as opening up inquiry into the politics of making, accessing and interpreting spatial data. We conclude by suggesting provocations for future research on the GeoWeb and VGI at the intersection of geography and information science.

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Smart Cities Using Smart Technology - Envision Charlotte | IndustryWeek

Smart Cities Using Smart Technology - Envision Charlotte | IndustryWeek | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
“Envision Charlotte is a fantastic example of collaboration by public and private entities with shared goals of environmental sustainability,” said Michael Smith, CEO of Charlotte Center City Partners. “It is a unique laboratory that allows our city to develop proven sustainability practices that can be replicated in other cities.”
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Open Data in Developing Countries: Different models, new approaches | WWW Foundation

Today, we’re sharing the first wave of results from our “Exploring the Emerging Impacts of Open Data in Developing Countries” (ODDC) project. This project marks the first major study of the use and impact of open data in countries across the developing world. Over a hundred researchers from the global South have been involved in developing 17 qualitative case studies with findings that span 13 countries, from Indonesia to Brazil. ...

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African urban fantasies: dreams or nightmares? by Vanessa Watson | Environment and Urbanization

Labelled as the “last frontier” for international property development, sub-Saharan Africa’s larger cities are currently being revisioned in the image of cities such as Dubai, Shanghai and Singapore, which claim top positions in the world-class city leagues. Draped in the rhetoric of “smart cities” and “eco-cities”, these plans promise to modernize African cities and turn them into gateways for international investors and showpieces for ambitious politicians. Yet the reality in all of these cities stands in stark contrast to the glass-box towers, manicured lawns and water features on developers’ and architects’ websites. With the majority of urban populations living in deep poverty and with minimal urban services, the most likely outcome of these fantasy plans is a steady worsening of the marginalization and inequalities that already beset these cities.
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Ecuador is betting $1 billion that a dream city can make it a high-tech leader - MiamiHerald

Ecuador is building a research university and city in the middle of a remote pasture. Can it succeed where others have failed?

 

URCUQUI, Ecuador -- It’s the year 2043 and this burgeoning city of 100,000 is a high-tech Mecca. Using rare plants from the Amazon, university researchers have cured many diseases; factories churn out nano-sponges that soak up oil spills around the world; local software designers are the envy of Palo Alto. Ecuador — once known for its crude and bananas — is now the Silicon Valley of the tropics, the Singapore of the Andes. ...


Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/07/12/4233299/ecuador-is-betting-1-billion-that.html#storylink=cpy

 

 

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European Smart Cities projects, local innovation boosters? | EurActiv

European Smart Cities projects, local innovation boosters? | EurActiv | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Today, Open Government Data is often difficult to access and use by the developer community, let alone the average citizen. In Issy-les-Moulineaux [www.issy.com] and in Paris in the framework of the “Futur-en-Seine Festival”, European Smart Cities projects have come together for 3 days of intensive debates and exchange of good practices to develop new e-Services for citizens at local level across Europe. ... 

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Dissecting ISO 37120 for smart cities | Smart Cities Council

Dissecting ISO 37120 for smart cities | Smart Cities Council | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
For the first time, city leaders and citizens have a set of clearly defined city performance indicators and a standard way to measure them. In his new series launching today, industry veteran George Karayannis explains what cities need to know about ISO 37120. Don't miss it.
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Not so much dissecting as endorsing

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How Chinese Urbanism Is Transforming African Cities - Metropolis

How Chinese Urbanism Is Transforming African Cities - Metropolis | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

The factory of the world has a new export: urbanism. More and more Chinese-made buildings, infrastructure, and urban districts are sprouting up across Africa, and this development is changing the face of the continent’s cities.

Or so says Dutch research studio Go West Project , who have been tracking this phenomenon for their on-going project about the export of the Chinese urban model to Africa. Since 2012, the group, made up of Shanghai-based architect Daan Roggeveen and Amsterdam-based journalist Michiel Hulshof, have visited six African cities to do research. Roggeveen and Hulshof recently released their preliminary report in an issue of Urban China, a magazine focusing on Chinese urban development....

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Smart Cities: How Law Enforcement Agencies Monitor Social Media in Real Time

Smart Cities: How Law Enforcement Agencies Monitor Social Media in Real Time | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

My frequent work with law enforcement on Smart City project across the globe has taught me some interesting things about how social media impacts the operations of investigators and law enforcement.  Over the past five years, it's become very common during investigations to use fake Facebook profiles to track suspects. Most law enforcement agencies have, at this point, dedicated personnel to work on social media and track people on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. However, with Fluidmesh involvement with Pantascene and its software suite, I've been introduced to a new challenge law enforcement agencies are now facing: emergencies are communicated first on social media rather than to first responders and in social media there is a large amount of evidence and data that can be used both by first responders and by investigators. Although that is counter intuitive, people actually often Tweet about emergencies before calling 911!! In this post, I will explore how law enforcement agencies want to leverage this behavior. Please note, however, that I am not suggesting people should Tweet before calling the police; they should call 911 first if they are reporting an accident or emergency or witnessing a crime. ...

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The future of urban living - 4 mid-century scenarios by John Urry | Future of cities

The future of urban living - 4 mid-century scenarios by John Urry | Future of cities | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Professor Urry develops 4 different urban futures for the middle of this century, examining the potential transformations that could occur in UK cities to produce the different outcomes - the high tech city, digital city, liveable city and fortress city.

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The Spatial in Digital Humanities | Wikimaps

The Spatial in Digital Humanities | Wikimaps | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

A week of Digital Humanities in Lausanne with DH2014 was packed with projects sorting out and displaying cultural heritage. A number of papers discussed geohumanities and mapping.

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First smarten our cities, then build smart ones - Hindustan Times

First smarten our cities, then build smart ones - Hindustan Times | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
India’s cities are a shameful mess: the big, older ones, the small ones and even the fledgling new ones. Far from being anywhere near smart, our cities are rather dumb. The future could be bleaker, writes Sanjoy Narayan.
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Reverse Engineering Social Media: Software, Culture, and Political Economy in New Media Capitalism by R Gehl

Reverse Engineering Social Media: Software, Culture, and Political Economy in New Media Capitalism by R Gehl | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Robert Gehl's timely critique, Reverse Engineering Social Media, rigorously analyzes the ideas of social media and software engineers, using these ideas to find contradictions and fissures beneath the surfaces of glossy sites such as Facebook, Google, and Twitter.

 

Gehl adeptly uses a mix of software studies, science and technology studies, and political economy to reveal the histories and contexts of these social media sites. Looking backward at divisions of labor and the process of user labor, he provides case studies that illustrate how binary "Like" consumer choices hide surveillance systems that rely on users to build content for site owners who make money selling user data, and that promote a culture of anxiety and immediacy over depth.


Reverse Engineering Social Media also presents ways out of this paradox, illustrating how activists, academics, and users change social media for the better by building alternatives to the dominant social media sites.

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The rise of data and the death of politics | The Guardian

The rise of data and the death of politics | The Guardian | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Tech pioneers in the US are advocating a new data-based approach to governance – 'algorithmic regulation'. But where does this leave governments, asks Evgeny Morozov
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Future Cities: UK Capabilities For Urban Innovation | FC Catapult/Arup

Future Cities: UK Capabilities For Urban Innovation | FC Catapult/Arup | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
This report, produced by the Future Cities Catapult and Arup, sets out the UK’s strengths in the global market for urban solutions.
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Guadalajara: Smart City of the Near Future - IEEE

Guadalajara: Smart City of the Near Future - IEEE | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

IEEE will work to make Mexico’s Silicon Valley more efficient.  

 

With so much high-tech talent, it’s no wonder Mexico’s leaders selected Guadalajara as the site for the Ciudad Creativa Digital, a smart-city development project. The CCD is expected to advance the country’s leadership position in media by using technology to create a socially integrated urban environment that can attract those working in advertising, gaming, movies, television, and related fields. Housing, recreational areas, educational and cultural institutions, retail stores, restaurants, and hotels are part of the project.

 

Guadalajara began the development efforts in October in a 40-hectare area downtown it calls the Digital Hub. Eventually, the CCD is expected to expand beyond the downtown and cover some 380 hectares....

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5 smart technologies to help cities cope with soaring pet populations | Smart Cities Council

5 smart technologies to help cities cope with soaring pet populations | Smart Cities Council | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

An influx of people moving into cities also means an influx of pets. With many animal shelters already overcrowded, cities will need smart technologies to meet the challenge. Let's take a look at five of these technologies. ...

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Smart cities will trigger India’s rurban growth | Niti Centre

Smart cities will trigger India’s rurban growth | Niti Centre | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Rs 7,600 crore has been allocated in the General Budget 2014-15 to develop 100 smart cities.  As a part of its agenda to provide better civic amenities and career options while ensuring rapid growth of Indian economy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA Government embarked on building 100 smart urban hubs across the country for which...

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