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How is the city translated into software and data, and how does software reshape the city?
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Building the Smart and Resilient City - New Cities Foundation

Building the Smart and Resilient City - New Cities Foundation | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Cities have always thought smart. However, current expansion is generating additional complexity.
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Smart cities start on the street - HERE 360

Smart cities start on the street - HERE 360 | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

How intelligent transport solutions will transform the roads and cities of the future. Tired of stop-and-go traffic in the city because of so many lights?  Wouldn’t it be easier if your car knew the ideal speed to get to a green light or, even better, wouldn’t it be great if traffic lights were aware of the traffic flow and able to adjust the signal phase accordingly? Not only would your commute be much smoother and you’d feel less stress, but also traffic congestion and city air quality would improve drastically.

 

Transportation infrastructure is already at its limits in many cities. Inefficient or over-commissioned transportation networks negatively impact economic growth while traffic congestion, pollution and accidents degrade the quality of the life in cities. ...

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The realities of unlocking smart cities | Information Age

The realities of unlocking smart cities | Information Age | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

How organisations can realise the benefits of smart cities sooner rather than later.  

 

Depending on the country where you live or the sector you work in, the smart city concept can mean different things to different people.

 

A smart city initiative may offer one person the chance to tackle an urban energy crisis through the use of smart metering, while for another it may mean calling up a driverless car or offering ways to increase participation in the democratic process through better use of social media.

 

New digital technologies offer an endless list of opportunities for people in all walks of life looking to improve city living. With the predicted growth of the Internet of Things and the emerging analytical power of big data solutions, the potential for gathering further information and drawing actionable insights from these digital technologies is a great prospect. ...

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IOActive paper - An emerging threat - cities wide open to cyber attacks by Cesar Cerrudo

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A Vision Of The Vertical Cities Of The Future - more than skyscrapers, a complete ecosystem you never have to leave | Fast Company

A Vision Of The Vertical Cities Of The Future  - more than skyscrapers, a complete ecosystem you never have to leave | Fast Company | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

We're talking more than skyscrapers, but rather a complete ecosystem in the sky that you never have to leave.

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Big gaps and Big Data | World Bank

Big gaps and Big Data | World Bank | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
I recently gave a talk at the American Association for the Advancement of Science about Big Data and Analytics and why it matters for development. Unlike other speakers who warned about risks associated with big data - when too much is known about too many people without their consent - I discussed the problem of data gaps and data poverty in the developing world. The challenge of measuring of poverty is different because if we don’t have the data, we can’t know whether we’re making progress in
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Crowdsourcing the City’s Narrative | Torontoist

Crowdsourcing the City’s Narrative | Torontoist | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Community is inherently voyeuristic. People watch and whisper about mundane snapshots because it reinforces a kind of humane participation in the collective everyday; we are all moving parts in the same clumsy machine and, hell yes, we talk about it. Small towns can’t keep secrets and big cities can’t help but turn into clumps of small towns.

 

It was this observation that led Ramona Flowers (real name Chantal Lefebvre), 28, to start the Facebook group “What Did You See On The Street Today?” in July 2014. One-third group documentary, one-third interactive art project, and one-third gossip board, the group is over 2,200 members strong and includes people from all over the world. For whatever reason, though, its Toronto contingency is by far the strongest. (Flowers herself lives in Montreal.) Notably, the group’s members span social groups, age, class and ethnicity, showing a degree of heterogeneity rarely found in a self-organized collective space. ...

 

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Why Smart Growth Cities are Safer, Healthier, and Wealthier | Sustainable Cities Collective

Why Smart Growth Cities are Safer, Healthier, and Wealthier | Sustainable Cities Collective | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Developing countries are projected to gain 2.2 billion new urban residents up to 2050. Governments and city leaders have a choice: they can develop cities that are sprawled and auto-dependent, or ones that are connected, compact, and coordinated. Upon the result depends people's safety, health and wealth.

 

A new report for the New Climate Economy project outlines the massive economic, social, and environmental costs of urban sprawl in the United States.

 

While this research focuses on urban planning lessons and mistakes from the United States, it also contains compelling lessons for countries worldwide looking to avoid the steep costs of sprawl. ...

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Motorola Solutions Makes Another Investment in Smart Policing | ChicagoInno

Motorola Solutions Makes Another Investment in Smart Policing | ChicagoInno | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Motorola Solutions continues to invest in public safety innovation as the Schaumburg-based company has acquired PublicEngines, a Utah tech company that offers crime analysis and predictive policing tools to law enforcement agencies ....

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Fear Cannot Dictate Big Data Law | AlleyWatch

Fear Cannot Dictate Big Data Law | AlleyWatch | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

The White House recently unveiled the framework of the president’s first big data privacy plan, part of a series that seeks to shield individual liberty.

 

The administration is working with bipartisan sponsors on a bill to protect data collected from students through educational apps, with lawmakers claiming to have worked alongside privacy advocates and more than 100 companies including Microsoft, Google and Amplify to develop a pledge that will curtail the misuse of data gathered in the classroom.

 

At the heart of the matter is the growing realization that we live in an age where everyone has their own unique data trail — whether that’s from our smartphones, store cards or posts on social media. This information has become so valuable that it is now collated and analyzed before being sold to other companies. And the likes of Facebook, Google and Twitter have built billion-dollar valuations on this type of data. ...

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Work on smart cities to begin soon in India, 500 brownfield projects to take off | Financial Express

Work on smart cities to begin soon in India, 500 brownfield projects to take off | Financial Express | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu said on Tuesday work would begin on several smart cities very soon and by October activity would be in full swing.

 

Moreover, in a couple of months, about 500 cities with a population of over 1 lakh would be upgraded by redeveloping them. Naidu said that for smart cities to be successful, it was important to empower municipal bodies, adding that allowing them to issue municipal bonds was a step in this direction.

 

“The government is keen to ensure that such improvements are done in a manner such that urban habitations become more livable over a sustained period,” he said. ...

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Data transfers may represent ‘serious violation’ of rights

Data transfers may represent ‘serious violation’ of rights | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

European Court of Justice begins hearing arguments in landmark Facebook privacy case.

 

The European Court of Justice has heard that the alleged transfer of European personal data to US intelligence services represents an “indiscriminate general surveillance” that is “manifestly incompatible” with EU privacy rights.

 

The EU’s highest court heard oral arguments today in the case of Austrian privacy campaigner Max Schrems against the Irish Data Protection Commissioner (DPC), in a referral from the High Court in Dublin.

 

Last year Mr Schrems challenged the DPC for not pursuing his complaint, on foot of claims by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, that Facebook had breached EU law by passing his data to the US National Security Agency’s “Prism” programme. The High Court asked Luxembourg for clarification of EU rules regarding EU citizen data transfer to the US, known as the “Safe Harbour” provision. ...

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Smart cities make dumb citizens | Waag Society

Smart cities make dumb citizens | Waag Society | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

By taking away initiative, enforcing top-down control, and focusing on maximizing efficiency instead of possibility, the smart city is a disaster waiting to happen. Our hope lies in its constituents: the citizens. Citizens can become smart, engaged, and illuminated through mastering the technologies that help them express themselves, connect to others, share their resources and thoughts, and that helps them to reflect so they can decide the best course of action. ...

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Big Data & Smart Cities: How Data Technologies are changing the Recycling Landscape - Organic Stream

This week, we’re exploring how data technologies are changing the recycling and waste management landscape. In a world where connectivity is fast-growing and technology is everywhere, ‘big data’ is becoming a central element to advance outreach and education strategies and improve the performance of recycling schemes. We speak to Marco Mattiello of Italian waste management company Contarina, to understand how the integration of an RFID tracking system into their recycling program has increased efficiency and improved engagement - and to get a glimpse into what the future may hold for big data technologies in their system.

In part two, we we're briefing you on the Zero Waste Europe Workshop on Best Zero Waste Practices in the US and EU, and the European Circular Economy Conference that both took place in Brussels recently, in response to the recent withdrawal of the waste policy package by the new European Commission. ...

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Smart Elevators and the Internet of Things | Sourceable

Smart Elevators and the Internet of Things | Sourceable | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Modern cities depend on reliable elevator systems. Developments in the digital world will see the internet of things further optimize their availability.
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People-centric smart cities: five ways technology can support better urban living | TheCityFix

People-centric smart cities: five ways technology can support better urban living | TheCityFix | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

What are smart cities? While there isn’t a standard definition, consensus is growing around the idea that smart cities utilize technology to foster green development, innovation, and new forms of citizen participation. Smart cities currently enjoy a strong positive image, with 89.6 percent of the population in ten U.S. and Canadian cities in favor of smart city development. Globally, smart cities are buzzing, as India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced last year an initiative to build 100 smart cities by 2024....

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All the Ways To Hack a Smart City | Motherboard

All the Ways To Hack a Smart City | Motherboard | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

As cities embrace software and become smart, they also get more hackable.

 

Last year, IOActive security researcher Cesar Cerrudo demonstratedthat it was pretty easy to hack into traffic control systems used all over the world, potentially causing dangerous traffic jams.

 

A year later, Cerrudo says that was only the beginning. Cities all over the world are embracing software that makes parking systems, traffic control, energy management and other systems smart—all technology to make cities smarter, meaning more connected, efficient and automated.

 

But on the flip side, smarter and connected often means hackable....

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The dystopian lake filled by the world’s tech lust | BBC4

The dystopian lake filled by the world’s tech lust | BBC4 | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Hidden in an unknown corner of China is a toxic, nightmarish lake created by our thirst for smartphones, gadgets and green tech, discovers Tim Maughan.

 

From where I'm standing, the city-sized Baogang Steel and Rare Earth complex dominates the horizon, its endless cooling towers and chimneys reaching up into grey, washed-out sky. Between it and me, stretching into the distance, lies an artificial lake filled with a black, barely-liquid, toxic sludge. ....

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Smart cities and the plight of cultural authenticity | Global Urbanist

Smart cities and the plight of cultural authenticity | Global Urbanist | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
As Asian countries join together to build "smart" urban developments, Kris Hartley explains why planners should heed the lessons of colonial history when it comes to such projects.
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Uber goes Big Data, shares customers' data with a hotel chain | Naked Security

Uber goes Big Data, shares customers' data with a hotel chain | Naked Security | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Uber has joined the rank of Big Data sellers, up there with Facebook, Google and Visa. The product: data about customers' movements, where they shop, where they work, where they go and much more.
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Data, communications, and the future of urban mobility | Arup Connect

Data, communications, and the future of urban mobility | Arup Connect | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Rapid urbanization and increasing mobility demands are exacerbating cities' transportation challenges. A new report describes how technological advances could ...

 

The resulting report, “Intelligent Connectivity for Seamless Urban Mobility,” is available to download from Arup.com. Its findings: the rise of phenomena like “usership” (versus ownership), real-time data processing, and autonomous vehicles could greatly improve our daily journeys — and, by extension, our lives. To realize this potential, however, the public and private sectors must work together to leverage technology while paying close attention to security and sustainability. ...

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Learning to See Data | New York Times

Learning to See Data | New York Times | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Developing instinctual learning can help scientists see patterns in the digital universe.

 

FOR the past year or so genetic scientists at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York have been collaborating with a specialist from another universe: Daniel Kohn, a Brooklyn-based painter and conceptual artist. 

 

Mr. Kohn has no training in computers or genetics, and he’s not there to conduct art therapy classes. His role is to help the scientists with a signature 21st-century problem: Big Data overload. ...

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Government Big Data Problems Are No Match for These Startups | Inc

Government Big Data Problems Are No Match for These Startups | Inc | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
From monitoring the darkest corners of the web to getting government requests cleared more quickly, startups are growing by tackling data overload.
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The First Auction for Algorithms Is Attracting $1,000 Bids | WIRED

The First Auction for Algorithms Is Attracting $1,000 Bids | WIRED | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

A new auction is treating seven impactful algorithms like artworks.

 

“Code can be judged on its aesthetic merits, not just practical merits,” says Fernando Cwilich Gil, an artist and one half of Ruse Laboratories. Gil, along with his partner Benjamin Gleitzman, are the organizers of the Algorithm Auction, a benefit for The Cooper Hewitt that focuses on highlighting the “aesthetics” of computer code. The Ruse team partnered with Artsy to curate seven of what they believe to be the most impactful and elegant algorithms ever created. The algorithmic lots are currently being auctioned off online at Artsy, much like a painting or historically significant piece of furniture might be at Sotheby’s. ....

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In ‘Data-ism’ Steve Lohr gives his take on how Big Data will shape our future | Washington Post

In “Data-ism” Steve Lohr gives his take on how Big Data will shape our future.
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