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Connecting the dots, missing the story: Big Data and the End of “Why?” | Slate

Connecting the dots, missing the story: Big Data and the End of “Why?” | Slate | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Could Big Data have prevented 9/11? Perhaps—Dick Cheney, for one, seems to think so. But let's consider another, far more provocative question: What if 9/11 happened today, in the era of Big Data, making it all but inevitable that all the 19 hijackers had extensive digital histories?

 

It used to be that one's propensity for terrorism was measured in books or sermons. Today, it's measured in clicks. It's not that books or sermons no longer matter—they still do—it's just today they are consumed digitally, in a way that leaves a trail. And that trail allows us to establish patterns. Are the books you bought on Amazon today more radical than the books you bought last month? If so, you might be a person of interest. ...

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Tanzania Open Data Initiative - Data Dive Overview - YouTube

A series of open data dives - hands on workshops with government data practitioners - are being implemented in Tanzania's priority sectors of water, education and health.

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How Big Data and the Internet of Things Create Smart Cities | Data Science Central

How Big Data and the Internet of Things Create Smart Cities | Data Science Central | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

The Internet of Things may be giving over to the Internet of Everything as more and more uses are dreamed up for the new wave of Smart Cities.…

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The Sensor-Rich, Data-Scooping Future | NY Times

The Sensor-Rich, Data-Scooping Future | NY Times | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
G.E. is adding more sensor technology to products like street lights, heralding a sensor explosion that many believe will fuse the physical world with the Internet, anticipating and facilitating human behaviors.
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Land hurdles may block funds for smart cities | Hindustan Times

The Indian government has to fix bottlenecks in land acquisition if it wants the US to open its purses for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet project of developing 100 smart cities in the country.
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How the Microtransit Movement Will Change Your Commute (and Your City) | CityLab

How the Microtransit Movement Will Change Your Commute (and Your City) | CityLab | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

The good and the bad of all these new flexible ride services.

 

Much like the U.S. political system, American urban mobility has traditionally been dominated by two parties: private cars (or cabs), and public transportation. But lately residents of America's largest cities have no doubt noticed lots of new options that seem to fall somewhere in between. A recent Strong Towns post fittingly labeled this middle-tier movement "microtransit" ....

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Living with smartness: Will new technologies turn people into passive human beings? | Open Democracy

Living with smartness: Will new technologies turn people into passive human beings? | Open Democracy | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

I used to see smartness as tyrannical. This was over a decade ago, when I was toiling away in a cold-calling telephone sales job. I tried to communicate my struggles to my manager. I was working hard, I informed him, but with little success. His response was simply to point out that I should “work smarter, not harder.”

The message, as I interpreted it, was simple: failure is your fault—the product of your lack of ingenuity, limited initiative, and absence of guile. You’re not entrepreneurial enough. You’re not smart.

There it was—the blame lay squarely on my shoulders. Smartness made my inadequacies tangible. I wasn’t competing effectively. This was one of those “brushes with neoliberalism on a granular scale” recently described by the writer Philip Mirowski—moments when we discover that “competition is a primary virtue, and solidarity a sign of weakness.” Smartness was the vehicle by which the individualizing properties of contemporary capitalism found their way into my life....

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Cities wide open to cyberattacks | SC Magazine

Cities wide open to cyberattacks | SC Magazine | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

A security researcher has warned that smart cities could possibly be hacked by nationstates, cybercriminals and hactivists.

 

In the 20-page ‘An emerging US (and World) Threat: Cities Wide Open to Cyber Attacks' whitepaper released earlier this week, IOActive CTO Cesar Cerrudo closely examined the vulnerabilities of smart cities, which he says are becoming a “global, accelerating and unstoppable phenomenon”. ...

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Can Big Data Measure Livability in Cities? | PlaceILive

Can Big Data Measure Livability in Cities? | PlaceILive | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Big data helps us measure and predict consumer behavior, hurricanes and even pregnancies. It has revolutionized the way we access and use information. That being said, so far big data has not been able to tackle bigger issues like urbanization or improve the livability of cities.

A new startup, www.placeilive.com thinks big data should and can be used to measure livability. They aggregated open data from government institutions and social media to create a tool that can calculate just that. Dr. Anthony Townsend, author of Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers and the Quest for a new Utopia and an advisor to the company, says: ”PlaceIlive is poised to revolutionize the way people understand quality of life in cities.” ...

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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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CNBC Interview about 100 smart cities in India with Pratap Padode, Smart City Council - YouTube

Indian Union Cabinet gives its nod for the smart cities project
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How Not to Drown in Numbers | NY Times

How Not to Drown in Numbers | NY Times | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

BIG data will save the world. How often have we heard that over the past couple of years? We’re pretty sure both of us have said something similar dozens of times in the past few months.

 

If you’re trying to build a self-driving car or detect whether a picture has a cat in it, big data is amazing. But here’s a secret: If you’re trying to make important decisions about your health, wealth or happiness, big data is not enough.

 

The problem is this: The things we can measure are never exactly what we care about. Just trying to get a single, easy-to-measure number higher and higher (or lower and lower) doesn’t actually help us make the right choice. For this reason, the key question isn’t “What did I measure?” but “What did I miss?” ...

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Glasgow: the making of a smart city | Guardian

Glasgow: the making of a smart city | Guardian | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Over the past two years Glasgow has spent £24m on technology in the hope of becoming the smartest city on the planet. Hamish Macdonell explores the successes and pitfalls of the project.

 

They have come from São Paulo, San Francisco and Chicago, just to learn how Glasgow does it, because Glasgow, once the second city of the British empire, is now supposed to be the city of the future. City planners, civic leaders and technology officials from around the world want to know how it is transforming into possibly the most interconnected, smart and tech-driven metropolis on the planet.

 

Two years ago, Glasgow beat 29 rival cities to win a £24m pot of UK government cash. The money was not earmarked for regeneration, or housing projects or even renewable energy schemes. It was all to be spent on technology. The grant, from the Technology Strategy Board, was designed to transform the winning city into somewhere smarter, safer and more sustainable than anywhere else in Britain. ...

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US tells India to resolve land acquisition, FDI issues to set up smart cities | DNA

US tells India to resolve land acquisition, FDI issues to set up smart cities - The US today asked India to resolve land acquisition problems and address issues concerning foreign direct investment for attracting funds for smart city projects.
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End of the car age: how cities are outgrowing the automobile | Guardian

End of the car age: how cities are outgrowing the automobile | Guardian | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Cities around the world are coming to the same conclusion: they’d be better off with far fewer cars. So what’s behind this seismic shift in our urban lifestyles? Stephen Moss investigates
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The Playful City: Can play and games help to make truly smart cities? Michiel de Lange

The Playful City: Can play and games help to make truly smart cities? Michiel de Lange | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

This is the presentation for the talk that I gave at the Playin Siegen International Urban Games Festival & Seminar on Sunday 19 April 2015

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Smart maps to help realise smart cities: Study | VishwaGujarat

Smart maps to help realise smart cities: Study | VishwaGujarat | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Smart maps - an interactive mapping system that generates immersive images - could contribute to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's smart cities project,
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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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