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MIT urban development head asserts that Agenda 21 smart cities are the best alternative to outright population control

MIT urban development head asserts that Agenda 21 smart cities are the best alternative to outright population control | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

In a recent Q&A with SmartPlanet, top urban developer and director of MIT’s Media Lab’s Changing Places group Kent Larson openly states that Agenda 21′s concept of smart cities and micro-apartments is the alternative to outright population control. He also stresses that the influence MIT wields in the actual development of so-called micro-apartments is increasing. Larson:

“We just have to accept that cities are growing. You could wish they weren’t. You could hope that population control would reduce the rate at which these cities are expanding. We just start with that as a given.

 

In these words, Larson implicitly states that population control is something to be hoped for, but must in the end be regarded as something unrealistic. The second best thing, according to Larson, is further development of compact mega-cities as outlined by UN’s Agenda 21. In response to a question why people should care about population growth, and what this means for MIT’s urban development endeavors, Larson answers ....

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New paper: "Collect it all: National Security, Big data and Governance" by Jeremy Crampton

This paper is a case study of complications of Big Data. The case study draws from the US intelligence community (IC), but the issues are applicable on a wide scale to Big Data. There are two ways Big Data are making a big impact: a reconceptualization of (geo)privacy, and “algorithmic security.” Geoprivacy is revealed as a geopolitical assemblage rather than something possessed and is part of emerging political economy of technology and neoliberal markets. Security has become increasingly algorithmic and biometric, enrolling Big Data to disambiguate the biopolitical subject. Geoweb and remote sensing technologies, companies, and knowledges are imbricated in this assemblage of algorithmic security. I conclude with three spaces of intervention; new critical histories of the geoweb that trace the relationship of geography and the state; a fuller political economy of the geoweb and its circulations of geographical knowledge; and legislative and encryption efforts that enable the geographic community to participate in public debate.

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'Big Ideas' for transit: subway beacons, data stories, smart helmets | Capital New York

'Big Ideas' for transit: subway beacons, data stories, smart helmets | Capital New York | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
What if subway passengers agreed to let the MTA know where they were in the system using their cell phones?
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From smart to disruptive cities: where would you like to live?

From smart to disruptive cities: where would you like to live? | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
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Tomorrow's cities: Why is that lamp-post watching me? BBC

Tomorrow's cities: Why is that lamp-post watching me?  BBC | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Cities are increasingly gathering data from a range of unusual sources as the cost of chip technology falls and data-gathering sensors can be fitted on pretty much anything, from bridges to sewers, streetlights to bins.

 

And in Glasgow the city council is looking to upgrade its streetlights to more energy-efficient LED lights - likely to make up to 50% savings on one of the city's largest bills.

But Glasgow wants to go further and has programmed them to increase in brightness if noise levels rise - for example if there is a disturbance in the area.

 

The pilot project will be integrated with the newly built City Operations Centre, where CCTV cameras from across the city are monitored and staff can zoom in on any problems.

 

A nifty way to solve crime, some would say, but for others a privacy nightmare....

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More noise, more light to surveillance! 

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This Danish Neighborhood Is A Giant Experiment For Smart Cities | co.Exist

This Danish Neighborhood Is A Giant Experiment For Smart Cities | co.Exist | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
In a suburb of Copenhagen, every lamp post has its own IP address.
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Big Data Privacy is About You, Me, Them, and Us | SmartData Collective

Big Data Privacy is About You, Me, Them, and Us | SmartData Collective | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Today, we live in an always-on digital world. We work online. We socialize online. We shop online. We bank online. We support causes online. Not to mention, we drive on toll roads with our EZPasses, go to Disney World with our MagicBands, and check our personal stats with our Fitbits. We are living in a big data world.
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Cisco Smart City sets blueprint for future communities in India | Infotech

Cisco Smart City sets blueprint for future communities in India | Infotech | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Cisco has unveiled ‘Cisco Smart City’ as a blueprint for the future of smart and connected communities in India.

 

The initiative is the outcome of Cisco’s collaboration with the Government of India on the Digital India initiative.

 

Cisco Smart City symbolizes what the digitization of a country means for the future of work, education, healthcare and the electronic delivery of citizen services, Cisco said.

 

The Internet of Everything (IoE)-powered Globalization Centre East campus in Bangalore demonstrates how citizens can live, work, play and learn in a Digital India....

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The Future Smart City Will Be Built Around You and the Internet of You | Forbes

That’s why the current model of a Smart City as an extended Internet of Things is inadequate. It leaves out the most critical component—you, the digital citizen. You are not just a thing, but the reason the system exists. There can be no useful vision of a city, smart or otherwise, that doesn’t place you at its center.

 

So, then, what is a smart city? And what are the implications for the people who live within its bounds? There can be no useful vision of a city, smart or otherwise, that doesn’t place you at its center. To truly make the most of what a city can be, planners, companies, and urban dwellers need to understand three critical things:...

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Rogue big data projects running wild across businesses | Computerworld

Rogue big data projects running wild across businesses | Computerworld | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Individual departments inside organisations with big data strategies are running rogue projects without consulting the IT group, new research has found.
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It will not be rogue, if you have a Chief Analytics Officer in the organization.  This is the problem of IT lagging behind the leverage-able opportunities.

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Changing the way cities perform | RIBAJ

Changing the way cities perform | RIBAJ | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

The objectives of Smart Cities initiatives often include highly desirable efficiency, resilience, growth and vitality. But a more fundamental objective underlies all of these: fairness ...

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Dublin Dashboard - city intelligence. Real-time info, interactive maps, indicators, service loc/info

Dublin Dashboard - city intelligence. Real-time info, interactive maps, indicators, service loc/info | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

The Dublin Dashboard provides citizens, public sector workers and companies with real-time information, time-series indicator data, and interactive maps about all aspects of the city. It enables users to gain detailed, up to date intelligence about the city that aids everyday decision making and fosters evidence-informed analysis.

 

The Dublin Dashboard pulls together data from major data sources -- including Dublin City Council, Dublinked, Central Statistics Office, Eurostat, and government departments, and links to a variety of existing applications -- to provide thousands of interactive data visualisations. The underlying data is freely available so others can undertake their own analysis and build their own applications and visualisations. ...

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Smart Sensors for Smart Cities | Sensors

Smart Sensors for Smart Cities | Sensors | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
This article discusses sensor technologies that would allow municipal governments to monitor traffic flow in real time, directing assistance where it is needed, and gain important data for future city planning projects. Dr. Christian Claudel’s Distributed Sensing Systems Laboratory at KAUST has developed smart sensor technologies that can make this vision a reality.
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Forum discusses how to make Montreal a smart city | CTV - video

Forum discusses how to make Montreal a smart city | CTV - video | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Self-driving cars? Smart transportation? Future technology will play a large role in cities like Montreal, a Liberal conference heard Sunday.
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In Europe, Taking Smart Cities to the People - Urban Land Magazine

In Europe, Taking Smart Cities to the People - Urban Land Magazine | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Data from “Smart Citizen” trials can guide government decisions on carbon, resources, planning, and resilience.

 

The world’s first truly “smart city” may not yet exist, but for U.K. digital innovation lab FutureEverything, the concept is already ripe for reinvention.

 

Much like the technology that has allowed policy makers to envision the urban environment as better planned, more efficient, and intelligent, the definition of what smart city actually means is undergoing rapid change. And Drew Hemment, chief executive officer of FutureEverything, a nonprofit creative community-interest company based in Manchester, England, is just one of the digital innovators helping European cities understand the implications. ...

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" Manchester is now the third European city after Barcelona and Amsterdam to try the Smart Citizen project. It is a grass-roots digital initiative that provides decentralized open-data platforms and tools—available to anyone—to record their real-time interactions with their surroundings and provide critical data sets that will help define urban needs."

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Chicago is defining how US cities employ big data - diginomica

Chicago is defining how US cities employ big data - diginomica | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Chicago is building a big data infrastructure designed to improve citizens life.

 

Chicago is by far the largest American city to announce plans aimed at exploiting the benefits of big data.  Although in pilot phase today on Michigan Avenue, the city plans to install hundreds of sensors around the city to record detailed information about weather, light, sound and smartphone usage in a project dubbed the ‘Array of Things.’ ...

 

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Qatar Is Building A $45 Billion City From Scratch | Business Insider

Qatar Is Building A $45 Billion City From Scratch | Business Insider | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Lusail City is under construction north of Doha. It's meant to be a symbol of Qatari progress.

 

As of now, Qatar will host the World Cup in 2022. It will almost certainly take place in winter. The final will be held at the not-yet-built Lusail Iconic Stadium in the not-yet-built city of Lusail — a massive planned community set to be completed by 2020 at a cost of an estimated $45 billion.

 

The most recent Lusail City master plan calls for two golf courses, a theme park, a lagoon, and two marinas. There will be 19 different districts and 22 different hotels in the 38-square-mile city. Pneumatic tubes will transport trash to a central location for processing. Residents can live in waterfront villas or garden villas or towering skyscrapers. There will eventually enough housing to accomodate 450,000 people, the developer claims —  nearly 200,000 more than the number of citizens in the country....

 
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How the big-data revolution can help design ideal cities | Globe and Mail

How the big-data revolution can help design ideal cities | Globe and Mail | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

There are sensors everywhere collecting data, unnoticed. Data on how you move through space – on foot, on bike, in a car, in public transit. How much water and electricity you use, and when; how much garbage you produce and where it goes. Data on things we haven’t yet imagined. And these reams and reams of information will allow us to not only understand the city better but improve it. This is the future of the city. ...

 

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What makes a city a city - and does it really matter anyway? | Guardian

What makes a city a city - and does it really matter anyway? | Guardian | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
In this dizzying world of tech cities, garden cities and smart cities, perhaps it's time to redefine what it means to be a city at all
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India’s new government is spending £700m on new smart cities | CityMetric

India’s new government is spending £700m on new smart cities | CityMetric | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
With 857m people still living in its countryside, India is currently home to the largest rural population in the world. But that is, gradually, changing. At the moment, less than a third of India’s population live in an urban area; by the middle of the century, the UN projects, it’ll be more than half.
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Esri to support 100 smart cities project in India - Climate Action Programme

Esri to support 100 smart cities project in India - Climate Action Programme | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
International Geographic Information System supplier set to play be big role in Narendra Modi’s US$1.13 billion smart cities plan
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Big Data is, but not unquestioningly, the answer, he says - BetaBoston

Big Data is, but not unquestioningly, the answer, he says - BetaBoston | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

"Big Data," a phrase that's often said aloud with lots of vim ("Big Data!"), is just a heap of junk — until you know what you're looking for. Jake Porway ...

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Larry Page wants a Google 2.0 that will build cities and airports, report says | The Verge

Larry Page wants a Google 2.0 that will build cities and airports, report says | The Verge | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
As if self-driving cars, balloon-carried internet, or the eradication of death weren't ambitious enough projects, Google CEO Larry Page has apparently been working behind the scenes to set up even...
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Eerie Video Shows Masdar City--The Sustainable City Of The Future--Has No One In It

Eerie Video Shows Masdar City--The Sustainable City Of The Future--Has No One In It | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
What happens when you spend billions to build a renewable-energy powered, entrepreneur-fueled city in the middle of the Arabian desert? As this video...

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Building the World's First Carbon-Neutral City (Masdar) | Smithsonian Mag

Building the World's First Carbon-Neutral City (Masdar) | Smithsonian Mag | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Masdar City, near Abu Dhabi, boasts green buildings, a fleet of electric cars and massive solar arrays. But will the experiment work?

 

The oil-rich Emirate of Abu Dhabi is well aware that someday the crude will stop flowing. What then? In a rather epic attempt to get ahead of their own future, the powers that be are hard at work building and promoting Masdar City, an ambitious self-contained renewable-energy experimental city designed by Foster and Partners and rising in the desert 11 miles from downtown. Now in its sixth year of development, the city, which is being managed by local conglomerate Masdar (with significant backing from the government), is well underway. As an experiment, it’s fascinating. As a viable hunk of commercial real estate, however, the jury is still out.  ....

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New surveillance states have placed us in an invisible prison | Salon

New surveillance states have placed us in an invisible prison | Salon | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Is it possible to go untracked in this new digital dystopia? It's gotten harder -- but here's how I've done it.

 

The continuing revelations by Edward Snowden have convinced many of us that we are living in a modern surveillance state. And the problem isn’t just the activities of the National Security Agency and Great Britain’s GCHQ. “Trickle Down Surveillance” has provided spy technology to small town police officers and developing world dictators. In addition, our activities are monitored for commercial reasons by a wide variety of international corporations (Amazon isn’t the “Everything Store,” it’s the “Find Out Everything About You” store).

 

Anyone who steps back for a minute and observes our modern digital world might conclude that we have destroyed our privacy in exchange for convenience and false security. That private world within our thoughts has been monitored, tabulated and quantified. Our tastes, our opinions, our needs and our desires have been packaged and sold as commodities. Those in power have pushed their need for control one step too far. They turned unique individuals into data files, and our most intimate actions have become algorithmic probabilities. ...

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