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Smarter Cities -- IBM launch new masterclass video series

Smarter Cities -- IBM launch new masterclass video series | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

It is in this spirit of collaboration that IBM is launching the Smarter Cities Master Class, a video lecture series that provides viewers insights from IBM Researchers. These speakers work directly with cities and academia around the globe to help them overcome some of their toughest issues, like resource management, transportation, healthcare, and education.

 

By sharing the expertise of our researchers and the successes of our customers we hope to foster new ideas, new thinking and the kind of collaboration that’s needed to solve the challenges facing our cities, our citizens and the world...

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What makes a city 'smart,' anyway? | Model D

What makes a city 'smart,' anyway? | Model D | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
In the wake of the recent Meeting of the Minds conference in Detroit, here are some thoughts on what we mean when we talk about 'smart cities.'
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Civic Tech and Engagement: With Waze, Who's in the Driver's Seat?

Civic Tech and Engagement: With Waze, Who's in the Driver's Seat? | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Can you be a "connected citizen" if you don't know that you are connected to government? That's the question that's been on my mind since Waze, the crowdsourced traffic data company recently acquired by Google, announced a major new partnership with ten local cities and governments around the world called "Connected Citizens."

 

Under this program, Waze will be giving city, state and county authorities like the New York Police Department and Rio de Janiero's Operations Center real-time traffic incident data (aggregated and anonymized) and in turn getting timely and relevant data from the authorities about scheduled events (construction, marathons and the like) that can also cause traffic problems. Since the program's announcement, dozens more governments have been applying to join in.

 

At first glance, this can only be seen as a net plus good where everyone wins: Waze users get even better real-time traffic help, first responders can move faster to address road problems, and Google and Waze can make their traffic maps and predictions more accurate (something that was already happening as Wazers' data was incorporated into Google Maps last year).

 

But the New York Police Department is hardly anyone's idea of a transparent or responsive public organization, and Waze--for all its user-friendly language and services--is also part of a much larger business, Google, that is also all over the map on protecting user privacy. So this new partnership between Waze and governments around the world deserves much closer attention.....

 

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The Core Features of the Data-Powered City | Data-Smart City Solutions

The Core Features of the Data-Powered City | Data-Smart City Solutions | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
In our new book, The Responsive City: Engaging Communities Through Data-Smart Governance, Susan Crawford and I show how the most innovative cities and their leaders are using technology to become more nimble and better able to respond to the needs of a growing population. We describe four core features of this new governance
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Khammam as a smart city? City still plagued by poor infrastructure | The Hindu

Khammam as a smart city? City still plagued by poor infrastructure | The Hindu | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
More than a year-and-a-half after being upgraded as a municipal corporation, the town is plagued by poor infrastructure. The State Govt’s recent move to back Khammam’s inclusion in the list of smart cities thus comes as a lifeline to the fund-starved corporation
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Big Data And The Death of Passion | Forbes

We live in the “information age” – perhaps too much information -  and the consultants are having a field day  telling us how to handle it all. “It may not be possible to overstate at this point how important big data analytics could be to the business world…what may look like [...]
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The case for a new landscape science | Places

The case for a new landscape science | Places | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Landscape architects have begun to venture from the confines of garden, park, and plaza into more adventurous practice. Now the field needs a new name: landscape science.
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Is the Sharing Economy Making Cities Less Cooperative? | Zocalo

Is the Sharing Economy Making Cities Less Cooperative? | Zocalo | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

These days every city claims to be a “smart” city, or is becoming one, with heavy investments in modern information and computing technology to attract businesses and make the city competitive.  But when mayors and developers focus on technology rather than people, smart quickly becomes stupid, threatening to exacerbate inequality and undermine the social cooperation essential to successful cities. After researching leading cities around the world, we’ve concluded that truly smart cities will be those that deploy modern technology in building a new urban commons to support communal sharing.....

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Smart Cities | Navigant Research

City leaders all over the world have embraced the smart city concept with enthusiasm. They are heralding innovative projects and laying out a vision for how cities can use technology to meet sustai...
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Trying to Live in the Moment (and Not on the Phone) | NY Times

Trying to Live in the Moment (and Not on the Phone) | NY Times | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

By providing a scoreboard of our smartphone use, new apps may help us change our ways.

 

There’s a scene in the movie “Her,” a love story between a lonely writer and an artificially intelligent software program, that shows dozens of people riding the subway, deeply absorbed in their smartphones, oblivious to the world around them. They all seem much more comfortable interacting with their devices than with one another. That scene was disturbingly familiar — and seeing it from afar cast it in an unsettling light.

 

Since seeing the film, I’ve been more attuned to how often I use my phone. But it’s hard for me to tell whether I’m using it too much. ...

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This Algorithm Predicts A Neighborhood's Crime Rate Using Google Street View | Co.Labs

This Algorithm Predicts A Neighborhood's Crime Rate Using Google Street View | Co.Labs | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Every day we make complex inferences based on our surroundings. Is that a safe street to walk down? Is the nearest McDonald’s to the left? We use a contextual understanding of, and judgments about, our environment to look beyond merely the “visual scene” and decide what stores and services we expect to find nearby, and even the likely economic climate of the neighborhood.

 

Now a computer can do the same thing by simply looking at a picture from Google Street View.

 

A deep learning project by researchers at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) fed 8 million images from Google Street View into an algorithm. The result is a computer that can accurately predict the distance to the nearest McDonald’s in the fewest steps possible, and the crime rate of an area, by looking at an image....

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Revealed: how Whisper app tracks ‘anonymous’ users | Guardian

Revealed: how Whisper app tracks ‘anonymous’ users | Guardian | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

‘Confessional’ app follows some users even after they have asked not to be tracked.

 

The company behind Whisper, the social media app that promises users anonymity and claims to be the “the safest place on the internet”, is tracking the location of its users, including some who have specifically asked not to be followed.

 

The practice of monitoring the whereabouts of Whisper users – including those who have expressly opted out of geolocation services – will alarm users, who are encouraged to disclose intimate details about their private and professional lives.

 

Whisper is also sharing information with the US Department of Defense gleaned from smartphones it knows are used from military bases, and developing a version of its app to conform with Chinese censorship laws. ...

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Are smart cities really that smart? | RIBAJ

Are smart cities really that smart? | RIBAJ | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

The term ‘smart cities’ has come to dominate how the cities of the future are envisioned and described by policy makers, urban planners and technology suppliers.  They see the cities of the future as global and strategic, able to operate a seamless platform of infrastructure and services built on a substrate of pervasive technology that can sense and control the environment. The pursuit of automation in decision-making is feeding the fetish for city data acquired in real time to manage all aspects of urban living, including energy, waste, transport, education, law and order and more recently citizenship and governance. ...

 

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A Slow Smart City: Bangalore's $6 Billion Traffic Headache

A Slow Smart City: Bangalore's $6 Billion Traffic Headache | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

The annual cost to local IT and business process outsourcing (BPO) companies in Bangalore reaches as much as US$6.5 billion annually.  

India’s fifth largest city, Bangalore, deserves much of the credit and attention for India’s economic transformation the past 20 years. Home to massive information technology companies including Wipro and Infosys, the Bangalore metropolitan area contributes as much as one-third of India’s IT exports. Many global companies, including SAP, have long set up shop in Bangalore. Many of the technologies that are part of the foundation of the “smart cities” movement underway worldwide have a base in Bangalore. But as in the case of other cities throughout India, being stuck in traffic gives the feeling one is anywhere but a “smart city.”....

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Quantifying the Livable City | CityLab

Quantifying the Livable City | CityLab | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

NYU's Constantine Kontokosta sees Big Data as a tool not just for saving energy—but for making cities healthier, more resilient, and more equitable. ...

 

Yet it was Kontokosta, the deputy director of academics at New York University's Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP), who conceived of Hudson Yards as what is now being called the nation's first "quantified community." This entails an unprecedentedly wide array of data being collected—not just on energy and water consumption, but real-time greenhouse gas emissions and airborne pollutants, measured with tools like hyper-spectral imagery. ...

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Governing in the Smartphone Era | Harvard Magazine

Governing in the Smartphone Era | Harvard Magazine | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

In 2011, after nine years and a $2-billion investment, New York City’s revamped 911 system still had a major problem: trouble in tracking emergency responses, especially when multiple calls came in about the same incident, or one call involved multiple incidents. This made it nearly impossible for officials to tease out why some city residents waited longer for aid—a matter, potentially, of life and death.

The city had all the information it needed about the 30,000 calls it received daily, but lacked a system to unify that data and, more importantly, the political will to do so. ....

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The $2 Trillion Mega-City Dividend China’s Leaders Oppose: Cities | Bloomberg

The $2 Trillion Mega-City Dividend China’s Leaders Oppose: Cities | Bloomberg | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

China needs a new prescription for growth: Cram even more people into the pollution-ridden megacities of Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen.  

 

While this may sound like a recipe for disaster, failing to expand and improve these urban areas could be even worse. That’s because the biggest cities drive innovation and specialization, with easier-to-reach consumers and more cost-efficient public transport systems, according to Yukon Huang, a former World Bank chief in China.

 

He estimates China’s leaders’ seven-month-old urbanization blueprint, which aims to funnel rural migrants to smaller cities, will slice as much as a percentage point off gross domestic product growth annually through the end of 2020. ...

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Is the future of cities smart? | RSA Comment

Is the future of cities smart? | RSA Comment | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

In the future, cities will account for 80% of wealth creation, 60% of energy consumption, and almost 90% of global population growth, according to research on city science from MIT. Russel Cooke argues that those cities that understand the value of ‘big data’ within their urbanisation strategies will be better positioned for future improvements. ...

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A political economy of Twitter data? by @samkinsley | Contagion

Many of the research articles and blogs concerning conducting research with social media data, and in particular with Twitter data, offer overviews of their methods (link is external) for harvesting data through an API. An Application Programming Interface (link is external) is a set of software components that allow third parties to connect to a given application or system and utilise its capacities using their own code. Most of these research accounts tend to make this process seem rather straight forward. Researchers can either write a programme themselves, such as, or can utilise one of several tools that have emerged that provide a WYSIWYG interface for undertaking the connection to the social networking platform, such as implementing yourTwapperKeeper (link is external), COSMOS (link is external) or using a service such as ScraperWiki (link is external) (to which I will return). However, what is little commented upon is the restrictions put on access to data through many of the social networking platform APIs, in particular Twitter. The aim of this blog post is to address some of the issues around access to data and what we are permitted to do with it. ...

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Why Hasn’t ‘Big Data’ Saved Democracy? | The Nation

Why Hasn’t ‘Big Data’ Saved Democracy? | The Nation | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Micah Sifry’s new book offers some answers, but misses important shifts in the power base of traditional progressive organizing.
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How to Pay for Your Smart City? | FutureGov

Download the 'Smart Cities Financing Guide’ - free for a limited period! Claim your FREE digital copy of ‘Smart Cities Financing Guide’ now. By downloading this report, you agree you may be contacted by our report sponsor. Expert analysis of 28 municipal finance tools for city leaders investing in the future, developed by the Centre for Urban Innovation at Arizona State University and the Smart Cities Council.   This 104-page report provides you with all the answers you need to finance your Smart City vision . . .
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Re-imagining Cities. Technology as a way to re-design public institutions and re-imagine governance

Re-imagining Cities. Technology as a way to re-design public institutions and re-imagine governance | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

From Philadelphia to Berlin to Singapore: data is changing the way citizens and businesses live in and interact with their urban surroundings. The city is emerging as a new platform, allowing citizen-stakeholders to reengineer their geographies in real time and, together, co-create the urban realities in which they live (or wish to live). ...


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Chicago's smart city: From open data to rat control | ZDNet

Chicago's smart city: From open data to rat control | ZDNet | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

To become a smart city, Chicago has recognised the need to pool all data sources into one publicly available platform.

 

"For us in Chicago, it all starts with data. For Mayor [Rahm] Emanuel, everything comes back to data," City of Chicago CIO Brenna Berman said.

 

Speaking at the Internet of Things (IoT) World Forum in Chicago on Wednesday, Berman said that open data forms the basis of all of the city's work in building up to becoming a smart city. Over 600 datasets in human- and machine-readable format are available now on the city's website, ranging from all crimes reported in the city from 2001 up until the prior week, water quality data, 311 call data, licensing data, and permit data.

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Google wants to turn urbanites into beta testers of a ‘Physical Web’ | Washington Post

Google wants to turn urbanites into beta testers of a ‘Physical Web’ | Washington Post | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
From networked parking meters to small offline stores with mirrored digital presences, Google's plans for 'the Physical Web' are intensely urban.
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What Rem Koolhaas Thinks of Smart Cities and The New Apple Campus | Architizer

Rem Koolhaas sat down at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit in San Francisco in a very traditional American talk-show format to discuss some American phenomenons, most notably smart homes, smart cities, and the Apple campus in Cupertino, California. ....

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A New Smart City Cloud Platform in Boston | StateTech

A New Smart City Cloud Platform in Boston | StateTech | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

A new cloud-based smart city system being developed in Boston could be a model for other state and local governments.

The project is called SCOPE, and it stands for Smart-city Cloud-based Open Platform & Eco-system. Boston University’s Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering is spearheading the project in collaboration with several private-sector firms and multiple state and local agencies, including Massachusetts’ lead agency for technology — MassIT — and the Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization.

SCOPE’s primary goal is to “develop and implement smart-city services that aim to improve the quality of urban life”...

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