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Smart cities, smart people | Pieria

Smart cities, smart people | Pieria | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Smart technology can transform the lives of those who live and work in large cities - but it is not without costs and dangers.

 

I recently had the pleasure of attending The Economist's conference on the future of cities. At the heart of the conference was a thoughtful presentation by Richard Sennett of the LSE on "smart cities".

"Smart cities" are a much-hyped phenomenon. Technology providers have promoted "smart" solutions to urban challenges, with varying degrees of success. All too often, their ideas have foundered on political and bureaucratic obstacles, or have proved unworkable because of conflict between the vision of clean technological solutions and what Sennett describes as the "messiness" of people's lives. ...

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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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How Open Data Is Transforming City Life - Techonomy

How Open Data Is Transforming City Life - Techonomy | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Cities and their citizens worldwide are discovering the power of “open data.

 

Start a business. Manage your power use. Find cheap rents, or avoid crime-ridden neighborhoods. Cities and their citizens worldwide are discovering the power of “open data”—public data and information available from government and other sources that can help solve civic problems and create new business opportunities. By opening up data about transportation, education, health care, and more, municipal governments are helping app developers, civil society organizations, and others to find innovative ways to tackle urban problems. For any city that wants to promote entrepreneurship and economic development, open data can be a valuable new resource. ...

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Brenna Berman on rats, big data, social good and innovation - Chicago Tribune video

Brenna Berman on rats, big data, social good and innovation - Chicago Tribune video | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
The City of Chicago's chief information officer discusses ways in which the city uses data; a project that "goes after rats before we ever get a complaint"; homeless prevention; the City of Big Data exhibit; and the biggest threat to innovation. ...
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Building Smart Cities in India - The Epoch Times

Building Smart Cities in India - The Epoch Times | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is planning to replace and rethink the India Planning Commission, with a new think tank system for green building strategies.
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Big Data Opportunities to Transform Cities — IBMdatamag.com

Big Data Opportunities to Transform Cities — IBMdatamag.com | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

American poet A. R. Ammons once said, “A word too much repeated falls out of being.” And although the term big data sometimes seems to be too often repeated, it’s not about to fall “out of being” when it comes to the transformation of today’s cities. In fact, it won’t be long until many who live in cities large and small look back and recall the ways in which the use of big data and big data opportunities made their cities smarter, more efficient, and more capable than ever.

Big data opens up many possibilities for cities. From enhanced patient outcomes in local hospitals to tax collection, road safety, crowd control, traffic flow, garbage collection, and opinion polling, the list goes on. Big data offers municipalities opportunities to transform policies, ideas, and outcomes like never before.

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Dubai rolling out smart city on a small scale | The National

Dubai rolling out smart city on a small scale | The National | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Dubai’s dream of becoming an integrated smart city moved a step closer yesterday with the emirate’s Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA) announcing plans to build a pilot-scale project in the planned Silicon Park.

 

The Centre of Excellence for Smart Habitat (Cesh) will be built in the planned Dh1.1 billion, 150,000 square metre Silicon Park smart city, itself a part of the Dubai Silicon Oasis technology park. ...

 

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Future cities: Smart street lighting | CIBSE Journal

Future cities: Smart street lighting | CIBSE Journal | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Energy-efficient lamps and smart control systems are transforming lighting in our streets. Liza Young finds out how 21st-century technology is saving taxpayers millions, and casting cities in a whole new light
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The Beauty of Code, Vikram Chandra | Paris Review

The Beauty of Code, Vikram Chandra | Paris Review | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

An excerpt from Vikram Chandra’s “Geek Sublime: The Beauty of Code, the Code of Beauty.”

 

This is what ugly code looks like. This is a dependency diagram—a graphic representation of interdependence or coupling (the black lines) between software components (the gray dots) within a program. A high degree of interdependence means that changing one component inside the program could lead to cascading changes in all the other connected components, and in turn to changes in their dependencies, and so on. Programs with this kind of structure are brittle, and hard to understand and fix. This dependency program was submitted anonymously to TheDailyWTF.com, where working programmers share “Curious Perversions in Information Technology” as they work. The exhibits at TheDailyWTF are often embodiments of stupidity, of miasmic dumbness perpetrated by the squadrons of sub-Mort programmers putting together the software that runs businesses across the globe.....

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A dating Site for Algorithms | MIT Technology Review

A dating Site for Algorithms | MIT Technology Review | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
A startup called Algorithmia wants to connect underused algorithms with those who want to make sense of data.
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Is there a creativity deficit in science? | Ars Technica

Is there a creativity deficit in science? | Ars Technica | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Nobel Laureate Richard Feynman once said, "Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts." Today, however, the hundreds of billions of dollars of government funding that supports the world's academic research ecosystem is distributed based almost exclusively on the opinions of senior experts (or ‘peers’). These experts review proposals and seek to find ideas impervious to criticism. Unfortunately, a research idea that is immune to criticism during peer review will, by its very nature, be cautious and take minimal risks. ....

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We Have Never Been Digital | Comms of ACM

We Have Never Been Digital | Comms of ACM | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Reflections on the intersection of computing and the humanities. ... 

This column is inspired by the fashionable concept of the "digital humanities." That will be our destination rather than our starting point, as we look back at the long history of the idea that adoption of computer technology is a revolutionary moment in human history. Along the way we will visit the work of Nicholas Negroponte and Bruno Latour, whose books Being Digital and We Have Never Been Modern I splice to suggest that we have, in fact, never been digital. ...

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The Chicago School of Data | Data-Smart City Solutions

The Chicago School of Data | Data-Smart City Solutions | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
The Chicago School of Data is less of an academic discipline and more of a method for cooperative, data-driven progress united by one key principle—that data, as public good, is one that is at the service of all people, not a select few or special interests.
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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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Internet of Things Security Study Initial Report | Beecham Research

Beecham Research’s IoT security study includes an initial report that examines the current security issues that need to be addressed for an effective and developing IoT market. Exclusively, the report also covers Government requirements in Europe and North America for security of what is increasingly being referred to as Critical Infrastructure, of which the Internet of Things is a part.

This first report is a significant component of a larger study that includes substantial industry collaboration – covering silicon device vendors and extending across all major industry stakeholders – followed by publication of frameworks for an array of use cases....

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Critical infrastructure & IoT. What it means in terms of security compliance?

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How hackable are our cities? BBC News, video

How hackable are our cities? BBC News, video | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Smart digital cities are intended to run more smoothly and make urban life easier. But do they also leave us vulnerable to attack?

Ken Munro of Pen Test Partners LLP demonstrated to BBC News how the infrastructure of modern cities can be hacked by malicious people with software skills. ...

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Smart Cities: What will the city of the future be like? France 24 video

Smart Cities: What will the city of the future be like? Subscribe to France 24 now http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=france24english Across...
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The Dark Side of Big Data | Wharton

The Dark Side of Big Data | Wharton | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Big Data is poised to play a powerful role in sustainability. But that power can be abused and it could remain cloistered in the developed world.

 

Hopes are high for Big Data. GE declares in an online video that the Industrial Internet, a.k.a. the Internet of Things, will bring us “a faster, safer, cleaner, more productive world. And it will be greater than what we’ve ever done before.”

 

But there is also a growing awareness that important concerns have to be addressed if these hopes are to be realized. If the four V’s — volume, velocity, variety and verification — define what Big Data is, then four P’s— practicality, privacy, power and privilege — define the hurdles that Big Data must clear in the race to achieve a sustainable future. ...

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Urban Intelligence: Achieving Smart Connected Cities - Don Tapscott

Urban Intelligence: Achieving Smart Connected Cities - Don Tapscott | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Don Tapscott discusses how cities can transform themselves around 10 axes: Economic Development; Public Safety; Open Government; Transportation and Managing Traffic congestion, Powering the City, Clean air and water, Human Services; Education; Government Operations; and Transforming Democracy.

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Microsoft's Citynext set to create 200 smart cities in China | WantChinaTimes

Microsoft's Citynext set to create 200 smart cities in China | WantChinaTimes | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

A year after Microsoft launched its smart city initiative Citynext, it has won over 200 partnerships with governments, businesses and individuals worldwide, with each proposing and implementing development plans based on the Microsoft platform, according to Joel Cherkis, general manager for government sales at Microsoft. ...

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Cloud-based applications key to smart cities project | livemint

Cloud-based applications key to smart cities project | livemint | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

A  cloud-based suite of “Smart City” applications part- funded by the central government can really help in speeding up implementation. The manifesto of the ruling party envisages the creation of 100 “smart cities”. With key urban development functions being under the mandate of the local government authorities, various municipal corporations have, on their own, initiated actions for adoption of the smart city concept. In April, one of the largest information technology companies in the world announced the selection of Surat to develop it as India’s first smart city under a private initiative launched last year. It aims to use a combination of cloud technology, mobile applications, data analytics and social networks to provide real-time data on all civic services. In Noida, on Delhi’s outskirts, a number of private developers have announced plans for future-ready smart cities as well. Other private networking and connectivity companies have spoken of being heavily engaged in smart city projects coming up in Kerala, in Greater Hyderabad and Greater Bangalore.

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What Happens to #Ferguson Affects Ferguson:

What Happens to #Ferguson Affects Ferguson: | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Ferguson is about many things, starting first with race and policing in America.

 

But it’s also about internet, net neutrality and algorithmic filtering.

It’s a clear example of why “saving the Internet”, as it often phrased, is not an abstract issue of concern only to nerds, Silicon Valley bosses, and few NGOs. It’s why “algorithmic filtering” is not a vague concern.

 

It’s a clear example why net neutrality is a human rights issue; a free speech issue; and an issue of the voiceless being heard, on their own terms. ...

 

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The Big Lie Behind the Biggest Data Breaches | Huffington Post

The Big Lie Behind the Biggest Data Breaches | Huffington Post | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Enough with the data breach excuses already. Not only are they as jaded as the breaches themselves, they're often just not true. In the aftermath of almost every data breach, chances are you're only going to get a boilerplate public statement....
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The internet of things is setting up the ultimate culture clash | Gigaom

The internet of things is setting up the ultimate culture clash | Gigaom | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
How a company builds a business model, or even products for the internet of things, depends on which side of the cultural divide they are coming from — old-line or the digital economy
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Open data's Achilles heel: re-identification | ZDNet

Open data's Achilles heel: re-identification | ZDNet | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Privacy czar floats possibility of making re-identification of anonymised data illegal.  

 

Governments around the globe are embracing the mantra of open data and talking up its productivity benefits, but none have so far made the re-identification of this mass of anonymised data illegal.

 

That's possibly because the risks of re-identification in a world of multiple open sets of anonymised data are still energetically debated. ...

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