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Amsterdam, Barcelona, SF collaborate on smart-city apps - Greenbang

Amsterdam, Barcelona, SF collaborate on smart-city apps - Greenbang | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Three cities -- Amsterdam, Barcelona and San Francisco -- are collaborating with a Silicon Valley-based software company to launch a smart-city software platform for collecting, analyzing and visualizing data.
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New bikeshare data standard opens doors for more apps, research | Mobility Lab

New bikeshare data standard opens doors for more apps, research | Mobility Lab | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
After years of messy, inconsistent bikeshare data, a new standard has emerged to unite major systems. GBFS is already in many cities, and coming to more.
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Kavli HUMAN Project (Human Understanding Through Measurement & Analytics) will follow 10,000 people over 20 years

Kavli HUMAN Project (Human Understanding Through Measurement & Analytics) will follow 10,000 people over 20 years | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
The Kavli HUMAN Project is a collaboration between the Kavli Foundation, the Institute for the Interdisciplinary Study of Decision Making at NYU, and the Center for Urban Science and Progress at NYU. It's based on one simple goal — and an array of stunningly complex technologies required to get there. Here "HUMAN" stands for "Human Understanding Through Measurement and Analytics." The project's vision is to "generat[e] a truly comprehensive longitudinal dataset that capture[s] nearly all aspects of a representative human population's biology, behavior, and environment." ...
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Smart technology is a solution looking for a problem | de zeen

Smart technology is a solution looking for a problem | de zeen | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Technologies like driverless cars and smart heating systems could end up making cities dysfunctional says Maarten Hajer, Rotterdam Biennale 2016 curator.


Speaking at an opening event for the biennale, Hajer called for architects and designers to stop treating the advent of smart technologies as inevitable, and to question whether they will solve any problems at all. "People with lots of media force pretend to know exactly what the future will look like, as if there is no choice," he said....

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What smart cities can learn from Singapore’s Smart Nation — Sidewalk Talk

What smart cities can learn from Singapore's Smart Nation - Sidewalk Talk - Medium
What smart cities can learn from Singapore’s Smart Nation A Sidewalk Talk with Jacqueline Poh, managing director of the Infocomm Development Authority.

The smart city movement has had its up and downs. Many failures trace back to a disconnect between the companies that build new technologies and the officials who manage cities. Others occurred because the parties involved treated the city too much like a machine whose only task was to become more efficient, without stopping to think about whether or not that efficiency mattered to the everyday lives of people. Singapore has had more success than most places when it comes to integrating technology into urban life. Recently the city-state pushed itself to the next level of urbanity in the digital age with the Smart Nation initiative. The hope is that ubiquitous connectivity and an expansive data infrastructure can help a wide range of government agencies deliver better services to citizens and businesses. ...
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Hong Kong needs to bone up on security in drive for smart cities | SCMP

Hong Kong needs to bone up on security in drive for smart cities | SCMP | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Governments such as Hong Kong must sharpen their focus on security as they push forward development of smart cities alongside the rapid growth of internet-connected devices, according to Dominic Orr, president at wireless networking company Aruba. As the adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT) -- the umbrella term for devices ranging from traffic monitors to temperature sensors connected to the internet -- grows, security must be considered from the start to protect data and networks. ...

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70% In US Concerned About Privacy In Internet Of Things | MediaPost

70% In US Concerned About Privacy In Internet Of Things | MediaPost | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
While the Internet of Things grows, privacy – or the lack of it – is what drives concern about its growth. Privacy is at the top of a long list of IoT concerns in a new global study. The study comprised a survey of 5,200 mobile media users in eight countries (Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, South Africa, UK and US) conducted by On Device Research for the Mobile Ecosystems Forum (MEF), a global trade body. Globally, 62% of people are concerned about privacy relating to the Internet of Things, and even more (70%) in the U.S. ...
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"No city can be smart and sustainable if half of its population is not safe and lives in fear of violence" | UNWomen

"No city can be smart and sustainable if half of its population is not safe and lives in fear of violence" | UNWomen | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Opening remarks delivered on 10 June, by UN Women Deputy Executive Director, Lakshmi Puri, at the Safe Cities Global Stakeholders’ Planning Meeting “Safe Cities for Women and Girls – Implementation Essentials”, held in New Delhi, India from 10 – 12 June.
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Why we should design smart cities for getting lost | The Conversation

Why we should design smart cities for getting lost | The Conversation | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
If smart cities run on big data and algorithms that channel only 'relevant' information and opinions to us, how do we maintain the diversity of ideas and possibilities that drives truly smart cities?
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Chicago, New York Continue to Lead on Smart Cities with Wireless Driving Deployments | StateTech

Chicago, New York Continue to Lead on Smart Cities with Wireless Driving Deployments | StateTech | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

As more U.S. city governments deploy automated, digital and connected services to make their urban environments smarter, they will need to make sure they have the right mix of wireless network connectivity options and the infrastructure to support those technologies, industry analysts say. According to analysts at IHS Technology, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco are the leading U.S. metropolises that are turning to smart-city technology.

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Nest’s Hub Shutdown Proves You’re Crazy to Buy Into the Internet of Things | Wired

Nest’s Hub Shutdown Proves You’re Crazy to Buy Into the Internet of Things | Wired | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Nest's decision sends a pretty clear signal that you just can't rely on "Internet of Things" things.
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Google Will Roll Out New Real-Time Transit Tech in an Underserved Neighborhood | CityLab

Google Will Roll Out New Real-Time Transit Tech in an Underserved Neighborhood | CityLab | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Sidewalk Labs, the Google arm developing technological solutions to urban problems, announced with the U.S. Department of Transportation Thursday that it is building “Flow,” a digital platform that seeks to address the real-time transit problem and more. Flow will aggregate and analyze mobility data from a great number of sources—including Google Maps, Waze, municipal data, and eventually, remote traffic sensors—to identify what’s causing congestion and which areas need what kind of service. This won’t just be software for transit officials to lord over, though. Flow will also have a public, outward-facing element in the form of digital kiosks that provide real-time transit information and wifi, similar to those currently in beta testing by Link NYC.

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London Collision Map and Improved Cycle Journey Planning | TFL

London Collision Map and Improved Cycle Journey Planning | TFL | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
As part of a wider road safety strategy, last week we launched the London Collision Map and London collision data on our website and in our API, as part of our ongoing commitment to providing open data. We've also made improvements to cycle journey planning. The new cycle journey planning features include: Google street view images at every turn…
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China is building a big data platform for “precrime”

China is building a big data platform for “precrime” | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

It's "precrime" meets "thoughtcrime." China is using its substantial surveillance apparatus as the basis for a "unified information environment" that will allow authorities to profile individual citizens based upon their online behaviors, financial transactions, where they go, and who they see. The authorities are watching for deviations from the norm that might indicate someone is involved in suspicious activity. And they're doing it with a hand from technology pioneered in the US. ....

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Thinking smart cities in present tense | Ciudades a escala humana

Thinking smart cities in present tense | Ciudades a escala humana | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

The most established smart cities narrative is mainly based on future promises through the deployment of technologies that are yet to come that would generate social benefits in the near future, while citizens have the only option to wait to see them come true. The risk of this futuristic reading of urban technologies is forgetting and not acknowledging practices, solutions and technologies that are already happening, although possibly far from the spotlight of commercial presentations and mainstream reproduction of the smart city narrative. The discursive regime of the smart city systematically uses the future tense when depicting how a generic or particular smart city will be. ...

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Mexico City is crowdsourcing its new constitution | WEForum

Mexico City is crowdsourcing its new constitution | WEForum | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Mexico City just launched a massive experiment in digital democracy. It is asking its nearly 9 million residents to help draft a new constitution through social media.


The crowdsourcing exercise is unprecedented in Mexico—and pretty much everywhere else. Chilangos, as locals are known, can petition for issues to be included in the constitution through Change.org (link in Spanish), and make their case in person if they gather more than 10,000 signatures. They can also annotate proposals by the constitution’s drafters via PubPub, an editing platform (Spanish) similar to Google Docs.


The idea, in the words of the mayor, Miguel Angel Mancera, is to “bestow the constitution project (Spanish) with a democratic, progressive, inclusive, civic and plural character.” Mexico City is asking its nearly 9 million residents to help draft a new constitution through social media. ...

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The Internet of Things gets a ledger | Niume

The Internet of Things gets a ledger | Niume | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Ledger of Things will be able to handle a mind-boggling volume of data being transmitted.In the next decade, there will be tens of billions of connected devices—from thermostats and cell phones to parking meters and cars. Increasingly, these connected devices that make up the Internet of Things will be imbued with intelligence so that they can not only communicate, but transact, negotiate, collaborate and exchange value.How will we handle this mind-boggling volume of data being transmitted, and do it in a secure way? “The Internet of Things needs a Ledger of Things,” says Alex Tapscott, coauthor with his father, Don Tapscott, of the "Blockchain Revolution", to be published in May. 

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UN ECOSOC: Report on Smart cities and infrastructure, Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) | URENIO

UN ECOSOC: Report on Smart cities and infrastructure, Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) | URENIO | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
The Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD), at its eighteenth session in May 2015, selected smart cities and infrastructure as one of the two priority themes for the intersessional period 2015–2016. This report presents key urbanization trends and their links to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It provides an explanation of the term smart city, and describes the main components of smart infrastructure. It elaborates on the five main challenges encountered in the implementation of smart infrastructure projects ...
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GSA Unveils New Hub For Federal Citizen Science & Crowdsourcing | DigitalGov

GSA Unveils New Hub For Federal Citizen Science & Crowdsourcing | DigitalGov | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

The General Services Administration (GSA) yesterday launched CitizenScience.gov, a new central hub for citizen science and crowdsourcing projects across the federal government. Like Challenge.gov before it, this new site makes it easier for federal agencies to collaborate with each other and seek help from the American public to address critical issues. ...

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New bill aims to turn open data idealism into US law | Engadget

New bill aims to turn open data idealism into US law | Engadget | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

President Obama's administration has made significant progress in making US government data more transparent -- first with Data.gov, a repository for open data, and then with USASpending.gov, which tracks all of the government's spending. But despite those milestones, there's still plenty of room for improvement. ...

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LAPD surveillance and predictive policing | The Intercept

LAPD surveillance and predictive policing | The Intercept | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

The Stop LAPD Spying Coalition works to track, publicize, and ultimately dismantle the highly intrusive ways the Los Angeles Police Department surveils the area's citizens.


The LAPD uses big data for “predictive policing,” street cameras with highly accurate facial recognition capabilities, Stingrays, and DRT boxes — which imitate cellphone towers to track nearby phones or jam signals — automatic license plate readers, body cameras, and drones. ...

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What Nest's product shutdown says about the Internet of Things | Mashable

What Nest's product shutdown says about the Internet of Things | Mashable | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Shutting down an Internet service is one thing. Totally bricking a working device is something else.
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Can Google Build a City that Works Like the Internet? | NextGov

Can Google Build a City that Works Like the Internet? | NextGov | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Creating physical urban spaces that run on data—in ways that resemble the connectivity of the internet itself—has been a dream of Larry Page’s since he publicly floated the idea of “Google 2.0” in 2014.
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Too Clever By Half: Strengthening India's Smart Cities Plan with Human Rights Protection | The Wire

Too Clever By Half: Strengthening India's Smart Cities Plan with Human Rights Protection | The Wire | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
The data involved in planning for urbanized and networked cities are currently flawed and politically-inflected. Therefore, we must ensure that basic human rights are not violated in the race to make cities “smart”.
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Humanizing tech in New York City | Doggerel

Humanizing tech in New York City | Doggerel | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Rapid technological change has brought incredible opportunities as well as daunting challenges to cities around the world. In New York City, the de Blasio administration created a new team, the Mayor’s Office of Technology and Innovation, to grapple with these issues. We spoke with Minerva Tantoco and Jeff Merritt, the City’s first chief technology officer and director of innovation, respectively, to learn more. ....

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One of these seven US cities will receive $50 million to rethink urban transport | The Verge

One of these seven US cities will receive $50 million to rethink urban transport | The Verge | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

An aging population and increased urbanization are set to dramatically change America's transport needs, and the government wants to do something about it. In 2015, the Department of Transportation unveiled its Smart City challenge, a competition for mid-sized cities to their rethink urban transportation using technology like autonomous cars and smart street lights. This weekend at South by Southwest, the department announced the challenge's finalists, one of which will eventually receive a $40 million grant from the government and an additional $10 million in private funding. ...

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