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Smart cities will trigger India’s rurban growth | Niti Centre

Smart cities will trigger India’s rurban growth | Niti Centre | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Rs 7,600 crore has been allocated in the General Budget 2014-15 to develop 100 smart cities.  As a part of its agenda to provide better civic amenities and career options while ensuring rapid growth of Indian economy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA Government embarked on building 100 smart urban hubs across the country for which...

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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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In the Apple Case, a Debate Over Data Hits Home

In the Apple Case, a Debate Over Data Hits Home | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
The debate that began three years ago after revelations about government surveillance has become more personal, now that smartphones are involved.
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Cybersecurity weaknesses threaten to make smart cities more costly and dangerous than their analog predecessors | LSE USC Blog

Cybersecurity weaknesses threaten to make smart cities more costly and dangerous than their analog predecessors | LSE USC Blog | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Recent years have seen where we live – from our homes to our cities – increasingly connected via the Internet of Things. While this connectivity can have huge benefits, such as reduced energy costs and improved traffic safety, these systems can also be vulnerable to hacking and other cybersecurity threats, warns Natalie Allen. She writes that city officials must ensure that security is built into smart city technologies as they are implemented rather than responding after a crisis has occurred. ...

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The NSA’s SKYNET program may be killing thousands of innocent people | Ars Technica

The NSA’s SKYNET program may be killing thousands of innocent people | Ars Technica | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
In 2014, the former director of both the CIA and NSA proclaimed that "we kill people based on metadata." Now, a new examination of previously published Snowden documents suggests that many of those people may have been innocent.


Last year, The Intercept published documents detailing the NSA's SKYNET programme. According to the documents, SKYNET engages in mass surveillance of Pakistan's mobile phone network, and then uses a machine learning algorithm on the cellular network metadata of 55 million people to try and rate each person's likelihood of being a terrorist.

Patrick Ball—a data scientist and the director of research at the Human Rights Data Analysis Group—who has previously given expert testimony before war crimes tribunals, described the NSA's methods as "ridiculously optimistic" and "completely bullshit." A flaw in how the NSA trains SKYNET's machine learning algorithm to analyse cellular metadata, Ball told Ars, makes the results scientifically unsound. ...

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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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Securing the City of the Future with Bitcoin | Fortune

Securing the City of the Future with Bitcoin | Fortune | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Cities worldwide are hoping to use connected devices to better track and manage everything from traffic to pollution to disaster response. But those plans face the same security challenges as any connected project, and the Austin-based data-security startup Factom is proposing a unique solution: using the digital currency network Bitcoin to reliably date-stamp and authenticate records. ...

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