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The GeoWeb and everyday life: An analysis of spatial tactics and volunteered geographic information | Lingel | First Monday

The GeoWeb and everyday life: An analysis of spatial tactics and volunteered geographic information | Lingel | First Monday | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

In this paper, we discuss GeoWeb technologies, specifically those created via volunteered geographic information (VGI) as a means of analyzing the political contours of mapmaking. Our paper is structured around two case studies of VGI projects that allow for consideration for the political efficacy (and potential drawbacks) of these geospatial technologies. We use de Certeau’s constructs of strategies and tactics as a conceptual framing, which allows for a political reading of geographic data couched in the context of everyday life, as well as opening up inquiry into the politics of making, accessing and interpreting spatial data. We conclude by suggesting provocations for future research on the GeoWeb and VGI at the intersection of geography and information science.

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Are smart cities a bright idea for the Global South? by Robert Muggah | CIC

Are smart cities a bright idea for the Global South? by Robert Muggah | CIC | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Smart cities are very much a “developed world” concept. The hundred or so smart cities routinely featured in the global media are virtually all located in North America and Western Europe, with a sprinkling in East and Southeast Asia (see the map below). Smart cities are perceived by industry experts as a rapidly maturing market in the north. Not surprisingly, smart city champions are actively exploring new investment opportunities, especially in emerging markets and also lower income settings. They are keenly aware that almost 90 per cent of future population growth will be concentrated in Africa and Asia. ...

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Three Challenges Europe Faces in Becoming a Competitive Big Data Market | SmartData Collective

Three Challenges Europe Faces in Becoming a Competitive Big Data Market | SmartData Collective | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
The European Commission is working hard on developing a competitive European Big Data market. Last week, as a result of this, the European Digital Forum convened the High-Level Roundtable on Europe’s Digital Future. Here's my vision of how Europe can enable forward-looking, data-driven startups to unleash the vast potential of data.
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New technology for policing cities | Cities Today

New technology for policing cities | Cities Today | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
While CCTV cameras can help detect criminals after the act, the latest technology can detect crimes as they happen and put law enforcement officers in place
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A truly smart city is more than sensors big an all-seeing internet | Guardian

A truly smart city is more than sensors big an all-seeing internet | Guardian | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Investing billions in big data and smart technology isn’t the only answer to building more sustainable urban areas. We need to focus on the big levers
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The Nor » All Cameras Are Police Cameras by James Bridle

The Nor » All Cameras Are Police Cameras by James Bridle | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

On the morning of Thursday, 30th October 2014, I set out to walk the perimeter of the London Congestion Charge Zone, a journey of some twelve miles around the centre of the city. I began at King’s Cross, and walked widdershins, down the Euston Road towards Paddington. At its Western end, the Zone’s edge turns down Edgware Road, runs down Park Lane, Grosvenor Place, and Vauxhall Bridge Road, before changing course again across the river towards Elephant & Castle, Tower Bridge, Spitalfields, Shoreditch, and returns to Kings Cross once more by City Road.

 

For reasons that will become clear, I did not complete this walk within the day. I did however document the portion which I undertook – roughly, half of the total – in the form of 427 photos of surveillance cameras. I photographed every camera which I saw, which could see me (consider this a gross underestimation of the total). You can explore all of these photographs at Flickr, and this interactive map.

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Don’t forget ethics when mapping uncharted slums | Sci Dev Net

Don’t forget ethics when mapping uncharted slums | Sci Dev Net | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

The Missing Maps Project, founded by a consortium including Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), aims to develop basic maps of slums and other unmapped areas in the developing world to reveal infrastructure gaps and the source of diseases. The idea is to do this using information crowdsourced from local people.  But are ethics being given enough thought?

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Cork: Rebel county, smart city | CityMetric

Cork: Rebel county, smart city | CityMetric | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Everyone’s getting excited about smart cities these days. Often planned from scratch, these ultra-modern metropolises bristle with the latest innovations in technology: environmentally friendly buildings and infrastructure; computers that control many aspects of urban dwelling; wi-fi as ubiquitous as oxygen. The UAE and South Korea already have their own smart cities; China and India aren’t far behind. In Europe, meanwhile, the concept is taking hold and influencing the redevelopment of existing

 

But policy advisor and nation brand strategist Simon Anholt thinks all this smart city stuff is a waste of time. “It’s boring,” he says. “It’s the sort of discussion that may mean something to architects, planners or consultants but I’m sure conveys very little to most people who live in or visit cities.”

That might be why planners in the Irish city of Cork are trying something different. They liked the idea of the city being known as “smart”, but wanted to develop its reputation in a more lasting way. So instead of going for the hi-tech, impersonal route, they’re trying to build on the city’s existing assets – and take the meaning of "smart" in a different, more human direction.

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UK cities spend £23 million annually on IT | seven key principles for smart city investment | Arup

UK cities spend £23 million annually on IT | seven key principles for smart city investment | Arup | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

'Delivering the Smart City’, produced by Arup and UCL (University College London) on behalf of the Smart City Expo World Congress, analyses the spending patterns of eight major UK cities to gain an understanding of how much money cities are paying for technology, as well as considering whether this expenditure is ‘smart’.....

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Audi Urban Future Initiative: The City is blind, deaf, and dumb

Audi Urban Future Initiative: The City is blind, deaf, and dumb | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

A city can be compared to a living system with constantly shifting demands. In order to adapt to these demands, it needs sensors (eyes, ears, skin), controllers (brains), and actuators (hands and legs). The actuators for mobility are vehicles and transportation systems. In Mexico City we have plenty of them. But Mexico City is a city with very limited sensors and brains. The city is blind, deaf, and dumb. Mexico City functions more like a machine than like a living system and cannot adapt to the constantly changing demands of its inhabitants. ...

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Because there has been no data, information, knowledge used in creation and running of cities to date ... insultingly framed piece of fluff

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Google mines Gmail for big data gold | Medium

Google mines Gmail for big data gold | Medium | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

If we assume that a typical user receives just 5 to 10 non-spam messages per day, this means Gmail handles 2 trillion or more inbound messages per year. This rushing torrent of data is not simply dumped into millions of inboxes to sit passively until users take notice. Rather, it undergoes an extraordinary sequence of distinct data mining operations before it ever sees the light of a user inbox. Previously shrouded in secrecy, the existence of these processes has recently been revealed in a landmark class action lawsuit against Gmail. Their bizarre and colorful names are worthy of a spy thriller: Content OneBox, ICEbox, Nemo, Moonshine, Monarch, Borgmon, Starbox, Colossus, Panopticon, HappyHour, and Tigress, among others.

 

We don’t know exactly what every piece in this vast data mining machine does. But we know that its overarching purpose is to extract information from email content in order to build persistent user profiles and let Google target its ads with ever greater precision. ....

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Internet of Things as art: How sensors can transform public spaces - SVBJ

Internet of Things as art: How sensors can transform public spaces - SVBJ | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Future Cities Lab's CEO describes his approach to creating interactive artwork for public spaces. And in an entirely different approach, City Innovation Group's founder talks about what she learned by attaching sensors to trash floating down a city's aqueduct system.
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Artists and architects using IoT technology to transform our environment into art performance

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U.S. using fake cellphone towers on planes to gather data: WSJ | Reuters

U.S. using fake cellphone towers on planes to gather data: WSJ | Reuters | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An agency of the U.S. Justice Department is gathering data from thousands of cell phones, including both criminal suspects and innocent Americans, by using fake communications towers on airplanes, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.

 

The program run by the U.S. Marshals Service began operations in 2007 and uses Cessna planes flying from at least five major airports and covering most of the U.S. population, the newspaper said, citing people familiar with the operations.

 

The planes use devices made by Boeing Co that mimic the cell phone towers used by major telecommunications companies and trick mobile phones into revealing their unique registration data, the report said. ...

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US privacy confidence at new low, survey indicates | BBC

US privacy confidence at new low, survey indicates | BBC | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

The vast majority - 91% - of Americans believe that consumers have lost control over how personal information is collected and used by companies, according to a survey.

A further 80% also felt that Americans should be concerned about government surveillance, Pew Research suggested. ...

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Won't necessarily follow Western practices in making smart cities: Venkaiah Naidu - The Economic Times

Won't necessarily follow Western practices in making smart cities: Venkaiah Naidu - The Economic Times | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu today said India need not necessarily follow Western practices in building its own smart cities.
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City of the future sinks into the ocean | Telegraph

City of the future sinks into the ocean | Telegraph | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Japanese firm devises plan for an Ocean Spiral community that descends nine miles to the seabed
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World Council on City Data announce the addition of a further 100 global cities | Cities Today

World Council on City Data announce the addition of a further 100 global cities | Cities Today | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
The World Council on City Data have announced that a further 100 global cities have signed expressions of interest and are already building the data sets
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Hamburg at forefront of global drive to reverse privatisation of city services | Guardian

Hamburg at forefront of global drive to reverse privatisation of city services | Guardian | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
How to build a fairer city: German municipality to buy back utility grids after referendum vote to end private ownership of power, gas and water networks
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The Secret Life of Passwords | NY Times

The Secret Life of Passwords | NY Times | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
We despise them – yet we imbue them with our hopes and dreams, our dearest memories, our deepest meanings. They unlock much more than our accounts.
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Barcelona’s Smart City Ecosystem: A big investment in data-driven city management starts to pay off | MIT Technology Review

Barcelona’s Smart City Ecosystem: A big investment in data-driven city management starts to pay off | MIT Technology Review | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Gardeners making their rounds through Barcelona’s Parc del Centre del Poblenou these days are as likely to carry tablets as trowels. The city recently moved 178 of its irrigation points to an Internet-controlled system. While it is handy to manage watering at the keyboard instead of turning a knob on a pipe, much of the advantage is in the data that the new system sends back to a central software system the city has built. ....

 

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This Wearable Detects Pollution to Build Air Quality Maps in Real Time | WIRED

This Wearable Detects Pollution to Build Air Quality Maps in Real Time | WIRED | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Clarity is a small, keychain-sized wearable air pollution sensor aimed at tracking air quality in badly polluted places, like China.
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Smart cities will take many forms - Anthony Townsend in MIT Technology Review

Smart cities will take many forms - Anthony Townsend in MIT Technology Review | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Technology can make cities increasingly machine-like or more social and creative, says author Anthony Townsend. Both models can work.
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Big Data Companies Agree: Farmers Should Own Their Information | NPR

Big Data Companies Agree: Farmers Should Own Their Information | NPR | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Farmers depend on "Big Data" these days, but some worry the companies collecting information about their operations might misuse it. New privacy guidelines are supposed to protect farmers' interests.
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'Smart cities' are problematic | LSE Cities, Ricky Burdett | DW.DE

'Smart cities' are problematic | LSE Cities, Ricky Burdett | DW.DE | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
As a major conference on urban governance opens in Delhi, Ricky Burdett, head of the LSE Cities program, spoke to DW about India's new urbanization drive. He explains why cities need to be sustainable - and equitable.
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The Value of Big Data Isn’t the Data, it's automated machine learning | Harvard Business Review

The Value of Big Data Isn’t the Data, it's automated machine learning | Harvard Business Review | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
To make the data useful, you need to turn it into a narrative. To do that at scale, you need machines.
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Make sure big data doesn't land you in big trouble | The Register

Make sure big data doesn't land you in big trouble | The Register | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Lock up your secrets.

 

Size isn't everything. Big data may be about storing terabytes or petabytes of information but it is also about complexity, and complexity often brings security challenges. Are you ready to handle them?

Right now, someone in a marketing or finance role somewhere in your organisation is probably putting together a big data proposal, and if they aren't it won't be long before they think of it.

 

Beyond using a strong password to access a database, they probably have no idea of the security burden it will bring. That means the security part is down to you. ...

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