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How is the city translated into software and data, and how does software reshape the city?
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Smart cities: are you willing to trade privacy for efficiency? | Guardian

Smart cities: are you willing to trade privacy for efficiency? | Guardian | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Data science may be helping cities get 'smarter', but questions remain over how long urban populations will tolerate an increasingly invasive level of data collection
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What Does Privacy Have to Do with Open Government? | TechPresident

What Does Privacy Have to Do with Open Government? | TechPresident | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

The answer to that question might not be obvious. Privacy is something we tend to associate with people and personal information, while open government is presumably about making government data and processes transparent for more accountability (see Open Knowledge Foundation’s distinction between Open Data and My Data). But it’s a question that’s getting asked, as privacy and surveillance are increasingly prominent concerns in a post-Snowden world. It’s also an issue that commanded the attention of the open government community at last year’s OGP Summit. Since then, though, there’s been relatively little discussion or progress made to understand the relationship between privacy and open government. As the open government community convenes regional meetings this spring, it’s important to take stock of how open data and data sharing are de-facto drawing boundaries around these norms, and take clear steps towards building privacy into the open government mandate. ...

 

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Building for People, Not Cars: How Smart, Dense Cities like Vancouver are Changing the World - Techvibes.com

Building for People, Not Cars: How Smart, Dense Cities like Vancouver are Changing the World - Techvibes.com | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

There’s been a lot of buzz lately about density. As towers soar to new heights in Metrotown, Brentwood and Downtown New Westminster, there’s been much talk about how our cities are changing.

In Burnaby, suburban malls are evolving into urban town centres. Upcoming changes at Brentwood, in particular, will shift that neighbourhood’s evolution into high gear. And Lougheed is poised to follow.

 

The shift to high density results in losses, of course. Lost views. The character of neighbourhoods change.

 

And there’s much to debate along the way. How high is too high? How dense too dense? And are developers doling out enough cash to fund the parks and daycares these new residents will require?

 

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NASA to release insider code that will let anyone build their machines. 'Will be GitHub for astronauts'

NASA to release insider code that will let anyone build their machines. 'Will be GitHub for astronauts' | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
On Thursday April 10, the space agency is set to reveal its enormous database of where to find software for more than 1,000 of its projects.
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Capitalism is making way for the age of free: economic shift from markets to collaborative commons, with costs close to zero | Guardian

Capitalism is making way for the age of free: economic shift from markets to collaborative commons, with costs close to zero | Guardian | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Jeremy Rifkin: The internet of things has facilitated an economic shift from markets to collaborative commons, with costs close to zero
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Anyone who thinks IoT is not about a new mode of production for capital is deluded.

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Inviting contributions to ITU reports on Smart Sustainable Cities

Inviting contributions to ITU reports on Smart Sustainable Cities | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

The ITU-T Focus Group on Smart Sustainable Cities (FG SSC) provides an open platform for smart-city stakeholders – such as municipalities; academic and research institutes; non-governmental organizations (NGOs); and ICT organizations, industry forums and consortia – to strengthen means of leveraging information and communication technologies (ICTs) in building sustainable urban environments and identifying the standardized frameworks needed to support the integration of ICT services in cities. ....

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The rise of the smart city | The New Economy

The rise of the smart city | The New Economy | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
We examine the top 20 cities that look the likeliest to drive change in the future, in The New Economy’s Smart Cities 2014
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Smart city standards and innovation: arch enemies or BFFs? - GreenBiz.com

Smart city standards and innovation: arch enemies or BFFs? - GreenBiz.com | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

The nascent concept of a smart city is the subject of modern imagination and promise.  From its emergence as a broad idea to its ultimate drive toward standardization, the potential of the smart city is compelling, as is the potential of standards to expedite its movement forward.

 

But when we speak of standards, what exactly do we mean? And should we worry that standards might dull the highly creative and sometimes idiosyncratic space of a smart city?

 

Standards sounds a bit like the arch enemy of innovation. Yet experience suggests that innovation and standardization are less arch enemies and more BFFs — best friends forever. Together they can aggressively move forward the smart city vision and give infrastructure and service providers the market share and freedom to truly move the smart city needle. ....

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Dubai Silicon Oasis Announces Launch of ‘Silicon Park’ Integrated Smart City Project | AZObuild

Dubai Silicon Oasis Announces Launch of ‘Silicon Park’ Integrated Smart City Project | AZObuild | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Silicon Oasis, the integrated free zone technology park, launched ‘Silicon Park’, the first integrated smart city project to be built in DSO at a cost of EUR217.5 Million, spanning an area of 150,000 square metres.
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'Smart' cities of future to have glow-in-the-dark trees, heated pavements: report

'Smart' cities of future to have glow-in-the-dark trees, heated pavements: report | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Experts at Arup, an engineering and design firm, envision a future city where trees will glow.
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London to Test 'Smart' Crosswalks

London to Test 'Smart' Crosswalks | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Pedestrians in London may soon be waiting to cross the street at "smart" crosswalks equipped with sensors and cameras.
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Vision of a 'Shared City' | Medium

Vision of a 'Shared City' | Medium | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Imagine if you could build a city that is shared.


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Alarm Over The 'Gold Rush' For Citizens' Big Data | Forbes

Alarm Over The 'Gold Rush' For Citizens' Big Data | Forbes | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Serious concerns are being raised over the "gold rush" for citizen data by the U.K. government and its private sector partners.

While the government has at times used unidentifiable data for good purposes such as identifying disease or crime patterns, it often rushes to sell data on members of the public before proper principles and trust are established, data experts have told Forbes.
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Digital history and the death of quant (and rise of computation) - Digital scholarship blog, British Library

Digital history and the death of quant (and rise of computation) - Digital scholarship blog, British Library | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
What do historians need to do good digital research? Well, they need skills that help them get at data, wrangle data (Open Refine perhaps), organise data (in machine readable, human readable, platform agnostic ways), chop up data (perhaps a splash of Unix), get that data into a form that tools...
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Is Open Data Making Good on the Promise of Turbo-Boosted Development? The Operational Use of Open Data.

Open data is important, but how is open data being used around the world to improve the quality of life and advance development objectives? Open data continues its ascent as a popular concept, entering mainstream consciousness and being implemented more broadly around the world. We need to look no further than Google search trend analysis to observe open data’s rise in netizen interest -- now even rivaling interest in international development. 
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Designing the Urban Future: Smart Cities | eBook by Scientific American

Designing the Urban Future: Smart Cities |  eBook by Scientific American | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

We expect a lot from our technology. More and more products are created not only to perform multiple complex functions, but also to react to stimuli, patterns and information in a way that solves problems. Cars are being designed with systems that can detect a collision and automatically apply the brakes. Nest’s thermostat learns your schedule and programs itself. Our phones are smart. Our TVs are smart. Since upping the ante is kind of “our thing” as a species, smart cities were the next logical step in trying to create a better, brighter, more sustainable and economically sound future. In this eBook, Designing the Urban Future: Smart Cities, we take a good look this relatively new concept ...

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Big data: are we making a big mistake? - FT.com

Big data: are we making a big mistake? - FT.com | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

But the “big data” that interests many companies is what we might call “found data”, the digital exhaust of web searches, credit card payments and mobiles pinging the nearest phone mast. Google Flu Trends was built on found data and it’s this sort of data that ­interests me here. Such data sets can be even bigger than the LHC data – Facebook’s is – but just as noteworthy is the fact that they are cheap to collect relative to their size, they are a messy collage of datapoints collected for disparate purposes and they can be updated in real time. As our communication, leisure and commerce have moved to the internet and the internet has moved into our phones, our cars and even our glasses, life can be recorded and quantified in a way that would have been hard to imagine just a decade ago.

 

Cheerleaders for big data have made four exciting claims, each one reflected in the success of Google Flu Trends: that data analysis produces uncannily accurate results; that every single data point can be captured, making old statistical sampling techniques obsolete; that it is passé to fret about what causes what, because statistical correlation tells us what we need to know; and that scientific or statistical models aren’t needed because, to quote “The End of Theory”, a provocative essay published in Wired in 2008, “with enough data, the numbers speak for themselves”. ...

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Barcelona: Smart Cities, Meaningful Solutions | UBM Future Cities

Barcelona: Smart Cities, Meaningful Solutions | UBM Future Cities | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Barcelona is one of the world's original smart cities. According to deputy mayor Antoni Vives, smart solutions today must be meaningful to citizens.
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The Sense-able city: We don’t need to build new cities – a simple reboot of the existing ones

The Sense-able city: We don’t need to build new cities – a simple reboot of the existing ones | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

We don’t need to build new cities – a simple reboot of the existing ones will do. An account of human sensors and smart trash.

 

What was empty space just a few years ago is now becoming New Songdo in Korea, Masdar in the United Arab Emirates or PlanIT in Portugal — new “smart cities”, built from scratch, are sprouting across the planet and traditional actors like governments, urban planners and real estate developers, are, for the first time, working alongside large IT firms — the likes of IBM, Cisco, and Microsoft.

The resulting cities are based on the idea of becoming “living labs” for new technologies at the urban scale, blurring the boundary between bits and atoms, habitation and telemetry. If 20th century French architect Le Corbusier advanced the concept of the house as a “machine for machineliving in”, these cities could be imagined as inhabitable microchips, or “computers in open air” ...

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Smart Dublin: high-tech sensors to monitor life in the capital | Irish Times

Smart Dublin: high-tech sensors to monitor life in the capital | Irish Times | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Dublin is set to become the first fully sensored global city after chipmaker Intel announced plans to test more than 200 “gateways” around the city.

 

The plan, which will use Intel’s Irish developed Quark system, will place sensor gateways around the city to gather and monitor data on the environment, including air quality and noise. ...

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A Smart Approach to Cities | Queen's Business Review

A Smart Approach to Cities | Queen's Business Review | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
The current approach to building smart cities is flawed – for a city to become smart and sustainable, standalone infrastructure and applications must be developed while municipal and corporate invo...
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The capitalist smart city: parking fines, street lights and garbage | Wired

So: in tomorrow’s Cisco Smart City, you’re mercilessly hit-up for change no matter where you park your car, much of the town is dark far a lot of the time, and there’s somewhat less stink from the uncollected garbage. I think I can go with this. I actually find this prospect plausible. ...

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Placing computation: the informatics of anticipation | Sam Kinsley

The purpose of this paper is to interrogate the ways in which this widespread infrastructure of computation is being used not only to both support and surveil increasing amounts of everyday activities, through the collection and retention of vast quantities of data, but also to anticipate and intervene into how we perform the everyday....

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100 Cities Will Soon Have Their First-Ever Chief Resilience Officers | Co.Exist

100 Cities Will Soon Have Their First-Ever Chief Resilience Officers | Co.Exist | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

The new role, spurred by a challenge from the Rockefeller Foundation, is aimed at building more future-proof cities.

 

Over a year and a half after Hurricane Sandy hit New York, thousands of people still aren’t back in their homes. Months after Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, the city of Tacloban still doesn’t have electricity. What does it take for cities to have the capacity to bounce back quickly after disasters, especially at a time when climate change is making major disasters much more likely?

 

Part of the answer, perhaps, is a job that’s never existed before: Cities are beginning to hire chief resilience officers. The role comes as part of the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge, which is putting $100 million into helping build future-proof cities; for the selected cities, a salary for a chief resilience officer is part of the prize.

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American Farmers Confront 'Big Data' Revolution | ABC News

Farmers from across the nation gathered in Washington this month for what has become an annual trek to seek action on the most important matters in American agriculture, such as immigration reform and water regulations. But this time, a new, more shadowy issue also emerged: growing unease about how the largest seed companies are gathering vast amount of data from sensors on tractors, combines and other farm equipment.  The increasingly common sensors measure soil conditions, seeding rates, crop yields and many other variables, allowing companies to provide farmers with customized guidance on how to get the most out of their fields. ...

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