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The Programmable City
How is the city translated into software and data, and how does software reshape the city?
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'We pay a high price when retailers micro-target us' | Wired UK

'We pay a high price when retailers micro-target us' | Wired UK | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Big data. Real-world sensor networks. The ultimate monetisation of our lives. This is the story of how a free internet led to a more expensive world
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Big data and city living – what can it do for us? - Keller, Koonin, Shipp | Significance

Think of all the major problems that currently face society. They range from obesity and health via national security and law enforcement to policy and commerce.  They have one factor in common: human behaviour underlies them all.  Big data is bringing a revolution in science and technology. But it will bring a revolution still more profound when it interacts with people’s decisions. That in turn will revolutionise the ordering of our cities, and of our lives. The social sciences such as economics, sociology, behavioural science and political science will be utterly transformed. ...

 

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Seven urban apps guaranteed to improve the quality of city life | Guardian

Seven urban apps guaranteed to improve the quality of city life | Guardian | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
The Guardian Tech Desk offers an expert guide to some of the best mobile city apps on the market. Download and enjoy ...
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Hack these socks - Fortune Tech

Hack these socks - Fortune Tech | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Hacking, crowd-sourcing, mobile barcode scanning: A young San Francisco startup hits all the right notes ... with socks.
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Malaysia plane disappearance adds fuel to 'live black box' debate | WSJ

Malaysia plane disappearance adds fuel to 'live black box' debate | WSJ | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Regardless of what caused a Malaysia Airlines jet to disappear, air-safety experts predict it will reignite debate over new technology designed to provide immediate clues for investigators in the event of a crash.
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Talking Smart Cities in Stockholm | Fiberevolution

The week before last, after the FTTH Council Conference in Stockholm, Stokab and Stocholm IT Region organized an event for their customers and stakeholders. They filmed the whole proceedings and have put it all up on a the Stockholm IT Region website. Since all of the speeches were of great interest, here are individual links to each one of them ...

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Challenges facing Dubai's Smart City project | The National

Challenges facing Dubai's Smart City project | The National | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Experts say the biggest challenge in making Dubai's Smart City project a reality is how to manage resources
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Birmingham launches 'smart city roadmap' - Greenbang

Birmingham launches 'smart city roadmap' - Greenbang | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
The city of Birmingham has just launched a Smart City Roadmap that outlines actions that can tackle urban challenges from unemployment to carbon reduction.
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The Creep Factor: How to Think About Big Data and Privacy - O'Reilly Radar

The Creep Factor: How to Think About Big Data and Privacy - O'Reilly Radar | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
There was a great passage in Alexis Madrigal's recent interview with Gibu Thomas, who runs innovation at Walmart: Our philosophy is pretty simple: When we use data, be transparent...
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Are Cities Losing Control Over 'Smart' Initiatives? | GovTech

Are Cities Losing Control Over 'Smart' Initiatives? | GovTech | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Data-driven transformation raises question of how much power to keep vs. farm out.

 

From the thermostats on our walls to the sensors under the asphalt of our streets, digital technology – the so-called Internet of things – is pervading and infecting every aspect of our lives.

As this technology comes to cities, whether lazy suburban ones or frenetic urban centers, it is increasingly wearing the banner of “Smart Cities.” Like those other S-words and phrases, such as smart growth and sustainability, a smart city can be just about anything to anybody, and therein lies both its utility and danger. I use the term to mean the marrying of our places with the telecommunications revolution that has took hold over the last half century, including the silicon chip, the Internet, the fiber optic line and broadband networks. ...

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Creating successful Smart Cities in 2014 will be an economic, financial and political challenge, not an engineering accomplishment

Creating successful Smart Cities in 2014 will be an economic, financial and political challenge, not an engineering accomplishment | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Why insurers, pension funds and politics will be more important to Smart Cities in 2014 than "Living Labs" or technology. 

 

I hope that 2014 will be the year in which we see widespread and large-scale investments in future city technology infrastructures that enable sustainable, equitably distributed economic and social growth. The truth is that we are still in the very early stages of that process.

In 2012 I spoke with a Director at a financial consultancy who’d performed a survey of European Smart City initiatives. She confirmed something that I suspected at the time: that the great majority of Smart City initiatives up to that point in the mature markets of Europe and North America had been financed by research funding, rather than on a commercial basis. ....

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city | data | future | the UrbanIxD Exhibition

city | data | future | the UrbanIxD Exhibition | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Interactions in hybrid urban space: the UrbanIxD exhibition
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Open data is putting fear into local government | Diginomica

Of course there’s plenty of data to be getting on with at the central government level, but what about local government data? With over 400 councils collecting information from tens of millions of constituents on a daily basis, there should be equal opportunity at a regional level too. The Cabinet Office has been pushing the idea and urging councils to replicate what’s happening in Whitehall departments – however, one of the UK’s leading think thanks, The Policy Exchange, explained to diginomica that there hasn’t been a great deal of success as of yet and a lot of regional public bodies are running scared. ...

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Drone logic: Distributed, ubiquitous monitoring and the "Big Data" deluge - Mark Andrejevic | YouTube

This presentation considers the figure of the drone as representative of the logic of monitoring and surveillance in the emerging "sensor society." We might line it up alongside other probes in the sensor society including smart phones, smart cars (that capture detailed data about how they are driven), and so on -- eventually encompassing the range of interactive devices (both personal and commercially or publicly owned and operated) that come to populate our lives in the digital era.

The promise of the drone is four-fold: it extends and multiplies the reach of the senses, it saturates times and spaces in which sensing takes place, and it tends towards the automation of data collection, processing, and response. In this regard, drone logic comes to permeate the forms of monitoring to which we are increasingly subject in the workplace, social life, and the economic and political realms. This presentation considers some of the implications for how data is put to use in the emerging "sensor society."

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Democracy, Technology and City - video Evgeny Morozov | Europe City Public Space

Evgeny Morozov, who is well known for his reflections on the social impact of the new technologies, opened  on 27 January the Open City lecture series at the Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (CCCB) with a talk titled “Democracy, Technology and City”.

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Using the Internet of Things to Build a Smarter and Healthier Home | Motley Fool

Using the Internet of Things to Build a Smarter and Healthier Home | Motley Fool | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Can companies like Google, General Electric, and iRobot build smarter and healthier homes across America? - Leo Sun - Health Care
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Getafe becomes 50th city to join RECI smart city network | Telecompaper

The city of Getafe, located on the outskirts of Madrid, has become the 50th city to join the Spanish Network of Smart Cities (RECI) to promote urban modernization projects. The cities belonging to RECI work together to share their experiences in the implementation of projects designed to improve urban sustainability and efficiency. ...

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Smart cities need chatty machines: Deutsche Telekom shares its vision | SiliconANGLE

Smart cities need chatty machines: Deutsche Telekom shares its vision | SiliconANGLE | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

There are only a handful of companies that come to mind when you think of smart cities. Established tech firms like IBM and General Electric have been eagerly promoting intelligent solutions for urban improvement, where machines are already more populous than human residents. Getting these machines to communicate better with each other, as well as with humans, will improve urban living across the board. But it’s not just the traditional companies enabling this new world of machine-centric interaction. ...

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Smart City Roadmap promotes open data sharing & transparency

Open data sharing is an integral part of the Smart City Roadmap, an initiative recently launched by the Smart City Commission and Birmingham City Council.
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Start-up bike-sharing programs make inroads in US cities | Guardian

Start-up bike-sharing programs make inroads in US cities | Guardian | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Many US cities have embraced bike-sharing, but with no clear commercial offerings, can it survive without taxpayer assistance?
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Getting citizens involved: how cities can use smart technology and social media for improvement | Woodhouse

Getting citizens involved: how cities can use smart technology and social media for improvement | Woodhouse | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
How are cities using sensors, social media, and the power of their own citizens to become smarter?
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How to Reconcile Big Data and Privacy | Scientific American

How to Reconcile Big Data and Privacy | Scientific American | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
In many ways “big data” and “encryption” are antithetical. The former involves harvesting, storing and analyzing information to reveal patterns that researchers, law enforcement and industry ...
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Civil Rights Principles for the Era of Big Data

Civil Rights Principles for the Era of Big Data | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Technological progress should bring greater safety, economic opportunity, and convenience to everyone. And the collection of new types of data is essential for documenting persistent inequality and discrimination. At the same time, as new technologies allow companies and government to gain greater insight into our lives, it is vitally important that these technologies be designed and used in ways that respect the values of equal opportunity and equal justice. We aim to: ...

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Code/Space – Jittery Space

Code/Space – Jittery Space | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

In attempting to describe how code and spatiality are mutually constituted, Kitchin and Dodge (2011, p. 16) suggest that spaces augmented by, or dependent on code (running systems and devices) fall into two categories. They call these categories “code/space” and “coded space”. Code/space, is space in which code is “essential to the form, function and meaning” of a space (Kitchin and Dodge 2011, p.71). For example, a supermarket check-out, or an airport check-in are areas in which the “sociospatial production” of space is functionally dependent on code. In other words, if the software were to crash, these areas change, becoming either a temporary warehouse or a chaotic waiting room, respectively (Kitchin and Dodge, 2011, p.17). ...

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We Should Adopt Open Data, With Caution | HuffPost

We believe making data free and open needs to be guided to ensure high impact and meaningful engagement. Successful open data initiatives show that artfully "guided advice" by researchers on how to use the data is important. We cannot let "open data hype" get in the way of the real goal: engagement and mashing up data to deliver high ROI.
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