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How is the city translated into software and data, and how does software reshape the city?
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Icon 138: Data - Can we outsmart the smart city?

Icon 138: Data - Can we outsmart the smart city? | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

From smart cities to mass surveillance, our December issue – out on 1 November – looks at the complex relationship between democracy and big data ...

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Solar-powered bike lanes, giant smart cities and super apps: The next generation of urban innovations

Solar-powered bike lanes, giant smart cities and super apps: The next generation of urban innovations | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
From solar-powered bike lanes and giant smart cities, to super apps that are making our transport systems that bit more efficient, the next generation of innovations for low carbon cities are here.
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Microsoft CityNext - the roadmap to a smart future | DCLG UK Authority

Microsoft CityNext - the roadmap to a smart future | DCLG UK Authority | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
A little over a year ago we launched CityNext, Microsoft’s people-focused future cities initiative, here in the UK. Since then we have seen tremendous success in helping local authorities up and down the country make their communities more liveable and sustainable places in which to live.
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Smart Cities: Contradicting Definitions and Unclear Measures by M Cavada, C Rogers, D Hunt - Liveable Cities

Smart Cities: Contradicting Definitions and Unclear Measures by M Cavada, C Rogers, D Hunt - Liveable Cities | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Cities are contemporary metropolises that concentrate human and social activity; engineered to support and develop the physical environment and the people within it, Smart cities, we are led to believe, are the immediate future, where smartness is perceived as a characterisation of advancements or digitalisation, in government, mobility and sustainability. Therefore it is not surprising that many organisations are marketing their smart solutions and products, often to a ubiquitous extent and so called smart cities are striving to outperform each other. But how are smart cities actually being defined and how is performance being measured in an era where there is increasing access to unprecedented amounts of foreseen data? This paper identifies the plethora of the smart city definitions and categories evidenced from the literature and shows that 'Smart cities' lacks a robust coherent definition, with many contradicting facts within what constitutes a smart vision. Notably, almost every attempt from organisations, the European Union or cities themselves has failed to define 'smart' in objective terms that can be accepted globally. Certainly, they all are negotiating with a range of descriptors and smart ways to improve the city. Even the UK's attempts to develop a clear definition and set of standards for smart cities (i.e. PAS 180 and PAS 182) appears to suffer from fundamental differences in how the semantic content of a 'smart' city is defined. This paper demonstrates the necessity for a single 'Smart Cities' definition that deals with both the physical and digital using shared parameter value(s) that can be adopted and scaled amongst different localities and within a range of urban contexts adjusting according to existing city condition(s) and vision(s) setting the paradigm for further innovative research in this area.

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Economics in the age of big data | Science

Economic science has evolved over several decades toward greater emphasis on empirical work. The data revolution of the past decade is likely to have a further and profound effect on economic research. Increasingly, economists make use of newly available large-scale administrative data or private sector data that often are obtained through collaborations with private firms, giving rise to new opportunities and challenges.

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What Happens When We Let Industry and Government Collect All the Data They Want | Slate

What Happens When We Let Industry and Government Collect All the Data They Want | Slate | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
In the fall of 1769, Thomas Jefferson lost a slave. His name was Sandy, and he was a runaway. Sandy was “about 35 years of age.” He worked as a shoemaker. Jefferson described him as “artful and knavish.” He was also “something of a horse jockey.”

 

Jefferson criticized slavery. Yet when he signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776, Jefferson owned almost 200 human beings. When Sandy went missing, he owned about 20; losing even one was significant. So Jefferson used the best available technology to find Sandy: the newspaper ad.

 

Sandy was caught and later sold for 100 pounds. Around the turn of the century, however, things slowly started to change. A secret network was built to help people like Sandy. Over time, tens of thousands of runaway slaves would escape bondage on the Underground Railroad.

 

How many of them would have made it in the age of big data? ...

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West Africa looks to smart cities technologies | BizTech Africa

West Africa looks to smart cities technologies | BizTech Africa | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
West African governments are showing increased interest in smart cities technology and the benefits they can offer citizens, says Cisco.
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EU commits €14.4m to support open data across Europe | Guardian

EU commits €14.4m to support open data across Europe | Guardian | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
New funding for startups, research and academy hopes to fuel open-data skills and adoption through the Open Data Institute co-founded by Sir Tim Berners-Lee. By Samuel Gibbs
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The Creepy New Wave of the Internet by Sue Halpern | NY Review of Books

The Creepy New Wave of the Internet by Sue Halpern | NY Review of Books | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Review essay about IoT and specifically these books.

The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalismby Jeremy RifkinPalgrave Macmillan, 356 pp., $28.00Enchanted Objects: Design, Human Desire, and the Internet of Thingsby David RoseScribner, 304 pp., $28.00Age of Context: Mobile, Sensors, Data and the Future of Privacyby Robert Scoble and Shel Israel, with a foreword by Marc BenioffPatrick Brewster, 225 pp., $14.45 (paper)More Awesome Than Money: Four Boys and Their Heroic Quest to Save Your Privacy from Facebookby Jim DwyerViking, 374 pp., $27.95
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Smart Cities of Tomorrow: As Built by the Construction Industry | ZBrella

Smart Cities of Tomorrow: As Built by the Construction Industry | ZBrella | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
  The future looks bright. We have a vision for the place we will live tomorrow: smart cities, smart communities, and more. But how? And who decides what it will look like? The answer doesn’t lie in our future, but in our present, today.   Thanks to modern advancements, the construction and technology industries have
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EU provides 8 million euros for ‘Smart Cities Project’ in Soma | Daily Sabah

EU provides 8 million euros for ‘Smart Cities Project’ in Soma | Daily Sabah | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
The "Smart Cities Project," which was prepared for Manisa's Soma district, will receive the largest amount for projects in Turkey within the scope of the EU Framework Program for Research and Innovation. The EU will provide 8 million euros to the project,... | Daily Sabah
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Get hands-on to build smart cities: Modi | The Hindu

Get hands-on to build smart cities: Modi | The Hindu | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is learnt to have asked the Union Urban Development Ministry to adopt a more “hands-on” approach while drafting the smart cities project.
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Barcodes, bank cards and digital TV: the secret numbers that run our lives | Guardian

Barcodes, bank cards and digital TV: the secret numbers that run our lives | Guardian | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Stand-up mathematician Matt Parker explores the hidden numbers and patterns that keep our data safe and make our gadgets work
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What Defense agencies can do with 'big geospatial data' | Defense Systems

What Defense agencies can do with 'big geospatial data' | Defense Systems | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

In the era of “big data,” geospatial data is a major contributor to the rapidly growing information stockpile. The United Nations initiative on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) estimates that of the 2.5 quintillion bytes of data generated every day, “a significant amount” is location-aware.

 

However, besides the fact that there’s just more of it thanks to the proliferation of satellites and smartphones, GIS data is also more detailed, includes more video and more extensive vector data than ever before. Almost overnight, we’ve acquired the ability to collect and catalog detailed spatial information several times a day for literally every inch of the globe....

 

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New Hacking Threat Could Impact Traffic Systems | NBC 5

New Hacking Threat Could Impact Traffic Systems | NBC 5 | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Motorists drive by traffic lights every day and trust they will work. But NBC 5 Investigates found that as more cities turn to wireless traffic systems, some of those systems are unprotected and open to...
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Smart Cities vs. Smart Communities: Empowering Citizens not Market Economics | Mike Gurstein

Smart Cities vs. Smart Communities: Empowering Citizens not Market Economics | Mike Gurstein | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
So "Smart Cities" particularly in Less Developed Countries are ways of turning urban environments into gold mines for consultants, hardware and software companies and redoing the city in the image ...
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Wearables Are Totally Failing the People Who Need Them Most | WIRED

Wearables Are Totally Failing the People Who Need Them Most | WIRED | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Fitness tracking companies need to start embracing the FDA and making devices and apps for the old, the chronically ill, and the poor.
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Smart city sensors ready for roll out, Casey tells Web Summit | Irish Times

Smart city sensors ready for roll out, Casey tells Web Summit | Irish Times | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
We have put sensors on 40 bikes in Dublin and right now they are feeding back to us data about pollution, traffic congestion, you name it, says PCH boss
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Using the Internet of Everything to build Africa's smart cities of the future | memeburn

Using the Internet of Everything to build Africa's smart cities of the future | memeburn | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Today, only 1% of all things are connected in our world. In the next ten years, this number will increase dramatically -- and with that -- enabled societies to create smart cities.

 

With the world moving more and more towards the Internet of Everything (IoE), it’s a space that’s only going to get more valuable. In fact, it’s estimated that right now, it’s worth about US$19-trillion. Africa meanwhile has a potential value space of US$500-million. That’s the equivalent of estimated revenue generated with South Africa’s World Cup four years ago.

 

It’s understandable then that networking conglomerate Cisco is pretty excited about IoE. At the recent Cisco Connect 2014 South Africa, event it outlined how IoE could massively benefit Africa as it starts to build smart cities. ...

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Qcut wants to make you the perfect pair of jeans using data and algorithms | The Verge

Qcut wants to make you the perfect pair of jeans using data and algorithms | The Verge | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

It's puzzling how difficult it can be to find a pair of jeans that fits you properly — and that seems to be particularly true for women. 

 

Called Qcut, the project comes from a former Mozilla designer who's partnered with a veteran of the fashion industry. Qcut is hoping to make jeans that'll come in around 400 different sizes, one of which it should be able to automatically determine as the proper fit for any woman who buys a pair. Qcut says it can do that using just five numbers, which you likely already know: your normal pants size, your height, your weight, your shoe size, and your bra size. ...

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Canary Wharf Group launches initiative for the development of new smart cities technologies - Cities Today

Canary Wharf Group launches initiative for the development of new smart cities technologies - Cities Today | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Canary Wharf Group has launched the Cognicity Challenge, an initiative that will enable the company to play a role in development of smart city technology
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Africa's smart cities - Iguacu

Africa's smart cities - Iguacu | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

African cities are well-positioned to leap frog the development of global ‘smart cities’.


The concept of ‘smart cities’ has become synonymous with high-tech urban innovation in developed countries, where technology-based solutions leverage existing infrastructure in innovative ways to solve the daily challenges of city life. However, the concept is more than about employing advanced technologies. Smart cities efficiently drive sustainable economic growth, competitiveness, prosperity and a better life for citizens through smart solutions.

 

Many African leaders – and increasingly many multinational companies – are starting to recognise the potential for uniquely African smart cities to join the top rank of global tech-centres.....

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Is your car spying on you? | BBC News

Is your car spying on you? | BBC News | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Modern cars are morphing into mobile data centres - connected, clever and packed full of sensors.

 

But are they also becoming spies in our drives?

 

As they record almost every aspect of our journeys and driving behaviour, interacting with our smartphone apps and sat-nav systems, who will own all the data they generate, how will it be used, and will our privacy inevitably be compromised? ...

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Smart city or ghost city? | Financial Express

IT’S THE world’s first purpose-built smart city and the largest private real estate development in the world. It’s called Songdo and it is located 40 miles outside South Korea’s capital Seoul. Those who participated in the recent Asian Games in Incheon may have some connection to Songdo. The official name of the smart city is Songdo Business District and it is built on land reclaimed from the sea on the Incheon waterfront. There has been much global interest in Songdo since Seoul itself is already one of the most hi-tech cities in the world, but Songdo is unique, being built as an integrated hi-tech and green city.  Songdo is described as a ‘global business hub’ with a variety of residential and retail developments. But at a cost of over $40 billion, questions are being asked about its viability and whether it can ever fulfill its conceptual ambitions. ...

 

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What’s real time analytics’ role in the smart building phenomenon? | Datawatch

What’s real time analytics’ role in the smart building phenomenon? | Datawatch | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Developing a fully-functional smart building starts with the Internet of Things and comes to life with data analysis software.
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