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How is the city translated into software and data, and how does software reshape the city?
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Every little byte counts: ‘The Naked Future’ and ‘Social Physics’ | NY Times

Every little byte counts: ‘The Naked Future’ and ‘Social Physics’ | NY Times | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
The ubiquity of data gathering has staggering implications for understanding, predicting and influencing human behavior.
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Working with Automatic, Jawbone culls more data from the internet of things | Gigaom

Working with Automatic, Jawbone culls more data from the internet of things | Gigaom | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
First, Jawbone’s UP wristbands connected to your dog’s collar. Now they’re connecting to your car. The app is bringing in data from devices that have little to do with personal fitness, and that’s great.
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Hyderabad ethical hackers set to go global - The Times of India

Hyderabad ethical hackers set to go global - The Times of India | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Six ethical hackers from the city will represent India at the Global CyberLympics
Hacking Championship to be held in Atlanta, USA, next month as part of a
global search to identify experts, who can help strengthen security
systems of countries.
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Smart cities and land information systems | RICS

Smart cities and land information systems | RICS | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

For some observers the term ‘smart cities’ looks like a marketing umbrella under which a variety of digital spatial platforms and services may be sold to city administrations. This forum demonstrated the shift that has taken place in understanding these advanced technologies not as ends in themselves but as enabling devices. ....

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How do you build a smart city? Start with energy, tech, water | GreenBiz

How do you build a smart city? Start with energy, tech, water | GreenBiz | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
The series "Previewing the possible for smart cities" begins, starting with the basics: energy, water and information and communication technology.
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The Peril and Promise of Big Data | Foreign Policy

The Peril and Promise of Big Data | Foreign Policy | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
The White House report on information overload is
underwhelming. But it's a start.
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Reassembling children as data doppelgangers: How databases are making education machine-readable by ‏@BenPatrickWill

Reassembling children as data doppelgangers: How databases are making education machine-readable by  ‏@BenPatrickWill | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Educational institutions and practices are increasingly being augmented with data. Produced, analysed and visualized using sophisticated database technologies, the proliferation of data is evidence of how education is now being made ‘machine-readable
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Big data means big profits, risks for farmers | USA Today

Big data means big profits, risks for farmers | USA Today | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Big data means big profits for U.S. farmers, but trust concerns loom.

 

When Dave Nelson climbed into his John Deere planter this spring to sow corn seeds across nearly 3,000 acres of land, the 39-year-old Iowa farmer was armed with a secret weapon: a precise, data-driven view of his operations that gave him an advantage over most farmers in the Corn Belt.The past four years, Nelson has been testing a technology from Monsanto known as FieldScripts, a program that uses soil information, yield data and computer algorithms to identify which patches of land, some only a few meters in size, could support corn seeds planted closer together. ...

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BSI works on smart cities data standardisation | PublicTechnology.net

BSI works on smart cities data standardisation | PublicTechnology.net | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
UK standards body BSI is developing a new standard for the labelling of data for public sector bodies involved in developing “smart cities”.
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Open data is a public good. It should not be confused with data sharing | Guardian

Open data is a public good. It should not be confused with data sharing | Guardian | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Jeni Tennison: Response: There is lots of data within the public sector that should be open. This ensures a level playing field for everyone who can benefit
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What happens when big data blurs lines between innocent and criminal

What happens when big data blurs lines between innocent and criminal | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Being a surveillance scholar means that almost anywhere I happen to be – from the corner bodega to a solid-state lighting conference – I am surrounded by people with interest in the object of my st...
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The Poverty Line Was Designed Assuming Every Family Had a Housewife Who Was a 'Skillful Cook' a lesson about taking statistics at face value | Atlantic

The Poverty Line Was Designed Assuming Every Family Had a Housewife Who Was a 'Skillful Cook' a lesson about taking statistics at face value | Atlantic | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Consider this a lesson about taking statistics at face value. 

 

The official poverty line, as I wrote yesterday, is a dated and crude statistical concept that in many ways fails to capture America's historical success at fighting economic need. It was based on the cost of food in 1963, mostly because the Department of Agriculture had some idea of what a basic grocery budget should look like, whereas there wasn't any real agreement on what families needed to spend on other essentials. Since then, it's mostly just been adjusted for inflation....

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My Experiment Opting Out of Big Data Made Me Look Like a Criminal | Time

My Experiment Opting Out of Big Data Made Me Look Like a Criminal | Time | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Here's what happened when I tried to hide my pregnancy from the Internet and marketing companies
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Assessing the Demand for Big Data and Analytics Skills, 2013 - 2020: Expert Group on Future Skills Needs

Assessing the Demand for Big Data and Analytics Skills, 2013 - 2020: Expert Group on Future Skills Needs | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

The aim of this study, undertaken by Forfás and the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs, is to assess the demand for big data and analytics roles and their related skills, competences and qualification requirements and map out relevant current and planned education and training output. It proposes actions to address gaps identified between supply and demand and assist in harnessing the considerable economic and social potential of this area into the medium-term. The study was included as an action within the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs 2013.

 

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Some Predictions About the Internet of Things and Wearable Tech From Pew Research | NY Times

Some Predictions About the Internet of Things and Wearable Tech From Pew Research | NY Times | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Get ready for a world where your refrigerator, car and plant pots are all connected to the Internet and able to email and communicate with each other.
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Big Data Surveillance | Surveillance Studies 12(2)

Big Data Surveillance: Introduction     PDF
Mark Andrejevic, Kelly Gates     185-196

 

Articles
Datafication, dataism and dataveillance: Big Data between scientific paradigm and ideology     PDF
Jose van Dijck     197-208

 

When big data meets dataveillance: the hidden side of analytics     PDF
Sara Degli Esposti     209-225

 

Gaps in the gaze: Informatic practice and the work of public health surveillance     PDF
Martin French     226-242

 

Why data is not enough: Digital traces as control of self and self-control     PDF
Tyler Butler Reigeluth     243-254

 

Automated Experimentation in Walden 3.0. : The Next step in Profiling, Predicting, Control and Surveillance     PDF
Martijn van Otterlo     255-272

 

From self-tracking to smart urban infrastructures: towards an interdisciplinary research agenda on Big Data     PDF
Francisco R Klauser, Anders Albrechtslund     273-286

 

Pandemics of the future: Disease surveillance in real time     PDF
Lindsay Thomas

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Big Data is Revolutionizing How You Think -- And That’s a Good Thing | Umbel

Big Data is Revolutionizing How You Think -- And That’s a Good Thing | Umbel | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Our grandchildren will know of the sins we committed — and they won't  learn of them through our fabled stories or in a history book that shines positive light on what were invariably bad acts. Our grandchildren will know truth, not by a fact checkers' findings, but via their own. The digital world will be for our grandchildren what the Internet was supposed to be for us: the world’s biggest reference library. ...

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Who watches the watchers? Big Data goes unchecked | Politico

Who watches the watchers? Big Data goes unchecked | Politico | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
The National Security Agency might be tracking your phone calls. But private industry is prying far more deeply into your life. Commercial data brokers know if you have diabetes. Your electric company can see what time you come home at night. And tracking companies can tell where you go on weekends by snapping photos of your car’s license plate...
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A Venture Capital Firm Just Named An Algorithm To Its Board Of Directors | Business Insider

A Venture Capital Firm Just Named An Algorithm To Its Board Of Directors | Business Insider | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

A Hong Kong VC fund has just appointed an algorithm to its board.

Deep Knowledge Ventures, a firm that focuses on age-related disease drugs and regenerative medicine projects, says the program, called VITAL, can make investment recommendations about life sciences firms by poring over large amounts of data.


Just like other members of the board, the algorithm gets to vote on whether the firm makes an investment in a specific company or not.



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Big Data & the social sciences | SmartData Collective

Big Data & the social sciences | SmartData Collective | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Why does getting the most out of Big Data need the social sciences?
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Big Data, meet Big Brother - The Boston Globe

Big Data, meet Big Brother - The Boston Globe | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
In the dystopian future of George Orwell’s “1984,” the government uses an endless state of war to justify food rationing by the Ministry of Plenty, rewriting history by the Ministry of Truth, and brutal interrogation by the Ministry of Love. Last week, President Obama’s Privacy Working Group — a response to the public outcry over the mass collection of telephone data — concluded that the government needed to collect and review more private data. It’s tempting to think, respond with, “you couldn’t make this up.” But, of course, Orwell imagined it in detail. did. The working group’s report contains several mundane policy recommendations to update laws dealing with data, email, and digital records. But the boldest stroke, and the one pushed hardest by chairman John Podesta, posits that private data collection could lead “intentionally or inadvertently — to discriminatory outcomes.” Without citing any specific case or allegation, the group calls upon federal agencies to “develop a plan for investigating” collectors and purveyors of digital information.
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Africa is ready to leapfrog the competition through Smart Cities Technology | Deloitte

This paper reviews the Smart City concept and focuses on the contemporary African drivers enabling her cities to leap frog the competition into 2025 and beyond
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Video interview Saskia Sassen: Big data: what does the city know about me? Stadsleven

Video interview Saskia Sassen: Big data: what does the city know about me? Stadsleven | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Cities that use big data are not automatically smart. Much of the design of smart cities generate a city that is not smart enough. They are pretty stupid actually. Because it is so embedded in standard systems that there is actually an enormous amount of losing: of intelligence, smart observations and local knowledge in a city. ...

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How Africa’s cities are using tomorrow’s technology | World Economic Forum

How Africa’s cities are using tomorrow’s technology | World Economic Forum | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Today’s cities are changing quickly, and in the midst of rapid urbanization the field of smart cities – or “senseable cities”, as they can also be called – is emerging. This term refers to the increasing deployment of sensors and hand-held electronics in recent years, opening up new possibilities for using data and networked technology… 
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'We Kill People Based on Metadata': NSA use of metadata & new bill to limit use | NY Rev Books

'We Kill People Based on Metadata': NSA use of metadata & new bill to limit use | NY Rev Books | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
A bill to rein in NSA spying on Americans’ metadata is an important first step, but it addresses only one part of the NSA’s surveillance activities.
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