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How is the city translated into software and data, and how does software reshape the city?
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Open data: Strategies for impact | OGP

Open data: Strategies for impact | OGP | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

When someone used to talk about “data for good”, chances are they were wondering whether the open data stream they relied on was still going to be available in the future. Similarly, “good with data” meant that experienced data scientists were being sought for a deeply technical project. Both interpretations reflect a state of being rather than of doing: data being around for good; people being good with data.  Important though these considerations are, they miss what should be an obvious and more profound alternative.

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The Dark Side of the "Smart City" | io9

The Dark Side of the "Smart City" | io9 | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
The "smart city" is a futurist's dream town. It's carbon neutral because computers regulate its energy use perfectly. It has no traffic jams because sensors capture real-time data on the roads and guide drivers to optimal routes. Other sensors can quickly alert police to crime, or send information to your mobile about cool events. But living in a smart city could be a nightmare.
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▶ Smart Cities - The Untold Story: Mischa Dohler at TEDxLondon City 2.0 - YouTube

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Heat maps show how retailers track you | Sydney Morning Herald

Heat maps show how retailers track you | Sydney Morning Herald | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Big Brother alert: new camera technologies help retailers track what you touch, what you ignore, and where you walk.
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Portland Development Commission: We Build Green Cities initiative inks first project contract in collaboration with Smart City Project

Portland Development Commission: We Build Green Cities initiative inks first project contract in collaboration with Smart City Project | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

The Portland Development Commission, on behalf of the We Build Green Cities (WBGC) initiative, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Smart City Planning, Inc., a joint venture company managing a consortium of 27 major Japanese and global corporations known as the Smart City Project. The consortium, which includes Sharp, SAP, Toshiba, Mitsui Fudosan, HP and Hitachi, is developing a next-generation model city near Tokyo, Japan, the Kashiwa-no-ha Campus City project; and has earthquake disaster reconstruction projects lined up as well. ...

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Video: The Internet of Things & the Socially Driven Smart City | Re.Work

This session was recorded at the RE.WORK Cities Summit that took place in London on 13th December 2013. https://www.re-work.co/cities OVERVIEW The 'internet ...
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Our hackers, who art in open source, deliver us from refrigerators | ZDNet

Our hackers, who art in open source, deliver us from refrigerators | ZDNet | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Hacked smart refrigerators turned evil? The open-source community has an 'insanely critical' role in developing security standards to prevent this chilling scenario, says Cisco's chief security officer.
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Using ‘big data’ to study rapid transit | The Record

Using ‘big data’ to study rapid transit | The Record | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Today's she's living a "geeky researcher's" dream, studying the impacts of a major public transit project as it evolves in real time. As a professor in Waterloo's school of planning, she's intrigued by how rapid transit can alter the course of cities' growth, from the housing market to urban redevelopment.

 

In December, Parker and colleagues Jeff Casello and Markus Moos partnered with local municipalities and the Kitchener-Waterloo Association of Realtors to study the impact of rapid transit on the region's economic growth.

 

This month, her research received another boost: a $125,000 grant from the federal government to develop computer models that use "big data," or vast sources of digital information, to predict how rapid transit might further change Waterloo Region.

 

Parker is the lead researcher on a project that will use simulated computer models to project how land use and redevelopment could be affected by the introduction of high-speed trains running along Kitchener and Waterloo's urban core. ...

 

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Giving artists the opportunity to display their work on public advertising screens - Connecting Cities | Bettery

Giving artists the opportunity to display their work on public advertising screens - Connecting Cities | Bettery | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Connecting Cities is a project supported by the European Union. Its aim: to give artists the opportunity to display their work on public screens otherwise reserved for commercial output.

The visual identity of our cities is largely shaped by advertising. Although there are ex-ceptions like São Paulo, where public administration decided to rid the urban landscape of all commercial displays via a “Clean City Law” (2007), such examples remain few and far between.

Over the years, outdoor advertising has evolved with technology, complementing tradi-tional print ads or static displays with screens that show a variety of dynamic contents ac-cording to situation (and resolution), from basic animations to complex videos. Known to advertisers as Digital Out of Home (DOOH), cultural operators and architects tend to call such displays urban screens, media facades, media architecture, or urban media. ...

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Verification Handbook - new book on digital content

Verification Handbook - new book on digital content | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
A definitive guide to verifying digital content for emergency coverage
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You don’t want your privacy: Disney and the meat space data race | Gigaom

You don’t want your privacy: Disney and the meat space data race | Gigaom | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

MailChimp Chief Data Scientist is at Disney World this weekend wearing his RFID-equipped MagicBand. Here’s how he thinks the practice of digitally tracking consumers in the physical world will reach everywhere from theme parks to our homes. ...

 

But as a data scientist at a tech company, I have to admit, I’m geeking out over the technology. Disney World is like a petri dish for advanced analytic techniques because the hotels and parks are all tied together in one large, heavily controlled environment. If you ever wanted to star in The Truman Show, a trip to Disney is the next best thing — it feels like a centrally planned North Korea only with more fun, less torture and the same amount of artifice. ...

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Technology Is Not Driving Us Apart After All | NY Times

Technology Is Not Driving Us Apart After All | NY Times | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
It turns out, we may be more social than we were 30 years ago — at least in public spaces.
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Cocktail of Technologies for Smart Cities: The role of Geospatial Tech | Geoawesomeness

Cocktail of Technologies for Smart Cities: The role of Geospatial Tech | Geoawesomeness | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Technologies for Smart Cities: What role will geospatial tech play in the development of smart cities
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Smart Cities Pose Challenges | CivSource

Smart Cities Pose Challenges | CivSource | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Last Week, CivSource posted IDC's recent predictions for smart cities in 2014. A reader and project manager Jack Winters, tweeted us his own list of 10 smart
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Modi Vows to Curb Prices While Promising India 100 Smart Cities | Bloomberg

Modi Vows to Curb Prices While Promising India 100 Smart Cities | Bloomberg | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
India’s top opposition leader Narendra Modi promised voters cheaper goods and 100 “smart cities” in unveiling steps to boost Asia’s third-biggest economy as he seeks to unseat the ruling Congress party.
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Smart cities, sustainable cities, city branding and lean start up methodology: a theoretical approach.

A theoretical approach on some basic concepts concerning smart cities, sustainable cities, lean start up methodology and city branding.


Via Ed Burghard
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Smart Cities: what we’re doing and why | Nesta

Smart Cities: what we’re doing and why | Nesta | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
During 2014 Nesta will be involved in over a dozen projects designed to make a reality of the promise of smart cities. This blog summarises some of our analysis, and lists the main relevant projects we’re involved in.
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Citizen science can lower costs and increase excellence in research | Science Business

Citizen science can lower costs and increase excellence in research | Science Business | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
To date, citizen science has focused on top-down science communication. But as the exemplar of astronomy highlights, amateur enthusiasts can make significant contributions.
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New, privatized African city heralds climate apartheid; smart city dev in Lagos | Guardian

Nigeria's Eko Atlantic augurs how the super-rich will exploit the crisis of climate change to increase inequality and seal themselves off from its impacts
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Assertions on crowdsourced geographic information & citizen science #3

Assertions on crowdsourced geographic information & citizen science #3 | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Following the two previous assertions, namely that:

‘you can be supported by a huge crowd for a very short time, or by few for a long time, but you can’t have a huge crowd all of the time (unless data collection is passive)’ (original post here)

 

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‘All information sources are heterogeneous, but some are more honest about it than others’ (original post here)

 

The third assertion is about pattern of participation. It is one that I’ve mentioned before and in some way it is a corollary of the two assertions above.


‘When looking at crowdsourced information, always keep participation inequality in mind’  ...

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Could Songdo be the world's smartest city? (all it's missing are the residents) | World Finance

Could Songdo be the world's smartest city? (all it's missing are the residents) | World Finance | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
South Korea’s purpose-built ‘smart city’, Songdo International Business District, is the largest private real estate development in history. The price tag currently stands at over $40bn.
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Songdo, a city in South Korea is the "smartest" city in the world.

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How data-powered street furniture is making cities smarter | Woodhouse

How data-powered street furniture is making cities smarter | Woodhouse | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
How are cities using street furniture to become smarter? Sensors & communications systems are using data collection to make our cities more efficient.
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EU wants big fines for data breaches - up to 5% of the global annual turnover | BBC

EU wants big fines for data breaches - up to 5% of the global annual turnover | BBC | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

The EU's justice commissioner has called for bigger fines for companies that breach European data privacy laws.

Viviane Reding dismissed recent fines for Google as "pocket money" and said the firm would have had to pay $1bn under her plans for privacy failings.

Ms Reding said such punishments were necessary to ensure firms took the use of personal data seriously. ...

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Big Data, Predictive Algorithms and the Virtues of Transparency | Philosophical Disquisitions

Big Data, Predictive Algorithms and the Virtues of Transparency | Philosophical Disquisitions | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

This is the second part in a short series of posts on predictive algorithms and the virtues of transparency. The series is working off some ideas in Tal Zarsky’s article “Transparent Predictions”. The series is written against the backdrop of the increasingly widespread use of data-mining and predictive algorithms and the concerns this has raised.

Transparency is one alleged “solution” to these concerns. But why is transparency deemed to be virtuous in this context? Zarksy’s article suggests four possible rationales for transparency. This series is reviewing all four. Part one reviewed the first, according to which transparency was virtuous because it helped to promote fair and unbiased policy-making. This part will review the remaining three. ...

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