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How the Internet of Things makes cities smart | TechRadar

How the Internet of Things makes cities smart | TechRadar | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Small things are getting smart - and they're making things as big as a city smart too.

 

The recent flood of wearables is a step towards a smarter world, but smartwatches only measure you and they're not that small or smart yet.

 

The Internet of Things is a lot smaller and smarter.

 

The Internet of Things (IoT) is made from thousands of tiny sensors that will measure everything from temperature and humidity to how far a wall has moved in an earthquake. It can tell whether a dose of vaccine has ever exceeded the recommended temperature and therefore if it is still viable.

 

It can measure the performance of individual components in a jet, and tell you if luggage, children, pets and even seals are where they're supposed to be. In short, it has a lot more applications than a smartwatch. ...

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The Language of Smart Cities - IEEE Spectrum

The Language of Smart Cities - IEEE Spectrum | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

In a previous column, I ran through some words and phrases associated with urban computing, where the city is a computer, the streetscape is the interface, you are the cursor, and your smartphone is the input device. This is the user-based, bottom-up version of the city-as-computer idea, but there’s also a top-down version, which is systems-based. It looks at urban systems such as transit, garbage, and water and wonders whether the city could be more efficient and better organized if these systems were “smart.” That is, if we applied principles of information technology and connectivity to the various processes that make up the urban infrastructure, we would end up with a smart city. ...

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Hollywood-style, wide area surveillance technology inches closer to reality | The Center for Investigative Reporting

Hollywood-style, wide area surveillance technology inches closer to reality | The Center for Investigative Reporting | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
CIR and KQED take an inside look at the emerging technologies that could revolutionize policing – and how intrusively the public is monitored by the government.
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What the explosion of open data means for real estate | Inman News

What the explosion of open data means for real estate | Inman News | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Whether it's info on schools and crime, mortgage data, zoning permits, smog, traffic, noise, flood data or weather, "If there's data out there associated with the home, we want it," says Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff.
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Boston: the tale of two open data policies

Boston: the tale of two open data policies | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Boston's Open Data Portal, https://data.cityofboston.gov/ Open data policies have been popping up around the country quickly lately, but the 24-hour turnaround in Boston Monday was shockingly fast. Wait, it was two different policies! Boston Councilor Michelle Wu filed an open data draft ordinance the morning of April 7, 2014, to ...
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This Former Mozilla Engineer Turned London Into SimCity, With Real Data | Co.Labs

This Former Mozilla Engineer Turned London Into SimCity, With Real Data | Co.Labs | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
A London startup aims to make big data accessible by all by turning the world into SimCity.
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How, Exactly, Some Cities Are “Smart” and Others Might Become It – Next City

How, Exactly, Some Cities Are “Smart” and Others Might Become It – Next City | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

A new study in Cities breaks down the “smart city” concept into its component parts.

 

In the field of urban innovation, perhaps no topic is as hot right now as that of the "smart city." But a new study finds that when broken down into its component parts, the approach is far more unevenly distributed than its catch-all label might imply — and that a better understanding of the concept, married with knowing the characteristics of a local place, can help predict which cities will get smart how. ....

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No-one wants top-down, technology-driven cities. They'd be dumb, not smart | Urban Technologist

No-one wants top-down, technology-driven cities. They'd be dumb, not smart | Urban Technologist | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
But "bottom up" is not enough; in order to succeed at scale, grass-roots innovation and localism need support from a new environment of policy, finance, infrastructure and technology. I took part i...
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Eight (No, Nine!) Problems With Big Data | NY Times

Eight (No, Nine!) Problems With Big Data | NY Times | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
It’s a valuable tool for analysis, but don’t believe all the hype.
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Inaugural event will explore how startups can help build smart cities | The Starting Gate

Inaugural event will explore how startups can help build smart cities | The Starting Gate | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Smart City Startups 2014, a global gathering of entrepreneurs, investors, foundations and urban leaders, will convene on April 24 and 25 in Miami to explore how to help startups build smart cities. Hosted by Miami startup Urban.Us, the inaugural event will explore how...

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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 and Social Physics: Sandy Pentland | edX | MITx

Big Data and Social Physics Understanding big data, how to use it to improve companies, cities, and government, and best-practice for privacy. Register for B...
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The Data Economy : Microsoft’s cautious Big Data vision | SiliconANGLE

The Data Economy : Microsoft’s cautious Big Data vision | SiliconANGLE | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella kicked off this morning’s Microsoft Big Data event in San Francisco with talk of “ambient intelligence,” the need for a data culture in the enterprise, and something called the data dividend. ...

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The Heartbleed Bug Will Lurk in the Internet of Things for Decades | Motherboard

The Heartbleed Bug Will Lurk in the Internet of Things for Decades | Motherboard | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

While the majority of Heartbleed holes will be plugged quickly, many devices aren't capable of being fixed.

 

The internet is still reeling from the Heartbleed bug discovered this week, which ripped a hole in the popular OpenSSL encryption library that left web servers bleeding out buckets of data—and not just any data, the kind of data people had specifically taken pains to protect: private information, passwords, cryptographic keys, security certificates, and so on.

 

But with all eyes trained on the huge swatch of the web that was found vulnerable to the nasty bug, let's not forget that thousands of network-connected devices, the nascent Internet of Things, are also embedded with OpenSSL. And unlike the Yahoos and Googles, which have already upgraded to the fixed version of OpenSSL, the infrastructure of the web is even less secure. It will be significantly harder to stop the bleeding in hardware devices, experts say, and in many cases will never be patched at all. ...

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Open Data 500: Proof that open data fuels economic activity

Open Data 500: Proof that open data fuels economic activity | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

The Open Data 500 study is an index of US companies using open government data to generate business and develop products. 

 

I've been trying to make dollars and sense of the open data economy for years. Does releasing data result in a more transparent healthcare marketplace? What business models for open data work? Will publishing open climate data increase community resilience? Will releasing more open government data make better laws and result in more accountable governments, improvements to public services, or trillions of dollars of additional economic activity, as McKinsey & Company projected in October 2013? ...

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Data, information, knowledge and power – exploring Open Knowledge’s new core purpose | Tim's Blog

Data, information, knowledge and power – exploring Open Knowledge’s new core purpose | Tim's Blog | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

My concerns are not about the new logo or name. I understand (all too well) the way that having ‘Foundation’ in a non-profits name can mean different things in different contexts (not least people expecting you to have an endowment and funds to distribute), and so the move to Open Knowledge as a name has a good rationale. Rather, I wanted to raise four concerns ...

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Smart Cities, Smart Citizens and the case for the CitySDK | Waag Society

Presentation at Information Access in Smart Cities workshop in Amsterdam, 13/04/2014 - on how smart citizens should be the focus in smart cities, and what Ci...
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This Brilliant Washing Machine Is a Roadmap for the Internet of Things | Wired

This Brilliant Washing Machine Is a Roadmap for the Internet of Things | Wired | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Berg's latest project is something even crazier than an internet-connected washing machine.
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European court declares data retention directive invalid

European court declares data retention directive invalid | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has given judgment on a landmark case bought by Irish privacy advocates Digital Rights Ireland challenging mass surveillance under the Data Retention Directive.

 

The ECJ declared the directive invalid, saying it “entails a wide-ranging and particularly serious interference with the fundamental rights to respect for private life and to the protection of personal data.”

 

“The fact that data are retained and subsequently used without the subscriber or registered user being informed is likely to generate in the persons concerned a feeling that their private lives are the subject of constant surveillance,” it said.

 

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This Small City's Police Department Builds An App, Nabs Big Data To Find And Fight Bad Guys | FastCompany

This Small City's Police Department Builds An App, Nabs Big Data To Find And Fight Bad Guys | FastCompany | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
The Rochester, Minnesota, police developed an in-house app for conducting investigations. The goal? Using big data to find non-obvious relationships...
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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?

 

Good questions ....

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