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How is the city translated into software and data, and how does software reshape the city?
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Unblinking Eyes Track Employees: Workplace Surveillance Sees Good and Bad | NY Times

Unblinking Eyes Track Employees: Workplace Surveillance Sees Good and Bad | NY Times | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Abundant data, smart software and cheap sensors are beginning to make it possible to measure and monitor employees as never before, , with the promise of fundamentally changing how we work — along with raising concerns about privacy and the specter of unchecked surveillance in the workplace. ...

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Critiquing Big Data: Politics, Ethics, Epistemology | International Journal of Communication Vol 8

Critiquing Big Data: Politics, Ethics, Epistemology | International Journal of Communication Vol 8 | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Big Data| Critiquing Big Data: Politics, Ethics, Epistemology | Special Section IntroductionPDFKate Crawford, Mary L. Gray, Kate Miltner10 pgs.Big Data, Big Questions| The Big Data DivideABSTRACT PDFMark Andrejevic17 pgs.Big Data, Big Questions| Metaphors of Big DataABSTRACT PDFCornelius Puschmann, Jean Burgess20 pgs.Big Data, Big Questions| Advertising, Big Data and the Clearance of the Public Realm: Marketers' New Approaches to the Content SubsidyABSTRACT PDFNick Couldry, Joseph Turow17 pgs.Big Data, Big Questions| A Dozen Ways to Get Lost in Translation: Inherent Challenges in Large Scale Data SetsABSTRACT PDFLawrence Busch18 pgs.Big Data, Big Questions| Working Within a Black Box: Transparency in the Collection and Production of Big Twitter DataABSTRACT PDFKevin Driscoll, Shawn Walker20 pgs.Big Data, Big Questions| Living on Fumes: Digital Footprints, Data Fumes, and the Limitations of Spatial Big DataABSTRACT PDFJim Thatcher19 pgs.Big Data, Big Questions| This One Does Not Go Up To 11: The Quantified Self Movement as an Alternative Big Data PracticeABSTRACT PDFDawn Nafus, Jamie Sherman11 pgs.Big Data, Big Questions| The Theory/Data ThingABSTRACT PDFGeoffrey C. Bowker
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Singapore unveils plan in push to become smart nation | ZDNet

Singapore unveils plan in push to become smart nation | ZDNet | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Country introduces various initiatives as part of its goal to become the world's first smart nation, including a smart nation operating system and pilot trials at a designated residential-business estate.
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Building smart cities: food, materials and finance

Building smart cities: food, materials and finance | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
What does the future look like? Recycled clothing. Food grown in underground tunnels. A solid business case for green infrastructure.
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The Business Case for Open Data | Omidyar Network

Martin Tisné, Omidyar Network’s director, policy (UK) and Nicholas Gruen, economist and CEO of Lateral Economics, unveiled today in Canberra the report, Open for Business.  It is the first study to quantify and illustrate the potential of Open Data to help achieve the G20’s economic growth target.  Martin makes the economic case for open data below.  
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Dawn of the Smart City? Perspectives From New York, Ahmedabad, São Paulo, and Beijing | Wilson Center

Dawn of the Smart City? Perspectives From New York, Ahmedabad, São Paulo, and Beijing | Wilson Center | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
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Test-Bed Urbanism by Halpern et al | Public Culture

This essay interrogates the new forms of experimentation with urban territory emerging as a result of ubiquitous computing infrastructures. We label these protocols “test-bed urbanism.” Smart, sentient, stupid, and speculative all at once, these new methods for spatial development are changing the form, function, economy, and administration of urban life.

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Smart technology at centre of new vision for Reading in 2050

Smart technology at centre of new vision for Reading in 2050 | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
The vision for the town in the middle of this century was being worked up by teams of people at the Reading 2050 workshop where employers, academics, investors, entrepreneurs, planning experts and other stakeholders came together
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Too Big to Comply? NSA Says It’s Too Large, Complex to Comply With Court Order

Too Big to Comply? NSA Says It’s Too Large, Complex to Comply With Court Order | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

First it was the banks, now it's a massive intelligence agency.

 

In an era of too-big-to-fail banks, we should have known it was coming: An intelligence agency too big to rein in — and brazen enough to say so.

 

In a remarkable legal filing on Friday afternoon, the NSA told a federal court that its spying operations are too massive and technically complex to comply with an order to preserve evidence. The NSA, in other words, now says that it cannot comply with the rules that apply to any other party before a court — the very rules that ensure legal accountability — because it is too big. ...

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Can Smarter City technology measure and improve our quality of life? | Urban Technologist

Can Smarter City technology measure and improve our quality of life? | Urban Technologist | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Can information and technology measure and improve the quality of life in cities? That seems a pretty fundamental question for the Smarter Cities movement to address. There is little point in us expending time and money on the application of technology to city systems unless we can answer it positively. ...

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Interactive Map Site Lets You Travel the World Through the Lenses of Drones | Mashable

Interactive Map Site Lets You Travel the World Through the Lenses of Drones | Mashable | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
A new site mixes the power of YouTube and Google Maps to give you a drone's eye view of the entire planet.
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Big data: how predictive analytics is taking over the public sector in Australia | Guardian

Big data: how predictive analytics is taking over the public sector in Australia | Guardian | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
From predicting emergency department admissions to identifying tax fraud, the Australian public sector is putting its mountains of data to work
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Fàtima Galan's curator insight, June 16, 2014 11:05 AM

"“People like working in a system that is proactive rather than reactive. When we are expecting a patient load everyone knows what their jobs, and you are more efficient with your time.”"

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What we mean by "smart" in "smart cities" | Contrordine Compagni

What we mean by "smart" in "smart cities" | Contrordine Compagni | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

There's lots of talk about smart cities. There are two reasons for such attention. The first one is structural: cities are our future as a species. Already, for the first time in history, over half the world population lives in cities. Every week, 1.3 million people relocate from rural areaas to the cities of planet Earth. It’s plain common sense that we apply our best smarts to our dominant habitat. The second one is contingent: there’s money up for grabs if you hack smart cities. In Italy, the government is throwing over 600 million euro at research-and-deploy projects to “solve problems at the urban and metropolitan scale” in spaces like safety, aging, technologies for welfare, domotics, smart grids etc....

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The New York Public Library Wants You to Build a Time Machine | Mashable

The New York Public Library Wants You to Build a Time Machine | Mashable | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
The New York Public Library is asking public volunteers to update its old collections of maps. The end goal: a digital time machine to 19th-century NYC.
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New sensors will scoop up 'big data' on Chicago | Chicago Tribune

New sensors will scoop up 'big data' on Chicago | Chicago Tribune | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
The curled metal fixtures set to go up on a handful of Michigan Avenue light poles later this summer may look like delicate pieces of sculpture, but researchers say they'll provide a big step forward in the way Chicago understands itself by observing the city's people and surroundings.
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Video about Palava smart city development in India | YouTube

Smart cities are the future of cities.The Palava city being built by Lodha group near Mumbai offers a glimpse of what a smart city might look like.
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IBM to manage smart city infrastructure for Palava project - largest ever private, completely planned development in urban India

Palava will incorporate IBM’s smarter cities technology using advanced, data driven systems to integrate information from all city operations into a single system to improve efficiency and deliver an enhanced quality of life for residents.  

 

Strategically located at the junction of Navi Mumbai and Dombivali, Palava, is envisioned to become the largest ever private, completely planned development in urban India, and one of the top 50 places to live in the world by 2020.
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The open source revolution is coming and it will conquer the 1% - ex CIA spy | Guardian

The open source revolution is coming and it will conquer the 1% - ex CIA spy | Guardian | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

The man who trained more than 66 countries in open source methods calls for re-invention of intelligence to re-engineer Earth.

 

Robert David Steele, former Marine, CIA case officer, and US co-founder of the US Marine Corps intelligence activity, is a man on a mission. But it's a mission that frightens the US intelligence establishment to its core.  With 18 years experience working across the US intelligence community, followed by 20 more years in commercial intelligence and training, Steele's exemplary career has spanned almost all areas of both the clandestine world. ...

 

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The promise of urban informatics: some speculations by Nigel Thrift | EPA

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On anticipation through urban informatics

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Hey Internet, where's my talking city? | CNN

Hey Internet, where's my talking city? | CNN | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Unfulfilled promises of super-wired smart cities have sparked a dubious backlash, say experts. Years ago, experts told the world that the Internet would radically change our cities. A lot of us are still waiting. How cool, they said. Cities will be able to use the language of data to virtually talk to us, sharing information so communities can become superefficient, saving untold billions of dollars. Traffic management would untangle our commutes. Carbon emissions would plummet. Life, they said, would get a little easier. Well, some of this stuff is actually happening in places around the world. But in many other cities, businesses and governments have been ... moving ... kind of ... slow. So. What's the hold up? Where's my talking city? ...
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Robot doctors, online lawyers and automated architects: the future of the professions? | Guardian

Robot doctors, online lawyers and automated architects: the future of the professions? | Guardian | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Tom Meltzer: Advances in technology have long been recognised as a threat to manual labour. Now highly skilled, knowledge-based jobs that were once regarded as safe could be at risk. How will these professions adapt to the digital age?
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From Smart Cities to Bug Cities? Smart cities and urban planning | Alain Renk

When Smart Cities meet Urban Planning
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Sensors and Citizens: Finding Balance in the New Urban Reality | Design Mind

Sensors and Citizens: Finding Balance in the New Urban Reality | Design Mind | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

You have a front row seat. Unfortunately it is the driver’s seat of your family car and a multi-vehicle accident just unfolded before your eyes. People are almost certainly injured. Traffic is backing up in all directions. As you take out your smartphone to report an emergency, you notice that first responders are already on the scene. Small aerial drones have honed in on your location and incident information is being streamed to a control center. Traffic management and dashboard navigation systems across the city have been updated and rerouting has begun. Have the victim’s medical records been accessed using their personal digital identifiers?

You’re not in a Hollywood production. You’re participating in an experience from the very near future – one in which information collection is autonomous and mobile, and the infrastructure itself is programmable in real-time. ...

 

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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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Japan's Rollout of Smart Cities | Asia-Pacific Journal 11(23), June 2014

Japan's Rollout of Smart Cities | Asia-Pacific Journal 11(23), June 2014 | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

On May 27 Ernst & Young Institute Japan (EY) released a Japanese-language study, summarizing Japan’s over 200 smart city projects. EY’s work is especially well timed. Among other recent developments, June 2 saw Apple join a long list of firms including Toyota Home1 by entering the “smart home” market.2 The global background includes thousands of smart-city projects, collectively worth at least USD 650 billion in 2014.3 At over USD 40 billion, Korea’s Songdo smart city project is the costliest private-sector real-estate development ever undertaken. ...

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