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How is the city translated into software and data, and how does software reshape the city?
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Poor data security is a growing crisis. Top 10 data breaches to 575 million data records occurred last year

Poor data security is a growing crisis. Top 10 data breaches to 575 million data records occurred last year | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
If 2013 has taught us anything, it is that we have a growing data security crisis. Four of the top 10 data breaches of all time occurred last year, with more than 575 million data records accessed, lost or stolen according to one source that tracks data breaches.
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Invisible cities visualizes social networks around the world

Invisible cities visualizes social networks around the world | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

“through an immersive, three-dimensional information landscape, geocoded activity from online services such as twitter and instagram are displayed in real-time.”


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Selfie city, including essay on imagined data communities

Selfie city, including essay on imagined data communities | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Investigating the style of self-portraits (selfies) in five cities across the world.
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Lean Urbanism project to empower citizens to revitalize cities | Knight Foundation

Lean Urbanism project to empower citizens to revitalize cities | Knight Foundation | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
MIAMI—(Feb. 19, 2014)—The practice of “Lean Urbanism,” which seeks to accelerate city revitalization by helping citizens and entrepreneurs work around cumbersome regulations, will receive a boost with a $600,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The grant will go to the Center for Applied Transect Studies, led by Andrés Duany, a founder of the Congress for the New Urbanism, an organization that promotes communities that are compact, walkable, transit-oriented and mixed-use.
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Google’s ‘Project Tango’ aims to open up mobile world | Irish Times

Google’s ‘Project Tango’ aims to open up mobile world | Irish Times | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Prototype phone will create 3D maps of a user’s environment.  The five-inch phone contains customised hardware and software, with sensors that make over a quarter million 3D measurements every second. That allows the phone to update its position and orientation in real-time, giving rise to potential applications such as for finding directions inside an unfamiliar building, assisting the visually impaired and locating products inside stores....

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The Perils of the "Digital Humanities": New Positivisms and the Fate of Literary Theory | Project MUSE

The Perils of the "Digital Humanities": New Positivisms and the Fate of Literary Theory | Project MUSE | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

This essay situates the rise of the so-called digital humanities within earlier theoretical trends and methodologies. Taking as its focus the impact of digital techniques on literary studies, the essay argues that advocates for the new digital methods often lapse into an uncritical positivism at the moment that they espouse an apparently critical historicism. In assessing the shortcomings of the confluence of digital and historical approaches, the author outlines an alternative critical epistemology of the humanities through an engagement with the writings of Louis Althusser, gesturing toward a renewed, "speculative" formalism that may account for the mutabilities of form and history alike.

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Large volumes of data are challenging open science - SciDev.Net

Large volumes of data are challenging open science - SciDev.Net | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
The ‘data explosion’ of the past 20 years undermines a basic scientific principle, argues Geoffrey Boulton.
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At Newark Airport, the Lights Are On, and They’re Watching You | New York Times

At Newark Airport, the Lights Are On, and They’re Watching You | New York Times | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Visitors to Terminal B at Newark Liberty International Airport may notice the bright, clean lighting that now blankets the cavernous interior, courtesy of 171 recently installed LED fixtures. But they probably will not realize that the light fixtures are the backbone of a system that is watching them.

 

Using an array of sensors and eight video cameras around the terminal, the light fixtures are part of a new wireless network that collects and feeds data into software that can spot long lines, recognize license plates and even identify suspicious activity, sending alerts to the appropriate staff. ...

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What is smart about smart cities? A response from the global south | The City Inside Out

What is smart about smart cities? A response from the global south | The City Inside Out | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Imagine that you get off your flight and go straight into an electric car that takes you zipping over traffic into your business meeting. Imagine that your  mobile phone never discharges because it is solar powered. Imagine you never have to switch the heating or air-conditioning on since your home neither loses heat in winter, nor gains heat in summer. Imagine that the lights switch themselves on or off as you enter or leave the room. Imagine that rainwater is collected and reused in your toilets. Imagine that biogas generated from your waste is used to cook your food. Imagine that solar batteries on your roof provide you with unlimited electricity. Imagine that windmills provide you with the power to run your computer. Imagine that you find out who your neighbours are before you move into your new home. Imagine there are no offensive smells, no noise, no dust, no pollution in your city. Imagine you are in the smart city. Imagine that you may never ever see the mess of the everyday city again....

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Predictive Energy Optimization: Smart Buildings, Smart Grids, Smart Cities | Clean Technica

A weather system just passed by the wind farms out in the eastern hills, the turbines have been cranking all night. Not finding much demand, energy prices in the morning have plummeted. Alas, the bonanza won’t last long, as the change in weather means the wind energy production is going to taper down ...

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Software Studies: An Outline for Computational Art History

Computational art history - use of algorithms for the analysis and visualization of patterns in art production, dissemination, reception/interaction, and scholarship. (In other words: use of computers to augment human intellect and intuition.)

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Big Data, George Orwell, and Tanks | American Civil Liberties Union

Big Data, George Orwell, and Tanks | American Civil Liberties Union | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
I recently came across an interesting passage by George Orwell. It made me think about Big Data.

It is a commonplace that the history of civilization is largely the history of weapons. In particular, the connection between the discovery of gunpowder and the overthrow of feudalism by th...
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Society as science | Video on The Economist

Society as science | Video on The Economist | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
ALEX PENTLAND of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on using data to predict—and control—human behaviour.
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Cities of the Future: Songdo, South Korea - Roadmap for a New Community | video

Learn more by reading our blogs. Click here: http://bit.ly/Ij9bWT. Building Songdo required more than just big ideas. Developers needed to find the right tec...

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Illuminating Housing Challenges with Data | Data-Smart City Solutions

Some policymakers have turned to new tools that use predictive analytics, crowdsourcing, and digital cartography to address vacancies, homelessness, and urban blight.
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The minority report: Chicago's new police computer predicts crimes, but is it racist? | The Verge

The minority report: Chicago's new police computer predicts crimes, but is it racist? | The Verge | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

When the Chicago Police Department sent one of its commanders to Robert McDaniel’s home last summer, the 22-year-old high school dropout was surprised. Though he lived in a neighborhood well-known for bloodshed on its streets, he hadn’t committed a crime or interacted with a police officer recently. And he didn’t have a violent criminal record, nor any gun violations. In August, he incredulously told the Chicago Tribune, "I haven't done nothing that the next kid growing up hadn't done.” Yet, there stood the female police commander at his front door with a stern message: if you commit any crimes, there will be major consequences. We’re watching you.

 

What McDaniel didn’t know was that he had been placed on the city’s “heat list” — an index of the roughly 400 people in the city of Chicago supposedly most likely to be involved in violent crime. Inspired by a Yale sociologist’s studies and compiled using an algorithm created by an engineer at the Illinois Institute of Technology, the heat list is just one example of the experiments the CPD is conducting as it attempts to push policing into the 21st century. ...

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Ethnography in Communities of Big Data: Contested expectations for data in the 23andme and FDA Controversy

Ethnography in Communities of Big Data: Contested expectations for data in the 23andme and FDA Controversy | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

 

Across the field of health and wellness there is a lot of talk about data, from consumer self-tracking and Quantified Self data, to data-driven, personalized health care, to data-intensive, crowd sourced, scientific discovery. But what are these different stakeholders talking about when they talk about data and are they talking about the same thing?

At EPIC, in the “Big Data/Ethnography or Big Data Ethnography” session, I presented on this topic drawing from our ethnography of the impact of consumer big and small data on institutions of healthcare. In this post I use the recent controversy between the FDA and personal genetics testing company, 23andme, to exemplify many of the concepts my co-author, Dr. Gina Neff, and I develop in our EPIC paper “What we talk about when we talk data: Valences and the social performance of multiple metrics in digital health”, rather than simply re-present them.  I also demonstrate how ethnography can be leveraged in the context of so-called “big data” or data intensive transformations in science and practice.....

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Enter the Open Data Impact Stories Competition | School of Data - Evidence is Power

Enter the Open Data Impact Stories Competition | School of Data - Evidence is Power | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
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AT&T and IBM team on Smart Cities with see-everything IoT tech

AT&T and IBM team on Smart Cities with see-everything IoT tech | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

AT&T and IBM are teaming up for the Internet of Things (IoT) on a huge scale, planning to outfit smart cities with cameras, roads, utility meters, and more that can all intercommunicate as residents and cars move around them. The "global alliance" will see AT&T and IBM first look at gathering and crunching Big Data from cities and utilities, potentially integrating news of traffic jams, parking lot congestion, where police and other emergency services are located, and even social media reports from those living or working in the city to dynamically shape urban planning. ...

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The smart-city movement spreading around the globe raises serious concerns about who controls the information | Metropolis

The smart-city movement spreading around the globe raises serious concerns about who controls the information | Metropolis | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Not long ago, I bought a beetle-shaped piece of silicone and metal that slips into my pocket and keeps track of how much I walk. Called a Fitbit One, it’s essentially a glorified pedometer. The device’s shell is jammed with hard- and software that lets it talk to my computer and iPhone. It sends me attaboys! on its tiny screen and, most importantly, the gadget talks with my spouse’s Fitbit, which allows us to compete with each other.  The Fitbit is not on anyone’s list of smart-city phenomena, but I would argue for including it, because it’s changing my relationship with the streets I walk in New York City. ...

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Hacking the Academy: New Approaches to Scholarship and Teaching from Digital Humanities

Hacking the Academy: New Approaches to Scholarship and Teaching from Digital Humanities | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
About the Book Can an algorithm edit a journal? Can a library exist without books? Can students build and manage their own learning management platforms? Can a conference be held without a program? Can Twitter replace a scholarly society? As […]
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Anthony Townsend on smart cities | Arup Connect

We spoke to Smart Cities author Anthony Townsend about the role of architects and engineers in creating the wired communities of the future.
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The City as a Platform - Stripping out complexity and Making Things Happen | Emer Coleman

The City as a Platform - Stripping out complexity and Making Things Happen | Emer Coleman | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
The concept of data platforms has garnered a lot of coverage over the past few years and the City as a Platform is one that has wide traction in the “Smart City” space. It’s an idea that has...
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Big Data, the Internet of Things and the Death of Capitalism | SmartData Collective

Big Data, the Internet of Things and the Death of Capitalism | SmartData Collective | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

We in the world of IT and data tend to focus on the positive outcomes of technology. Diagnoses of illness will be improved. ....

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