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News on smart cities being built from scratch across the global south. This includes marketing and publicity material as well as challenges and active resistance against these new cities. https://gendersmartcity.wordpress.com
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Amaravati is Naidu’s Neverland. It is yet to come out of glitzy PowerPoint presentations

Amaravati is Naidu’s Neverland. It is yet to come out of glitzy PowerPoint presentations | Smart cities in the global south | Scoop.it
True to his hi-tech image, Chandrababu Naidu asked people to donate e-bricks to the construction of Amaravati, each brick costing Rs. 10.
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'Gendering the G20: Empowering women in the digital age' by Vidisha Mishra - Observer Research Foundation

'Gendering the G20: Empowering women in the digital age' by Vidisha Mishra - Observer Research Foundation | Smart cities in the global south | Scoop.it
"Women make up a majority of the four billion people excluded from the digital economy. Policy narratives assert that the digital economy has the potential to transform the world of work. Conversely, there are concerns that the existing 'digital divide' within and across nations will simply exacerbate existing social inequalities and reinforce gender hierarchies. G20 member states have repeatedly committed to bridging pervasive gender gaps in labour-force participation, financial inclusion, and more recently, digital inclusion. Given the heterogeneity of the G20 formation, it is important that they strive for coordinated action as well as localised, country-specific pathways. This brief explores the challenges and opportunities for women’s empowerment in a digital age in the context of the G20."
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Smart EMU rake with safety features for women rolled out - Times of India

Smart EMU rake with safety features for women rolled out - Times of India | Smart cities in the global south | Scoop.it
"Every time a woman or disabled passenger in distress pulls the alarm chain of this EMU rake, the motorman, guard or security personnel can rush to their aid with the help of the flasher and buzzer that is set-off on the roof of the compartment."
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Smart City to soon get 30 biodegradable toilets - Times of India

Smart City to soon get 30 biodegradable toilets - Times of India | Smart cities in the global south | Scoop.it

"Guwahati: In the next three months, the Smart City will see the installation of about 30 bio-toilets in different locations. These toilets will be able to break down human excreta into usable water and gas through a zero-waste biodigester. "To meet the growing demand of a sustainable and hygienic sanitation system, prevention of open defecation and pollution of water bodies as also to promote the safety and dignity of women, the installation of smart bio-toilets has been proposed under the Smart City Mission in Guwahati," said the managing director of the Guwahati Smart City Limited, M Angamuthu."

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Artist Sameer Kulavoor’s Mumbai exhibition celebrates the chaos of urban living - Hindustan Times

Artist Sameer Kulavoor’s Mumbai exhibition celebrates the chaos of urban living - Hindustan Times | Smart cities in the global south | Scoop.it

"Visual artist Sameer Kulavoor’s latest acrylic on canvas artworks highlight the multiple identities of cities and the crazy mix of urban dwellers who make it work."

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Urbanity is key to making megacities work - Property Week

Urbanity is key to making megacities work - Property Week | Smart cities in the global south | Scoop.it
"Our cities will undergo enormous change, with the UN predicting that 6.3 billion people will be living in cities by 2050. By 2025, it is predicted that there will be 37 megacities, mostly in China – Jing-Jin-Ji will be the world’s first city of 100 million people. With accelerating change, cities are taking on greater importance. However, as competition for foreign capital investment in cities grows, success is no longer purely about size. Innovation, liveability and an ability to transform to a changing socio-economic landscape are increasingly important."
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Australia and ASEAN deepen links on smart cities and digital trade - Computer Weekly

Australia and ASEAN deepen links on smart cities and digital trade - Computer Weekly | Smart cities in the global south | Scoop.it
"Besides fostering smart city development across Southeast Asia, Australia and ASEAN will also support the use of digital trade standards across the region’s booming e-commerce market."
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Citizens must be involved and accountable in Smart Cities - BW Smart Cities

Citizens must be involved and accountable in Smart Cities - BW Smart Cities | Smart cities in the global south | Scoop.it
"Smart cities is not just about the creation of these hardwares and softwares or the analytics, it is about how the analytics can be used by the regular district administrations in making their functioning better. The main issue is how the citizens as well as the district administration are getting benefit out of it."
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Could the Cities of the Future Take the Form of a Digital Swarm? - Medium/How We Get To Next

Could the Cities of the Future Take the Form of a Digital Swarm? - Medium/How We Get To Next | Smart cities in the global south | Scoop.it
"The built environment constantly reinvents itself — and “swarm cities” could be its next manifestation."
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Google App launched to help women survivors of gender-based violence - The News International

Google App launched to help women survivors of gender-based violence - The News International | Smart cities in the global south | Scoop.it
"A Google App has been launched to improve the services offered to women survivors of gender-based violence." Image (c) Reuters
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Are smart cities being planned to incorporate needs of women? - Moneycontrol.com

Are smart cities being planned to incorporate needs of women? - Moneycontrol.com | Smart cities in the global south | Scoop.it

"While some cities have planned night markets for women, taken a conscious decision to purchase unisex bikes as part of the bike sharing initiative and even launched safety apps, much more needs to be done to make them truly gender smart." 

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'Defying Delhi’s enclosures: strategies for managing a difficult city' by Melissa Butcher - Gender, Place & Culture

'Defying Delhi’s enclosures: strategies for managing a difficult city' by Melissa Butcher - Gender, Place & Culture | Smart cities in the global south | Scoop.it
"Reflecting wider debates on the city as a site of coercion and opportunity, Delhi is marked by the coordinates of both cultural nationalism and neo-liberal aspiration. The former positions the city as a site of cultural pollution, at times claiming ‘western lifestyles’ have contributed to gendered assault. In juxtaposition, Delhi’s neo-liberal landscape positions the female body as a valued commodity, iconic of ‘globalised living’, embedded in discourses of autonomy and modernity. This article will argue that these entangled cultural constructs have created a city of threat and discomfort that problematizes women’s access, be it for livelihood or leisure, enclosing women within coordinates not of their making. Yet rather than acquiesce to this urban topology, the agency of the single, middle-aged, middle-class women in this ethnographic study extends our understanding of the agonistic relationships within urban space, and the capacity to negotiate them using practices of avoidance, deception, adaptation, defiance, and care, at times creating their own enclosures in the process that enabled access to the city. Age and class as well as gendered expectations impacted on the available resources and outcomes of these negotiations, revealing the diverse possibilities of urban living that can enable pockets of social and political flourishing even within a difficult city."
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Gender Equality for Smart Cities - United Smart Cities

Gender Equality for Smart Cities - United Smart Cities | Smart cities in the global south | Scoop.it
"We live in an increasingly urban world where providing healthy and safe living environments, productive economies and equitable social benefits are challenges facing towns and cities globally. Today, just over half the world’s people live in urban areas, and we expect the percentage of urban dwellers to rise to 70 per cent by 2050. An important dimension of urban life is the condition of women in towns and cities; it is a condition marked by historical exclusion and multiple deprivations. One in three people in cities of the developing world lives in a slum. Although conditions vary, research shows that women and girls often suffer the worst effects of slum life, such as poor access to clean water, inadequate sanitation, unemployment, insecurity of tenure and gender-based violence (exacerbated at home by stressful and over-crowded living conditions, and in public areas by poor security and eviction threats). On the whole, governments and policy makers are still responding inadequately to different gender needs in towns and cities. With time, this deepens the disadvantages for women and girls. It denies them an equal voice to bring about improvements in their communities, and holds back the full potential for social and economic development in their countries. With global threats such as climate change and global recession, never has there been a greater urgency to develop innovative interventions."
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Will Smart Cities Inevitably Worsen Social Inequality? - Huffington Post 

Will Smart Cities Inevitably Worsen Social Inequality? - Huffington Post  | Smart cities in the global south | Scoop.it

"Our world is becoming more unequal. The disparities are perhaps most evident in our cities, where rich and poor are often neighbours, with slums standing in the shadow of skyscrapers. Large cities are less equal than the nations that host them – as well as being more unequal than smaller towns. While smart cities can potentially benefit all citizens through increased efficiency, critics say that the application of digital technologies in the urban realm - far from addressing these divisions - will increase social inequality still further. A lot of smart city initiatives, they say, are very top-down, devised and driven by corporate, techno-centric agendas that don’t generally even consider inequality, let alone how to reduce it."

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China and South Korea can lead global smart city trend - Global Times

China and South Korea can lead global smart city trend - Global Times | Smart cities in the global south | Scoop.it
"South Korea is planning to develop Sejong and Busan into smart cities by 2023 as an exploration of smart city models, according to media reports in the country. Nowadays, all major countries are competing to build smart cities, with China, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and Singapore all making efforts to build smart cities based on their respective national conditions. Among them, China and South Korea compete with each other in certain aspects, but the potential for mutual cooperation is even greater."
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What are the most advanced smart cities in the world? - Information Age

What are the most advanced smart cities in the world? - Information Age | Smart cities in the global south | Scoop.it
“We must think of city-wide systems as one ecosystem working together. At the same time, we all – technologists, local governments, businesses, environmentalists and the general public – must help to build the investment case to enable cities to successfully implement smart city programs.”
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Is Bangkok savvy enough to become a 'smart city'? - Bangkok Post

Is Bangkok savvy enough to become a 'smart city'? - Bangkok Post | Smart cities in the global south | Scoop.it
"The "smart city" has become a new buzzword for development policy in the Thailand 4.0 initiative, which would see big cities in the country like Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Khon Kaen and the Eastern Economic Corridor, transformed into technology hubs. The government has established the National Smart City Committee and invited various agencies and experts to join."
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Why a smart city must also be a safe city - IFSEC Global

Why a smart city must also be a safe city - IFSEC Global | Smart cities in the global south | Scoop.it
"Smart city projects are being launched all around the world. What’s notable about them all is both the differences and commonalities. They vary from improving air quality via plant life and Internet of Things (IoT) technology, identifying gunshots and providing connectivity via Internet kiosks. However, what they all have in common is the use of different types of electronic data collection sensors and interconnectedness. Smart cities are all about capturing and collating data from citizens, devices and assets to improve daily life – in much the same way that safe city technology does. So, why does a smart city have to be a safe city? Because a smart city doesn’t really make sense without being a safe city."
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Smart Cities in India 2018 - Research and Markets

Smart Cities in India 2018 - Research and Markets | Smart cities in the global south | Scoop.it
"In the past couple of years, smart cities have been a key focus area of the Indian government. Till date, 90 cities have been selected by the Ministry of Urban Development under the Smart Cities Mission launched in July 2015. Together, these 90 cities are expected to entail investments worth over Rs 1.2 trillion. This edition provides a comprehensive analysis of the smart cities sector. In  particular, it provides a detailed update on the actual progress made so far for the 20 cities identified under the first bidding rounds. Further, the subsequent rounds announced so far are expected to offer significant opportunities to various stakeholders in the smart cities sector. The report will thus attempt to highlight this opportunity by carrying out an in-depth analysis of the project pipeline. This year’s edition will also have a separate section focussing on case studies of select Indian and global cities. Also, the government is exploring new and innovative financial models to fund smart cities projects. Attention is also paid to improving creditability of urban local bodies with the objective to attract private funding. The report aims to highlight these aspects under the financing and PPP potential chapters."
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Uber Victim Stepped Suddenly in Front of Self-Driving Car - Bloomberg 

Uber Victim Stepped Suddenly in Front of Self-Driving Car - Bloomberg  | Smart cities in the global south | Scoop.it
"The Uber had a forward-facing video recorder, which showed the woman was walking a bike at about 10 p.m. and moved into traffic from a dark center median. "It’s very clear it would have been difficult to avoid this collision in any kind of mode,” Sylvia Moir, the police chief in Tempe, Arizona, told the San Francisco Chronicle. "The driver said it was like a flash, the person walked out in front of them," Moir said, referring to the backup driver who was behind the wheel but not operating the vehicle. "His first alert to the collision was the sound of the collision."The chief’s account raises new questions in the investigation that holds importance to the future of the burgeoning autonomous vehicle industry. Uber Technologies Inc. halted autonomous vehicle tests in the wake of the accident and officials in Boston asked that similar tests in that city be suspended as well."
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'Smart Cities and Gender: main arguments and dimensions for a promising research and policy development area' by Maria Sangiuliano - Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights ...

'Smart Cities and Gender: main arguments and dimensions for a promising research and policy development area' by Maria Sangiuliano - Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights ... | Smart cities in the global south | Scoop.it
"In the quickly advancing interdisciplinary debate on smart cities a specific gender dimension is not fully taken into consideration, even when an inclusion or equality issue is raised. This short paper starts is arguing for the relevance of gender as an indicator for inclusive smart cities drawing on gender studies from several disciplinary areas and presenting 6 key dimensions which motivate the relevance of gender as a key variable in studying urban innovation policies. Mobility and transport as a specific vertical area of intervention is highlighted as an example of how fertile could be an integration of gender issues into smart cities. Finally, the importance of embedding gender into transnational and EU level policy initiatives is stressed and the example of the Inclusive Smart Cities Manifesto of the EIP SCC is presented."
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How women have shaped our global cities - JLL (Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated) Real Views

How women have shaped our global cities - JLL (Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated) Real Views | Smart cities in the global south | Scoop.it
"Walk down the streets of the world’s largest cities and the influence of women in designing, constructing and driving progress in the urban environment – and urban living – is all around."
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Smart CCTVs to ensure women safety in Bengaluru - The New Indian Express

Smart CCTVs to ensure women safety in Bengaluru - The New Indian Express | Smart cities in the global south | Scoop.it
"In an attempt to make best use of technology for women safety, 10,000 CCTV cameras powered with Artificial Intelligence (AI) will be installed in the city. The Union ministry for women and child development has approved Rs 667 crore for Bengaluru under Nirbhaya funds to provide safety for women in public spaces and transport systems. The IT capital is one among eight cities of the country which have been selected for the ‘safe city’ plan focusing on women security. Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Lucknow are the eight cities selected."
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Smart city tech can save every resident 125 hours a year - ZDNet

Smart city tech can save every resident 125 hours a year - ZDNet | Smart cities in the global south | Scoop.it
"Anticipating that 2018 will be a breakthrough year for smart cities, Intel produced a report showing how these investments impact citizens' lives."
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Get off the big data partnership bandwagon - Hindustan Times

Get off the big data partnership bandwagon - Hindustan Times | Smart cities in the global south | Scoop.it
"China, Singapore and Canada are busying themselves with the necessary governance frameworks and investments for creating a new public architecture for digital intelligence, while countries like India are yet to apply themselves in this regard."
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