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The dark side of data | TED Playlists

The dark side of data | TED Playlists | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Data can be used for good, harnessed for the betterment of society, but it can also be abused. Find out about some hidden not-so-sunny uses of Big Data.
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Smart city projects will likely "stall or be abandoned due to a lack of federal support from a Trump administration" | The Motley Fool

Smart city projects will likely "stall or be abandoned due to a lack of federal support from a Trump administration" |  The Motley Fool | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
The changes the new administration is likely to impose on U.S. policy for manufacturing, energy, and (the big one) taxes could slam the brakes on Internet of Things innovation.
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We hope the Motley Fool forecast does not come true. The Internet of Things is an important next step in the evolution of technology. Let it be!

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The Risk to Civil Liberties of Fighting Crime With Big Data | New York Times

Technology that allows the police to analyze and share data helps prevent crime. But those sophisticated tools may put civil liberties in danger, too.
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Is cybersecurity for smart cities being dangerously underestimated? ReadWrite

Is cybersecurity for smart cities being dangerously underestimated? ReadWrite | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
As governments around the globe jump on the smart city wave, cybersecurity experts are raising the alarm about the proliferation of unsecured technology.
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Bringing Free Public Wifi Back to Dublin City Centre - Dublin Inquirer

Bringing Free Public Wifi Back to Dublin City Centre - Dublin Inquirer | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Data mining or data harvesting is a danger where free public wifi is concerned. It’s often part of the pay-off for the large companies that supply the service: in return they are allowed to track people who use the service, to know what they are using their devices for, and when and where they’re using them. And then they can sell this data back to the local government or business group. Back in 2014, American journalist Evan Schuman raised concerns about New York City’s plans to roll out public wifi. It’s tricky for the service user, says Schuman. “The caution, the change in behaviour, is for the consumer. Riding a public Wi-Fi with thousands of strangers is a problematic security practice,” he said, in an email. Addressing these concerns, says Guiney of DublinTown, will be key when bringing potential service providers to the table. “That technology is all available and obviously people try to sell you that but I actually don’t know if we want to get into that level of detail,” he says. “We don’t need to be recording the data.” ...

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Smart Dublin – in one word | The Programmable City

The first Smart Dublin Advisory Network meeting took place on the 12th October in the Mansion House. The plan is for the network to meet every six months to help guide the work of Smart Dublin as it develops and implements its strategy and programmes. The first meeting mainly focused on introducing Smart Dublin and undertaking some initial workshop exercises to brainstorm initial ideas and feedback and to do so preliminary backcasting. The first task was a quick introduction and for each person to say in one word a quality they hoped Smart Dublin would fulfil. Here’s a list of those aspirational words – which I have grouped into triplets – a list against which to judge over the next few years how successful Smart Dublin has been. ...
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Smart Moscow | Programmable City

Smart Moscow | Programmable City | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
The vision of a smart city, as articulated by the city administration, is based on three pillars of smart urban governance: (1) strategic planning using big data to develop and implement real-time adaptive management solutions; (2) sustainable, continuous development based on co-evolution of society and nature aimed at making life better while also reducing the negative impact on the environment; (3) engaging residents in the city’s administration through dialogue and collective decision-making using websites and mobile apps. ...
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The automated city: do we still need humans to run public services? | Guardian

The automated city: do we still need humans to run public services? | Guardian | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
From driverless buses to an AI council worker called Amelia, municipal services are becoming increasingly automated. But what does that mean for the future of our cities – and the jobs market?
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Human factors limit smart cities more than technology | Readwrite

Human factors limit smart cities more than technology | Readwrite | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

While the latest smart gizmo tends to grab headlines, industry experts are urging urban leaders to focus more on smart city challenges with their citizens, rather than the technology...

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Who makes the IoT Things that are under attack? — Krebs on Security

Who makes the IoT Things that are under attack? — Krebs on Security | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
As KrebsOnSecurity observed over the weekend, the source code that powers the “Internet of Things” (IoT) botnet responsible for launching the historically large distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack last month has been publicly released. Here’s a look at which devices are being targeted by this malware. The malware, dubbed “Mirai,” spreads to vulnerable devices by continuously scanning the Internet for IoT systems protected by factory default usernames and passwords....
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Cities Cannot Be Reduced To Just Big Data And IoT: Smart City Lessons From Yinchuan, China | Forbes

Cities Cannot Be Reduced To Just Big Data And IoT: Smart City Lessons From Yinchuan, China | Forbes | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Cities are like Tolstoy's families: each messed up in its own way.  The new challenges urban conglomerates have to face and how to better address them were the main topics of discussion at the Smart City in Focus conference which took place in Yinchuan (China) a couple of weeks ago. If for Atlanta, Georgia, transportation and public safety are the top priorities to address, in the struggling desert utopia of Masdar City, the focus is on renewable energy and smart buildings.

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Design and development of a real-time analytical urban dashboard | ISPRS-Annals 

As many cities increase in size across multiple dimensions such as population, economic output and physical size, new methods for understanding and managing cities are required. Data produced by and about urban environments offer insight into what is happening in cities. Real-time data from sensors within the city record current transport and environmental conditions such as noise levels, water levels, journey times and public transport delays. Similarly administrative data such as demographics, employment statistics, property prices and crime rates all provide insight into how a city is evolving. Traditionally, these data were maintained separately and managed by individual city departments. Advances in technology and a move to open-government have placed many of these data in the public domain. Urban dashboards have emerged as a technique to visualise these data in an accessible way. This paper describes the implementation of one such dashboard, the Dublin Dashboard, an interactive website which collects, analyses and visualises data from a variety of sources about Dublin in Ireland through a series of interactive maps, graphs and applications. This paper describes the approach, the data and the technology used to develop the Dublin Dashboard and acts as a guideline for developing urban dashboards in other cities.
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Baltimore Police Secretly Running Aerial Mass-Surveillance Eye in the Sky | ACLU

Baltimore Police Secretly Running Aerial Mass-Surveillance Eye in the Sky | ACLU | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Bloomberg Businessweek reported late Tuesday that the Baltimore police have been subjecting that city to a vast and powerful aerial surveillance system since January, without telling, let alone asking, the public that they serve. This is a big deal.


This system, known as “wide-area surveillance” and run by an Ohio company called Persistent Surveillance Systems, involves the deployment of megapixel cameras on a Cessna aircraft, which circles over a city for up to 10 hours at a time, continuously photographing a 30-square-mile area and giving police the ability to retroactively track any vehicle or pedestrian within that area. It is the ultimate Big Brother “eye in the sky.” ...

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Baidu uses 600 million users’ location data to make predictions | New Scientist

Baidu uses 600 million users’ location data to make predictions | New Scientist | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Baidu, China’s internet search giant, has shown just what you can learn when you have access to enough location data. The firm’s Big Data Lab in Beijing has announced that it has used billions of location records from its 600 million users as a lens on the Chinese economy, tracking the flux of people around offices and shops as a proxy measurement for employment and consumption activity. The lab even used the data to predict Apple’s second quarter revenue in China.

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Three steps towards a hierarchy of needs for smart cities | Computer Weekly

Three steps towards a hierarchy of needs for smart cities | Computer Weekly | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Smart cities face challenges around network connectivity, standardisation and data governance, say IoT experts, and these needs must be met for them to flourish
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In its pursuit of “smart cities,” India is becoming a drier, hotter and angrier country | Quartz

In its pursuit of “smart cities,” India is becoming a drier, hotter and angrier country | Quartz | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

“Faced with unprecedented growth, socio-cultural heterogeneity and inequity, we do not know what the future holds for nature in the new urban India,” writes Nagendra. “While the focus of the country appears to be on ‘smart cities’ as viewed through a technological lens, we need to understand that nature provides the most intelligent routes to a smart city.”

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How to ensure smart cities benefit everyone | The Conversation

How to ensure smart cities benefit everyone | The Conversation | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Design will make the difference between smart city projects offering great promise or actually reinforcing or even widening the existing gaps in unequal ways their cities serve residents.
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The road to tomorrow: streets need to be as smart as the cars driving on them | Wired

The road to tomorrow: streets need to be as smart as the cars driving on them | Wired | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

It’s not enough for future vehicles to be shared and self-driving – a smart upgrade of our cities and streets is also required ...

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Impressions of Songdo, an urban growth machine in progress | The Programmable City

Impressions of Songdo, an urban growth machine in progress | The Programmable City | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
While Songdo is perhaps best known in the urban studies literature as model smart city and an example of testbed urbanism on a grand scale, my sense is that its creation really has to be contextualised with respect to IFEZ as it is predominately an economic development initiative aimed at driving domestic growth and establishing South Korea as a North East Asian hub for particular industries and thus consolidating its position as a key player in the global economy. Seen from this perspective, the focus on creating a smart city is an implementation strategy designed to attract investment capital, anchor tenants, and global workers, with a side benefit of creating a potential exportable model of development. Indeed, the smart city is one of four such implementation strategies used by IFEZ to bring the vision of being a ‘global business frontier’ to life, the others being: creating ‘a global economic platform’, becoming a ‘hub of service industries’ and a ‘hub of convergence’. ...
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The plug and play city: how shipping containers are changing infrastructure | Conversation

The plug and play city: how shipping containers are changing infrastructure | Conversation | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
The humble shipping container is sparking a revolution in architecture, plug and play infrastructure, portable labs and many other innovations.
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Smart cities vs. 'locked-in' cities | Phys.org

Smart cities vs. 'locked-in' cities | Phys.org | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
One of the key issues facing modern cities today is municipalities being locked in to technology from a single provider, and instead ensuring they are free to transition to the most convenient products and services for citizen
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Future-proofing Asian cities the smart way | Eco-Business

Future-proofing Asian cities the smart way | Eco-Business | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Rapid urbanisation is the defining challenge for Asia Pacific in coming decades. Eco-Business looks at some smart solutions adopted by cities to keep up with growing energy and waste needs and strengthen their economies in the process.

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Big Data and the City | Built Environment

Big Data and the City | Built Environment | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Big data is everywhere, largely generated by automated systems operating in real time that potentially tell us how cities are performing and changing. A product of the smart city, it is providing us with novel data sets that suggest ways in which we might plan better, and design more sustainable environments. The articles in this issue reveal how scientists and planners are using big data to better understand everything from new forms of mobility in transport systems to new uses of social media. Together, they reveal how visualization is fast becoming an integral part of developing a thorough understanding of our cities.
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SimCities: Designing Smart Cities through Data-Driven Simulation | Data-Smart City Solutions

SimCities: Designing Smart Cities through Data-Driven Simulation | Data-Smart City Solutions | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
With the help of big data and analytics, urban planners can now use simulations to anticipate the impact of urban development programs. Using these tools, cities can become more sustainable and strategic, while the planning processes become ever more inclusive.
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Smart Cities of the Future: An Innovation or Intrusion? | Smart Data Collective

Smart Cities of the Future: An Innovation or Intrusion? | Smart Data Collective | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
A look at the impact of the IoT and smart city technology on the lives of future urban dwellars. Is it a utopian paradise or 'big brother' society?
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Apps don’t make a city smart - The Boston Globe

Apps don’t make a city smart - The Boston Globe | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Our current smart-city techno fetish rides roughshod across the public realm. It encourages the belief that there’s always “an app for that” — that we can address deep-seated, structural urban problems through business-led technological innovation and somehow sidestep the messiness of inclusive politics.


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To be truly smart, cities of the future should focus on developing democratic, participatory visions that harness smart technology to a shared agenda. Let’s create a genuinely shared urban commons and an inclusive public realm — not a place where quick adoption of smart technologies just reinforces the dominant-yet-dumb approaches of competition, enclosure, and division.

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