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How is the city translated into software and data, and how does software reshape the city?
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Songdo, South Korea: City of the Future? Asia's half-finished "high-tech utopia" | The Atlantic

Songdo, South Korea: City of the Future? Asia's half-finished "high-tech utopia" | The Atlantic | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Speeding across one of the longest cable bridges in the world, jet-lagged but unwilling to close our eyes, we asked the taxi driver what he thought of the brand new city whose skyscrapers rose hopefully ahead of us. In his limited English, he responded without much enthusiasm: “It is nice.”

 

John Winthrop's famous sermon to the Massachusetts Bay colonists, as they approached what would become Boston in 1630, referred grandly to “a city upon a hill,” Winthrop's Christian vision of an ideal community. Nearly 400 years later, another exemplary city—this one secular, high-tech, and on the northwestern coast of South Korea—has appeared, on a landfill.

 

And there it was ahead of us.

 

Some of the developers of Songdo (which means “island of pine trees”) call it “The City of the Future.” Others have dubbed it “The World’s Smartest City” and “Korea’s High-Tech Utopia.” What, if anything, might such a city have in store for a tourist? ...

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Why Big Data Missed the Early Warning Signs of Ebola | Foreign Policy

Why Big Data Missed the Early Warning Signs of Ebola | Foreign Policy | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Hint: Ils ne parlent pas le français.

 

The U.S. government's Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), which helps fund HealthMap, has used this success story as evidence that the approaches used in its Open Source Indicators program can indeed "beat the news" and provide the earliest warnings of impending disease outbreaks and conflict.

It's an inspirational story that is a common refrain in the big data world -- sophisticated computer algorithms sift through millions of data points and divine hidden patterns indicating a previously unrecognized outbreak that was then used to alert unsuspecting health authorities and government officials.  The problem is that this story isn't quite true:

By the time HealthMap monitored its very first report, the Guinean government had actually already announced the outbreak and notified the WHO.

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FTC Event on Big Data E-Scores | U.S. PIRG Education Fund

Companies on the Internet are tracking you with vastly powerful Big Data algorithms to determine what to sell you and for how much and what financial opportunities to offer you. Today at 10am, I join an FTC workshop on Alternative Scoring Products to debate the transparency and fairness of the system with privacy and technology experts from industry, academia and the public interest. You can attend or watch online.
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We've Seen the Future of Digital Technology, and It Looks Like...Dublin | ZY

We've Seen the Future of Digital Technology, and It Looks Like...Dublin | ZY | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Is this city the world's next digital hub?

 

Smart cities are the talk of all towns these days. Whether defined by ubiquitous sensors, high-speed Internet or smart transportation, every city from Seoul to Helsinki is teching up and boasting about it.

 

Now Dublin, from way behind, is angling to jump to the head of the pack. ...

 
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FBI opens malware tool to public as part of radical crowdsourcing plan | Tech World

FBI opens malware tool to public as part of radical crowdsourcing plan | Tech World | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
The FBI is close to allowing anonymous outsiders to use its Malware Investigator tool for the first time through a dedicated crowdsourcing portal, an official reportedly confirmed at last week’s Virus Bulletin conference.
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Open data for cities: Leeds shows us how it's done | Open Data Institute

Open data for cities: Leeds shows us how it's done | Open Data Institute | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

With the support of Leeds City Council, and the Open Data User Group, Mark worked to develop a platform that used open source technologies (CKAN) but added a layer of design and development enhancements to customise it for a Leeds audience. And with that, Leeds Data Mill was born....

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In Europe, Taking Smart Cities to the People - Urban Land Magazine

In Europe, Taking Smart Cities to the People - Urban Land Magazine | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Data from “Smart Citizen” trials can guide government decisions on carbon, resources, planning, and resilience.

 

The world’s first truly “smart city” may not yet exist, but for U.K. digital innovation lab FutureEverything, the concept is already ripe for reinvention.

 

Much like the technology that has allowed policy makers to envision the urban environment as better planned, more efficient, and intelligent, the definition of what smart city actually means is undergoing rapid change. And Drew Hemment, chief executive officer of FutureEverything, a nonprofit creative community-interest company based in Manchester, England, is just one of the digital innovators helping European cities understand the implications. ...

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Fàtima Galan's curator insight, September 29, 2014 2:59 AM

" Manchester is now the third European city after Barcelona and Amsterdam to try the Smart Citizen project. It is a grass-roots digital initiative that provides decentralized open-data platforms and tools—available to anyone—to record their real-time interactions with their surroundings and provide critical data sets that will help define urban needs."

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Chicago is defining how US cities employ big data - diginomica

Chicago is defining how US cities employ big data - diginomica | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Chicago is building a big data infrastructure designed to improve citizens life.

 

Chicago is by far the largest American city to announce plans aimed at exploiting the benefits of big data.  Although in pilot phase today on Michigan Avenue, the city plans to install hundreds of sensors around the city to record detailed information about weather, light, sound and smartphone usage in a project dubbed the ‘Array of Things.’ ...

 

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Qatar Is Building A $45 Billion City From Scratch | Business Insider

Qatar Is Building A $45 Billion City From Scratch | Business Insider | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Lusail City is under construction north of Doha. It's meant to be a symbol of Qatari progress.

 

As of now, Qatar will host the World Cup in 2022. It will almost certainly take place in winter. The final will be held at the not-yet-built Lusail Iconic Stadium in the not-yet-built city of Lusail — a massive planned community set to be completed by 2020 at a cost of an estimated $45 billion.

 

The most recent Lusail City master plan calls for two golf courses, a theme park, a lagoon, and two marinas. There will be 19 different districts and 22 different hotels in the 38-square-mile city. Pneumatic tubes will transport trash to a central location for processing. Residents can live in waterfront villas or garden villas or towering skyscrapers. There will eventually enough housing to accomodate 450,000 people, the developer claims —  nearly 200,000 more than the number of citizens in the country....

 
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How the big-data revolution can help design ideal cities | Globe and Mail

How the big-data revolution can help design ideal cities | Globe and Mail | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

There are sensors everywhere collecting data, unnoticed. Data on how you move through space – on foot, on bike, in a car, in public transit. How much water and electricity you use, and when; how much garbage you produce and where it goes. Data on things we haven’t yet imagined. And these reams and reams of information will allow us to not only understand the city better but improve it. This is the future of the city. ...

 

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What makes a city a city - and does it really matter anyway? | Guardian

What makes a city a city - and does it really matter anyway? | Guardian | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
In this dizzying world of tech cities, garden cities and smart cities, perhaps it's time to redefine what it means to be a city at all
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India’s new government is spending £700m on new smart cities | CityMetric

India’s new government is spending £700m on new smart cities | CityMetric | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
With 857m people still living in its countryside, India is currently home to the largest rural population in the world. But that is, gradually, changing. At the moment, less than a third of India’s population live in an urban area; by the middle of the century, the UN projects, it’ll be more than half.
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Esri to support 100 smart cities project in India - Climate Action Programme

Esri to support 100 smart cities project in India - Climate Action Programme | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
International Geographic Information System supplier set to play be big role in Narendra Modi’s US$1.13 billion smart cities plan
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Dutch IT contractor lays out the case for spying on everyone's wearables, always | BoingBoing

Dutch IT contractor lays out the case for spying on everyone's wearables, always | BoingBoing | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
A promo video from Pinkroccade, a prominent IT contractor to Dutch local governments, makes the case for spying on wearables (if your heart-rate rises because you're about to be mugged, the police could be alerted, and get GPS from your phone, find nearby phones belonging to people with criminal records, check the view from your Google Glass, and respond -- case closed).
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History: the key to decoding big data | THE

History: the key to decoding big data | THE | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

The academic discipline is invaluable in detecting and debunking myths about the past and future, say Jo Guldi and David Armitage.

 

Historians once told arching stories of scale. From Gibbon, Mommsen and Fustel de Coulanges on the rise and fall of empires to Macaulay and Michelet on the making of modern nations and Mumford and Schlesinger on modern cities, historians dealt with long-term visions of the past over centuries or even millennia.

 

Nearly 40 years ago, however, this stopped. From about 1975, many (if not most) historians began conducting their studies on much shorter timescales, usually between five and 50 years. This compression can be illustrated bluntly by the average number of years covered by doctoral dissertations in history in the US. In 1900, the period was about 75 years; by 1975, it was closer to 30. Command of archives, total control of a ballooning historiography and an imperative to reconstruct and analyse in ever-finer detail had become the hallmarks of historical professionalism, and grand narratives became increasingly frowned upon. ....

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Dilbert’s 20 funniest cartoons on Big Data « Big Data Made Simple

Dilbert’s 20 funniest cartoons on Big Data « Big Data Made Simple | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Here is a collection of Dilbert's 20 funniest cartoons on Big Data, data mining, data privacy, data security, data accuracy etc... 1. Big Data knows everything 2. Data security preparedness 3. Result vs Reality 4. Data strategy 5. Data policy 6. Better be safe than sorry 7. Never mess with
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Is Your City Ready to Join the Internet of Things? (Op-Ed) | Livescience

Is Your City Ready to Join the Internet of Things? (Op-Ed) | Livescience | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Urban planners must start creating tomorrow's connected cities now.

 

The so-called Internet of Things has passed from future-world fantasy to present-day reality, showing up on fridges, cars and even people. Clip-on fitness monitors like FitBit, Jawbone and Cityzen's sensor-embedded fabrics give average citizens an easy way to monitor their health and share progress with friends or even track their favorite pro athlete.

 

The health of our cities shows similar potential. Urban planners are recognizing a growing list of ingenious ways to put connected devices to work to ease life in urban centers, especially as the world's cities continue to expand. ...

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Are India’s ‘Smart Cities’ a Smart Move? | The Diplomat

Are India’s ‘Smart Cities’ a Smart Move? | The Diplomat | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Modi’s plans for hyper-urbanization must answer some tough questions.
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New paper: "Collect it all: National Security, Big data and Governance" by Jeremy Crampton

This paper is a case study of complications of Big Data. The case study draws from the US intelligence community (IC), but the issues are applicable on a wide scale to Big Data. There are two ways Big Data are making a big impact: a reconceptualization of (geo)privacy, and “algorithmic security.” Geoprivacy is revealed as a geopolitical assemblage rather than something possessed and is part of emerging political economy of technology and neoliberal markets. Security has become increasingly algorithmic and biometric, enrolling Big Data to disambiguate the biopolitical subject. Geoweb and remote sensing technologies, companies, and knowledges are imbricated in this assemblage of algorithmic security. I conclude with three spaces of intervention; new critical histories of the geoweb that trace the relationship of geography and the state; a fuller political economy of the geoweb and its circulations of geographical knowledge; and legislative and encryption efforts that enable the geographic community to participate in public debate.

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'Big Ideas' for transit: subway beacons, data stories, smart helmets | Capital New York

'Big Ideas' for transit: subway beacons, data stories, smart helmets | Capital New York | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
What if subway passengers agreed to let the MTA know where they were in the system using their cell phones?
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Tomorrow's cities: Why is that lamp-post watching me? BBC

Tomorrow's cities: Why is that lamp-post watching me?  BBC | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Cities are increasingly gathering data from a range of unusual sources as the cost of chip technology falls and data-gathering sensors can be fitted on pretty much anything, from bridges to sewers, streetlights to bins.

 

And in Glasgow the city council is looking to upgrade its streetlights to more energy-efficient LED lights - likely to make up to 50% savings on one of the city's largest bills.

But Glasgow wants to go further and has programmed them to increase in brightness if noise levels rise - for example if there is a disturbance in the area.

 

The pilot project will be integrated with the newly built City Operations Centre, where CCTV cameras from across the city are monitored and staff can zoom in on any problems.

 

A nifty way to solve crime, some would say, but for others a privacy nightmare....

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More noise, more light to surveillance! 

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This Danish Neighborhood Is A Giant Experiment For Smart Cities | co.Exist

This Danish Neighborhood Is A Giant Experiment For Smart Cities | co.Exist | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
In a suburb of Copenhagen, every lamp post has its own IP address.
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Big Data Privacy is About You, Me, Them, and Us | SmartData Collective

Big Data Privacy is About You, Me, Them, and Us | SmartData Collective | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Today, we live in an always-on digital world. We work online. We socialize online. We shop online. We bank online. We support causes online. Not to mention, we drive on toll roads with our EZPasses, go to Disney World with our MagicBands, and check our personal stats with our Fitbits. We are living in a big data world.
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Cisco Smart City sets blueprint for future communities in India | Infotech

Cisco Smart City sets blueprint for future communities in India | Infotech | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Cisco has unveiled ‘Cisco Smart City’ as a blueprint for the future of smart and connected communities in India.

 

The initiative is the outcome of Cisco’s collaboration with the Government of India on the Digital India initiative.

 

Cisco Smart City symbolizes what the digitization of a country means for the future of work, education, healthcare and the electronic delivery of citizen services, Cisco said.

 

The Internet of Everything (IoE)-powered Globalization Centre East campus in Bangalore demonstrates how citizens can live, work, play and learn in a Digital India....

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