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How is the city translated into software and data, and how does software reshape the city?
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What Happens to #Ferguson Affects Ferguson:

What Happens to #Ferguson Affects Ferguson: | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Ferguson is about many things, starting first with race and policing in America.

 

But it’s also about internet, net neutrality and algorithmic filtering.

It’s a clear example of why “saving the Internet”, as it often phrased, is not an abstract issue of concern only to nerds, Silicon Valley bosses, and few NGOs. It’s why “algorithmic filtering” is not a vague concern.

 

It’s a clear example why net neutrality is a human rights issue; a free speech issue; and an issue of the voiceless being heard, on their own terms. ...

 

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The Big Lie Behind the Biggest Data Breaches | Huffington Post

The Big Lie Behind the Biggest Data Breaches | Huffington Post | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Enough with the data breach excuses already. Not only are they as jaded as the breaches themselves, they're often just not true. In the aftermath of almost every data breach, chances are you're only going to get a boilerplate public statement....
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The internet of things is setting up the ultimate culture clash | Gigaom

The internet of things is setting up the ultimate culture clash | Gigaom | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
How a company builds a business model, or even products for the internet of things, depends on which side of the cultural divide they are coming from — old-line or the digital economy
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Open data's Achilles heel: re-identification | ZDNet

Open data's Achilles heel: re-identification | ZDNet | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Privacy czar floats possibility of making re-identification of anonymised data illegal.  

 

Governments around the globe are embracing the mantra of open data and talking up its productivity benefits, but none have so far made the re-identification of this mass of anonymised data illegal.

 

That's possibly because the risks of re-identification in a world of multiple open sets of anonymised data are still energetically debated. ...

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Weapons of math destruction and the ethics of Big Data | EGTheory

One of the important lessons I’ve learnt is that models and algorithms are not neutral, and come with important ethical considerations that we as computer scientists, physics, and mathematicians are often ill-equipped to see. For exploring the consequences of this in the context of the ever-present ‘big data’, Cathy O’Neil’s blog and alter ego mathbabe has been extremely important. This morning I had the opportunity to meet Cathy for coffee near her secret lair on the edge of Lower Manhattan. ...

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The Need for Big Privacy in a World of Surveillance and Big Data - The Science and Information (SAI) Blog

The Need for Big Privacy in a World of Surveillance and Big Data - The Science and Information (SAI) Blog | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Last week, Ann Cavoukian opened Science and Information Conference 2014 with her significant keynote “The Need for Big Privacy in a World of Surveillance and Big Data” Advent of the Web 2.0 has caused social profiling and is a growing concern for privacy. The revelations of Edward Snowden regarding the NSA have created a firestorm …
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Smarter Education: The Rise of Big Data in the Classroom | Mashable

Smarter Education: The Rise of Big Data in the Classroom | Mashable | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Will big data be the catalyst that pushes American schools into the 21st century?

 

You've heard it before, and you'll hear it again: The education system is failing. According to the Associated Press, about 1,700 schools nationwide can be deemed "dropout factories," which essentially means their senior class has 60% or less of the students who started there as freshmen. And every 26 seconds, a student in America drops out of high school, or in other words, 7,000 a day. Let that sink in.

 

It's important not only that we ask ourselves why these schools have lost 40% of their student population, but to acknowledge that we can do better; we have the tools and motivation to fix this. ...

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Critical Theory and the Digital by David Berry

Critical Theory and the Digital by David Berry | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

This Critical Theory and Contemporary Society volume offers an original analysis of the role of the digital in today's society. It rearticulates critical theory by engaging it with the challenges of the digital revolution to show how the digital is changing the ways in which we lead our politics, societies, economies, media, and even private lives. In particular, the work examines how the enlightenment values embedded within the culture and materiality of digital technology can be used to explain the changes that are occurring across society.

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Digital Humanities and Future Archives | Finnish Institute in London

The Finnish Institute in London has released a new report on digital humanities and digital cultural heritage preservation. Digital Humanities and Future Archives, written by Sampo Viiri, draws an argument on how the higher education and the GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives, and museums) organisations could collaborate in digital humanities projects and also promote the development and use of open knowledge. The main focus areas of the survey are history research and archives in the UK and Finland. ...

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India, Japan sign MoU to develop Varanasi into 'smart city' and smart heritage city programme | Economic Times

India, Japan sign MoU to develop Varanasi into 'smart city' and smart heritage city programme | Economic Times | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

KYOTO: Varanasi, which Prime Minister Narendra Modi represents in the Lok Sabha, will be developed into a 'smart city' by using the experience of Kyoto, the 'smart city' of Japan.

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Leading Smart Cities Promote 5P Collaboration | Future Cities

Leading Smart Cities Promote 5P Collaboration | Future Cities | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

The 5P model, which adds professors to the public-private-people mix, is gaining traction in the world's most innovative cities.

 

Many cities have been embracing the open innovation concept to engage citizens in crowdsourcing new ideas and solutions to city challenges. The idea of cities serving as living labs to foster innovation and test it at the city level has emerged in the past decade. The European Network of Living Labs (ENOLL) has more than 300 members from cities in Europe and around the globe. ENOLL has been a big supporter of the idea of 4P -- public-private-people partnerships -- as a model of direct citizen involvement in local innovation systems, through ideas like participatory budgeting, hackathons, and open app competitions.

 

Yet I believe we are starting to see the emergence of an even more robust and interesting collaboration model, which I refer to as the 5P model: Public-private-people-professor partnerships. This new "p" explicitly recognizes the importance of engaging local universities in these emergent open innovation ecosystems in smart cities. ...

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The Data Revolution: Big Data, Open Data, Data Infrastructures and Their Consequences

A book about big data, open data, data infrastructures and their consequences by Rob Kitchin, published by SAGE publications in August 2014.


Traditionally, data have been a scarce commodity which, given their value, have been either jealously guarded or expensively traded.  In recent years, technological developments and political lobbying have turned this position on its head.  Data now flow as a deep and wide torrent, are relatively low in cost and supported by robust infrastructures, and are increasingly open and accessible.  A data revolution is underway, one that is already reshaping how knowledge is produced, business conducted, and governance enacted, as well as raising many questions concerning surveillance, privacy, security, profiling, social sorting, and intellectual property rights.

 

In contrast to the hype and hubris of much media and business coverage, The Data Revolution provides a synoptic and critical analysis of the emerging data landscape. ...

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Building a Saudi smart city from scratch - Click: BBC World Service

Building a Saudi smart city from scratch - Click: BBC World Service | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Radio interview - Building a Saudi smart city from scratch

 

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A dating Site for Algorithms | MIT Technology Review

A dating Site for Algorithms | MIT Technology Review | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
A startup called Algorithmia wants to connect underused algorithms with those who want to make sense of data.
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Is there a creativity deficit in science? | Ars Technica

Is there a creativity deficit in science? | Ars Technica | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Nobel Laureate Richard Feynman once said, "Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts." Today, however, the hundreds of billions of dollars of government funding that supports the world's academic research ecosystem is distributed based almost exclusively on the opinions of senior experts (or ‘peers’). These experts review proposals and seek to find ideas impervious to criticism. Unfortunately, a research idea that is immune to criticism during peer review will, by its very nature, be cautious and take minimal risks. ....

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We Have Never Been Digital | Comms of ACM

We Have Never Been Digital | Comms of ACM | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Reflections on the intersection of computing and the humanities. ... 

This column is inspired by the fashionable concept of the "digital humanities." That will be our destination rather than our starting point, as we look back at the long history of the idea that adoption of computer technology is a revolutionary moment in human history. Along the way we will visit the work of Nicholas Negroponte and Bruno Latour, whose books Being Digital and We Have Never Been Modern I splice to suggest that we have, in fact, never been digital. ...

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The Chicago School of Data | Data-Smart City Solutions

The Chicago School of Data | Data-Smart City Solutions | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
The Chicago School of Data is less of an academic discipline and more of a method for cooperative, data-driven progress united by one key principle—that data, as public good, is one that is at the service of all people, not a select few or special interests.
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Andhra government plans to develop three new mega cities and 14 smart cities | Times of India

Contrasting views on plans to develop three new mega-cities and 14 smart cities in a region in India.

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EQLIM Startup Aims To Surface Geopolitical Big Data In The Middle East | TechCrunch

EQLIM Startup Aims To Surface Geopolitical Big Data In The Middle East | TechCrunch | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

The EQLIM startup, which means ‘region’ or ‘territory’ in Arabic, has launched, aiming to create a subscription service for real-time data about human activity in emerging economies. The Beirut, Lebanon-based startup wants to address the lack of data about the Middle East.  It will look at big data covering geopolitics, infrastructure, and commerce, as well as data cross health, environment, agriculture, and cities. It ams to expand from the MENA region into Africa and Asia. ...

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Government to cut red tape, allow private sector participation in smart cities - The Economic Times

Government to cut red tape, allow private sector participation in smart cities - The Economic Times | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
The government is set to finalise the policy for implementing its ambitious plan to convert 100 existing cities into smart cities.
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Centripetal City // CABINET

Centripetal City // CABINET | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

The explosive growth and diversification of telecommunications in the last three decades have transformed how we exchange information. With old divisions undone, email, telephone, video, sound, and computer data are reduced to their constituent bits and flow over the same networks. Both anarchistic hackers and new-economy boosters proclaim the Internet to be a new kind of space, an electronic parallel universe removed from the physical world. It is tempting, when our telecommunication systems function properly, to get caught up in the rhetoric of libertarians like George Gilder and Alvin Toffler, who praise cyberspace as a leveler of hierarchies and a natural poison to bureaucracies, or to listen to post-Communist radicals as they declare social, digital, and economic frameworks obsolete, and profess their faith in Deleuzean “rhizomatic” networks—multidirectional, highly interconnected meshworks like those created by the roots of plants. It is easy, on a normal day, to believe that the Net exists only as an ether, devoid of corporeal substance. But this vision is at odds with the reality of 19 July 2001. When the physical world intrudes, we confront the fact that modern telecommunications systems are far from rhizomatic, and act instead as centralized products of a long historical evolution. The utopian vision of a network without hierarchies is an illusion—an attractive theory that has never been implemented except as ideology. ...

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Global Cities Race To Be Smart Hubs - Gulf Business

Global Cities Race To Be Smart Hubs - Gulf Business | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
As global migration towards cities grows, Dubai and other urban centres are looking to compete on a new frontier of smart technology.
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Deadly Algorithms: Can legal codes hold software accountable for code that kills? | Radical Philosophy

Deadly Algorithms: Can legal codes hold software accountable for code that kills? | Radical Philosophy | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Algorithms have long adjudicated over vital processes that help to ensure our well-being and survival, from pacemakers that maintain the natural rhythms of the heart, and genetic algorithms that optimise emergency response times by cross-referencing ambulance locations with demographic data, to early warning systems that track approaching storms, detect seismic activity, and even seek to prevent genocide by monitoring ethnic conflict with orbiting satellites. However, algorithms are also increasingly being tasked with instructions to kill: executing coding sequences that quite literally execute. Guided by the Obama presidency’s conviction that the War on Terror can be won by ‘out-computing’ its enemies and pre-empting terrorists’ threats using predictive software, a new generation of deadly algorithms is being designed that will both control and manage the ‘kill-list,’ and along with it decisions to strike. Indeed, the recently terminated practice of ‘signature strikes’, in which ...

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The Dawn Of A New Frontier, Smart Cities | Live Trading News

The Dawn Of A New Frontier, Smart Cities  | Live Trading News | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

As global migration towards cities grows, Dubai and other urban centers are looking to compete on a new frontier of smart technology Urbanisation is happening at an unprecedented pace across the world. An estimated 50% of the world’s inhabitants, or 3.6-B people, now live in cities and this is expected to rise to 60%, or 5-B people by Y 2030, according to management consulting firm McKinsey & Company. Cities are now the main source of global economic growth and productivity, according to the firm, while accounting for the most resource consumption and Greenhouse gas emissions. Rabih Dabboussi, UAE managing director and general manager of technology firm Cisco (NASDAQ:CSCO), goes further in stressing on the changing global competitive landscape, stating that in the future, economic competitiveness is going to be between cities and not nations. But the measures of attractiveness of the past are not the battlefront for the cities ...

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The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism

The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
This is the website for Jeremy Rifkin's book, The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism
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