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Web review - 26/09/2014

Big data sharing will be the fuel of smart cities

As the participants of the Forum d’Avignon@Paris session consecrated to Smart Cities, on September the 19th insisted on, only a big data sharing between stakeholders from a same urban ecosystem can resist to Net giants. An active data sharing will enable us to cross a step, centred on citizen needs and their interactions with the city. We must act today to gather stakeholders while being aware to preserve fundamental liberties.

The future smart city will be built around you and the internet of you

The current model of a Smart City as an extended Internet of things is inadequate. It leaves out the most critical component—you, the digital citizen. You are not just a thing, but the reason the system exists. There can be no useful vision of a city, smart or otherwise, that doesn’t place you at its centre.

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Smart City : The feelings cartography to help urban policies

By putting accurate sensors to catch city-dweller concretes interactions with theirs cities, urban policies will be able to deal with stress felt by an individual. This is the announcement for a new step in citizen appropriation of their urbanism thanks to concentration of numerous, geo-localised and dynamic data.

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Crowdsourcing as a tool for Millennial civic engagement in America’s cities 

American cities are on the rise. Their resurgence is about building a strong sense of community around smart planning and innovative ideas, like using crowdsourcing as an urban improvement tool. Indeed, crowdsourcing should be used not just to raise funds for future needs but also to learn where and how government resources should best be used.

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Internet of Things : Data stream is surrounding cities

After information technology has upset lives of city-dwellers, it is seizing city settings. Nowadays, every big cities around the globe seems to be a potential gold mine for high-tech operators, where all the infrastructures could be digitalised, be in contact with their counterparts and be available for citizens as decision-makers for a tremendous amount of information.

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Tomorrow's cities - the lamp-posts watching every move.

Imagine an app aimed at showing thieves the best places for stealing. It's actually not hard to do - simply pull together publicly available data on disposable income, crime levels and problems reported in a district. The app not only exists but it won first prize in the "safety" category at an Amsterdam hackathon a few years back. But luckily for the citizens and police of Amsterdam the app never went into public use. But what if this kind of app is ever released?

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Photo credit: Jordi Escuer