In Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers and the Quest for a New Utopia, urbanist and technology expert Anthony Townsend takes a broad historical look at the forces that have shaped the planning and design of cities and information technologies from the rise of the great industrial cities of the nineteenth century to the present. As a new generation of technology barons, entrepreneurs, mayors, and civic coders try to shape our future, Smart Cities explores their motivations, aspirations, and shortcomings, offering a new civics for building communities: together, one click at a time.
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IBM has created a platform aiming to gather insights and smart ideas that can drive the betterment of cities. “People for Smarter Cities’” online community enables visitors to share insights and express opinions with a globally distributed group of city officials, researchers, academics and citizens.
The Digital Masterplan for Dublin is designed to be a roadmap that will help city shape its digital future. It is designed with an inherent flexibility to allow Dublin to change direction, constantly rethinking the journey towards the ultimate Digital City. It sets out a framework for action that can help city leaders prioritise the use of scarce resources.
Tuomo Tuikka and Mari Ervasti published a foresight report on Crowd-based Services for Digital Cities. The report aims to identify trends, challenges, and recommendations in the field of Crowd-based Services for Digital Cities of the Future. This foresight will help expose future themes with high innovation
“Disruptive technologies: Advances that will transform life, business, and the global economy”, a report from the McKinsey Global Institute, cuts through the noise and identifies 12 technologies that could drive truly massive economic transformations and disruptions in the coming years.
Code for Sacramento is network of civic-minded volunteers who contribute their skills toward using the web as a platform for local government and community service. On 31/5 and 1/6, coders, designers, and civic enthusiasts descended on Sacramento for a National Day of Civic Hacking event. The video contains interviews with organizers and participants talking about how civic hacking helps our cities.