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Why Cities Are So Bad at Cybersecurity

Government systems are under near-constant attack from hackers, surveys show, but officials don’t know who’s attacking them or how to respond.<p>Within the past few weeks, two large American cities learned that their information systems were hacked. First, Atlanta revealed that it had been the victim …

What is Civic Service Design? – Civic Service Design Tools + Tactics

“Service design” refers to the practice of creating, better understanding, and improving upon programs at any stage; we use “civic service design” to …

Companies behind breached system handle most N.S. permits and licences

The two companies at the centre of a serious breach of provincial government information are also responsible for the computer system that handles …

Monetizing Smart Cities: Framing the Debate

Key Points<p>A high-stakes debate is under way in Canada about who will control and profit from smart city data.<br>• The value of this data has increased …

Innovation

What Quayside has taught us about smart cities and data governance

Toronto’s proposed Quayside community was supposed to be a brag-worthy global showcase for what a smart city, “built from the internet up,” would …

Smart Cities

Itron: The Science of Communicating Down a Manhole When It Floods

By<p>Updated March 14, 2018 6:35 p.m. ET<p><b>Can a 41-year-old supplier to utilities transform in an age of 5G and the Internet of Things?</b><p>Perhaps it can, if …

A Look at the Future of 5G-Powered Smart Cities

What will cities of the near future look like when buildings, cars, people and a whole slew of other things can communicate with each other?<p>Earlier …

Advertising Industry

Using open data for public services

<i>By Ed Parkes and Mandy Costello</i><p>The ODI has conducted research into public services and the role open data plays in making them better and more …

Politics is Keeping Our Cities Dumb While the Rest of the World Gets Smarter

<i>Latest interesting insights from Marc R Gagné MAPP ? Senior Privacy Advocate, CyberSecurity and Director @ Gagne Legal, Director</i><p>Here in North …

The Shadowy Side of LED Streetlights

As LED streetlights proliferate, they come with the promise of more efficient smart city service. But they also raise new opportunities for surveillance.<p>Blinking down at passersby in traffic intersections and lining dark alleys, sleek, energy-efficient LED streetlights have begun to replace …

Are Open Data Efforts Working?

Since about 2010, state and local governments have poured time, money and resources into publishing data sets and building portals to facilitate …

Want to build the city of the future? Here's your chance

Imagine an app that updates the locations of apartments for rent in real time, or intelligent street lights that only turn green when cars are …

Optimising the smart office: A marriage of technology and people

As employees become increasingly 'plugged in' to their workspaces and interact with AI-driven systems as part of their jobs, businesses need to …

Employee Engagement

LORINC: Sidewalk Labs launches its dog and pony show

Beginning this week, Torontonians will start to hear a lot more from Sidewalk Labs Toronto as the company, a subsidiary of Google/Alphabet, embarks …

Urban Design

Stratford, Ontario moves forward with smart parking pilot project

Ontario’s City of Stratford has announced that it is moving forward on a joint pilot project with eleven-x, FoxNet and Canada’s Open Data Exchange …

Smart Cities

How modernizing the commuter experience is at the heart of Toronto’s transit strategy.

How BAI Communications are keeping passengers connected whilst on its transit network and creating the heart of Toronto's digital growth.

Google’s Guinea-Pig City

Will Toronto turn its residents into Alphabet’s experiment? The answer has implications for cities everywhere.<p>Quayside is a nondescript, 12-acre chunk of land on the southern edge of Toronto’s downtown. It’s just three miles from my apartment, but getting there takes almost an hour by subway, bus, …

Stop Saying 'Smart Cities'

Digital stardust won’t magically make future cities more affordable or resilient.<p>The term “smart city” is interesting yet not important, because nobody defines it. “Smart” is a snazzy political label used by a modern alliance of leftist urbanites and tech industrialists. To deem yourself “smart” is …

Smart Cities

National Parks Need to Use IoT Like Smart Cities, Report Urges

The new report calls for the likes of ranger-alerting monitors and smart trash cans.<p>Technology has led to smartphones, smart cities and even smart …

National Parks

Canadian municipalities need to be an 'infrastructure partner' for better 5G deployment, says Rogers executive

Canada’s success in the race to 5G depends on municipal regulators and lawmakers working alongside industry, according to a Rogers regulatory …

Canada

Bell partners with City of Kingston, Ontario for Smart City program

Bell has announced a partnership with the city of Kingston, Ontario to leverage Bell’s Smart City platform to offer a series of connected Internet of …

Smart Cities

In San Diego, a lamppost can tell you where to park

On a quiet street corner in downtown San Diego stands a lamppost that doesn't look particularly smart. But watching and listening from it — in …

Columbus Issues RFP for the Operating System to Run its Smart City Systems

<i>Editor's note: This story has been updated to correct the timing and amount of the Smart City Challenge grant.</i>The brains behind any great device or …

Alphabet Inc. Wants to Optimize Cities for the Future

Coord could be the technological nerve center that changes how cities understand and manage their transportation assets<p>There are plenty of urban planning projects that aim to modernize transportation in cities around the globe. But the proliferation of bike-sharing, ride-hailing, and smart parking …

These 9 Cities Are Certified Government Data Pioneers

Bloomberg Philanthropies has lauded a handful of local governments for their policies on collecting data about how their cities function–and making policies based on that data.<p>Los Angeles’s citywide cleanup in 2016 started with reconnaissance, not immediate trash removal. Before any junk heaps, …

Urban Design

Blockchain’s Broken Promises

Boosters of blockchain technology compare its early days to the early days of the Internet. But whereas the Internet quickly gave rise to email, the …

Building Smarter Cities

Published On: May 16, 2018<p>In the region’s remote First Nations more than 80 per cent of five year olds have tooth decay — but a new program aims to …

The Missing Link for Digital Transformation Success? People

For fun, I typed “digital transformation” into Google and scoured a few of the 58 million results. It didn’t take long before I noticed a pattern: …

Blazing a digital trail in government: The GovCX Awards

• How can governments embrace the digital opportunity? @gerdschenkel offers up some suggestions<br>• The GovCX Awards aim to identify and salute the best in …

Smart City Procurement As Open Data in Pittsburgh

Procurement is the process city governments undertake to effectively and fairly purchase goods and services. For large procurements, cities often …