Nick Williamson

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Barcelona is leading the fightback against smart city surveillance

In 2015 Ada Colau, an activist with no experience in government, became mayor of Barcelona. She called for a democratic revolution, and for the last …

Smart Cities

The Case for a Data-Driven Approach to Tackle Homelessness | Civicist

Homeless teen, New York City (Photo Robert Scifo<p>Cities across the globe are finding innovative ways to apply smart technologies to help improve the …

Homelessness

This SimCity-Like Tool Lets Urban Planners See The Potential Impact Of Their Ideas

UrbanFootprint makes it easy to run simulations to see how a new plan might change traffic and commute times, the ability of kids to walk to school, access to jobs, energy use, the local economy, health, and carbon emissions.<p>When a state senator in California proposed a bill that would require …

Urban Design

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 …

Guest Post: He aha te mea nui o te ao

<i>This is a guest post from Bridget Burdett. She is a principal researcher at TDG (now part of Stantec). She has a Bachelor of Engineering and Masters</i> …

City Politics

LabPlus: Better Rules for Government Discovery Report

By Nadia Webster on 6 Apr 2018<p>Summary<p>In the Service Innovation Lab, we’re constantly identifying reusable components that could improve the user …

Surveillance

Neglecting the machinery of government is a choice

Working at the intersection of government and tech, I have a thousand criticisms of government’s risk aversion and slowness to adapt, and am maniacal …

Vancouver Chose CitizenLab for its Smart City Strategy

<b>The cities of Vancouver and Surrey, in Canada, are partnering together to submit a joint application for the Infrastructure Canada Smart Cities</b> …

What Counts as 'Real' City Planning?

The traditional canon of urban planning excludes people and practices that could greatly benefit it—and society. That needs to change.<p>In <i>Cities of Tomorrow</i>, a textbook commonly used to teach the history of urban planning, Peter Hall espoused the contributions of Ebenezer Howard, Le Corbusier, and …

Urbanism

The Data Value Chain: Moving from Production to Impact

<b>Moving from Production to Impact</b><p><b>Prepared for Data2X by Open Data Watch</b><p>The data value chain describes the evolution of data from collection to …

World Economy

Making transit, walking, and cycling "delightful" in Canada's most car-dependent city

While officially known as the “City in the Country”, Abbotsford’s sprawling 389 km2 (150 m2) is, in fact, a historical amalgamation of three separate …

Principles

LabPlus: The value of open data infrastructure for service delivery

By Pia Andrews on 26 Mar 2018<p>TL;DR<p>The Service Innovation Lab team work in a cross agency and user centred way to co-design and co-deliver better …

Become a parking savant with Sidewalk Labs’ new curb visualization tool

Alphabet’s smart city spinoff has mapped all of San Francisco’s parking rules<p>Urban curbsides have traditionally been allocated based on real estate: parking meters in front of shops, loading zones near supermarkets, no-parking areas at warehouses, unmetered parking in residential areas, and so on. …

Smart Cities

Smart Cities Need Smart People

A summary of Code for Canada and Evergreen Canada’s discussion paper on smart cities<p>The Code for Canada team is pretty fortunate. In the past year, …

Play Everywhere Playbook

When we design with kids in mind, everyone benefits<p>Our cities' futures are inextricably tied to the success of our kids. Unfortunately, we are in …

Publishing with Purpose

Introducing our 2018 strategy<p>By Ania Calderon<p>The Open Data Charter’s core principle, that governments should be “open by default” is an …

Bridging the gap

A vision for the future of open data<p>by Ania Calderon<p>The Open Data Charter Principles were set by governments and civil society as part of a global …

German Cities To Trial Ambitious Free Public Transport Plans

In a bid to cut air pollution and make cities more livable.<p>The university city of Tübingen, in southwest Germany, is testing free public transportation for all residents. Two weeks ago, the city began a two-year pilot project using its own funds to provide free rides on Saturdays.<p>For seven years, …

Smart Cities

How 'Maintainers,' Not 'Innovators,' Make the World Turn

We need more stories about the labor that sustains society, a group of scholars say.<p>New technologies and their inventors are often celebrated as society’s heroes. Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Larry Page: These are all contemporary “innovators” whose “visionary ideas” and “creative leaps” led …

Innovation

The verdict is in: AI outperforms human lawyers in reviewing legal documents

AI v. Human Lawyers<p>It’s hard to ignore the ways artificial intelligence (AI) has already bested humans, from making incredibly convincing internet …

The Suburban Golf Course, Reconsidered For The Age Of Climate Change

How a community of civic-minded Texans filed a lawsuit to halt real-estate development on a golf course, then took action to transform it into a 200-acre, flood-resistant conservancy.<p>Less than four years ago, the golf course at the center of Clear Lake City, Texas, looked like any other suburban …

Webinar Recording: Four Digital Trends the Public Sector Needs to Know About for 2018

This year Digital Transformation will continue to lead the agenda, while departments and councils wind down big ICT contracts and re-exert control …

Webinars

These Future Doctors Are Learning How to Influence Urban Design

Dr. Bon Ku, like many Americans, grew up without health insurance. The son of Korean immigrants who bounced from Chicago to Houston before landing in …

Cities

How to Make Civic Data Work for You

Good data is being used to make better participatory budgeting (PB). In Greensboro, they’ve used the previous cycle’s data to set goals and to figure …

Budgeting

Section 508 Gets an Update: New Web Accessibility Guidelines for Government Sites Take Effect in January

Updates for Section 508 accessibility legislation go into effect in January, creating new specifications for how federal agencies must make websites …

Government Technology

"Urban Toys" Designed to Reactivate Underused Public Spaces in Mexico City

<b>How can play areas in cities open up new ways to interact with and experience space?</b><p>This was the question that prompted Mexico City's Laboratorio …

Mexico City

Town in Iceland Paints 3D Zebra Crosswalk To Slow Down Speeding Cars

In the small fishing town of Ísafjörður, Iceland, an exciting development in road safety has just popped up – almost literally. A new pedestrian …

Road Safety

The Crosswalk Of The Future Moves And Changes To Prioritize Pedestrians

The Starling Crossing is designed to reshape streets by responding in real time to pedestrian movements.<p>If you step on the curb on this street of the future, a pedestrian crossing will automatically appear in front of you when it’s safe to cross. If a crowd wants to cross simultaneously, the …

In Jakarta, solving problems with new tech tools and people power

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Jakarta often appears in photographs as a teeming metropolis awash with honking motor bikes, buses and cars snarled in traffic. …

Urbanism