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The Mayors Challenge: Sparking Government Innovation In European Cities

<i>In an interview with James Anderson (@jmsndrsn), head of government-innovation at Bloomberg Philanthropies, we discussed their 2013-2014 Mayors Challenge—a competition to inspire European cities to come up with bold ideas that solve major problems and improve city life – and can ultimately spread</i> …

Teju Cole Writes A Story A Tweet At A Time

<b>Listen · 9:38</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>Teju Cole's novel <i>Open City</i> may have won him critical acclaim and many fans, but that doesn't mean he can stop thinking about how to connect with his readers. "I actually do have to work hard for whatever attention my work gets," Cole tells NPR's …

Analyst Report: Smart cities: Opportunities for startups

The global urban population will grow from 3.5 billion to 5 billion within the next two decades. This rapid increase in population coupled with …

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European researchers have created a hive mind for robots and it's being demoed this week

RoboEarth isn't as sinister as it sounds. It's not a special interest group advocating for a new world order with robots at its core -- not yet, anyway. The project, which is backed by the European Union and brings together researchers from universities in Germany, the Netherlands and Spain, is …

Internet balloons take to the sky

<b>* Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation.</b><p>It is one thing to say the internet can broaden …

Internet Archive’s virtual reading room empowers data mining on a societal scale

<i>Knight Foundation supports the Internet Archive to improve the world’s access to a vast trove of information. Below,</i> <i>Roger Macdonald</i><i>, director of the</i> …

Obama to unveil surveillance plans

President Barack Obama will give a speech Friday, Jan. 17, laying out his plans for reforms to U.S. surveillance practices, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney announced.<p>Carney did not give a time or location for the address, which is expected to detail the administration’s response to various …

Big Brother is watching you e-read Mein Kampf

The 20th century's favourite dictator is still making a splash in the 21st, with Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf riding high in political science charts on the Kindle store. According to the author Chris Faraone it's because – like EL James's porn hit Fifty Shades of Grey – "clandestine" readers are …