Noteworthy Information
How weaponizing disinformation can bring down a city’s power grid

Social media has made it possible to manipulate the masses via disinformation and fake news at an unprecedented scale. This is particularly alarming from a security perspective, as humans have proven to be one of the weakest links when protecting critical infrastructure in general, and the power grid in particular.

Data produced by Helsinki is world’s most usable and used city data by 2025

The objective of Helsinki is to enhance the utilisation of data and analytics, in order to be able to produce individual and tailored services for the residents.

Espoo’s use of data gets a boost from the government

The Ministry of Finance has granted Helsinki, Espoo, Turku and Oulu slightly over EUR 2 million as funding for MyData projects. Espoo’s share of the funding is EUR 150,000. The aim is to improve the cities’ technical capabilities, enabling them to use residents’ data while ensuring the protection of individuals and data security. Residents’ data refers to data that is collected from the residents through the city’s systems as the residents use the city’s services.

People First: A Vision for the Global Urban Age

The People-first vision is a new perspective to how cities can govern and benefit from digital technologies in the global urban age, by developing people’s rights and technologies in harmony.

Book: The Smart Enough City

Why technology is not an end in itself, and how cities can be “smart enough,” using technology to promote democracy and equity.

Conscious Cities - The Hague Track for Odyssey 2020 Hackathon (Video: 2min)

This is an interesting opportunity for anyone building privacy-by-design solutions for city problems. Apply until Feb 24th, 2020

Declaration from Living-in.eu

Declaration on joining forces to boost sustainable digital transformation in cities and communities in the EU: We, decision makers at all levels of government together with organisations and networks of cities and communities of all sizes1, believe that strong cooperation through multi-level governance in the EU and co-creation with citizens are key to our mission of turning our cities and communities into smart and sustainable places where people enjoy living and working.

MyData in the Smart City

The question is not whether a human-centric smart city can be built. The question is whether the citizen will be put at the center of their own data to make a wise city.

From smart to rebel city? Worlding, provincialising and the Barcelona Model

This article examines the evolution of the ‘Barcelona Model’ of urban transformation through the lenses of worlding and provincialising urbanism. We trace this evolution from an especially dogmatic worlding vision of the smart city, under a centre-right city council, to its radical repurposing under the auspices of a municipal government led, after May 2015, by the citizens’ platform Barcelona en Comú.

Smart City or Surveillance City?

“Toronto Sidewalk Labs mini-version” in NYC: The country’s largest development has officially arrived, but so too has the debate over Related’s plans for user data.

SMART CITY: Privacy (Video: 1:16min)

Google's sister company Sidewalk is proposing a large urban development project in Toronto - without any prior development experience. Privacy, privatization and governance concerns are worrying residents and government alike, despite a massive two-year lobbying campaign by Google. Ambiguous language in the proposal suggests that public spaces may not be so public, and that some of the most valuable land in North America may be handed over at a discount to one of the world's richest companies.

Open & Agile Smart Cities

You should check with the people of https://oascities.org/ and the Synchronicity project. I think they've done a lot of research and gained a lot of experience on data collection in the public domain and making sure it is inline with the European GDPR regulation on privacy.


Questions Asked
US vs Europe: Difference in City Data use?

I met the Communication Officer for UN Technology Innovation Lab Finland, Dorn Townsend, who is planning to write a story to New York Times and World Economic Forum and he asks: “... I’m trying to understand why North American cities use aggregated social data for city planning whereas it hasn’t caught on so much here, and was wondering if it’s because of the new digital privacy laws ... If you have any articles you'd recommend I’d be grateful.”

PublicCode.net

Does anybody of you know more of publiccode.net's work?

Looking for case studies of data governance models

OpenNorth is currently leading a research project that is undertaking research on behalf of the City of Toronto, in the context of its increasing use of data and 'smart city' technologies in service delivery as well as outside proposals for future projects, including the Quayside project of Waterfront Toronto, working with Sidewalk Labs. We would appreciate your help in finding useful and informative case studies of data governance models from around the world.