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Can Smart Cities Empower Their Citizens?

Can Smart Cities Empower Their Citizens?

Over the past few years, the idea of smart cities has come into vogue.  Usually this refers to city governments using information technology (i.e., some form of digital surveillance) to manage infrastructure more efficiently.   Planetizen recently highlighted a post by Mike Clay of Wodehouse that puts a slightly different spin on the technology: . . […]

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Crowdsourcing Civilian Uses of Defense Technology

Crowdsourcing Civilian Uses of Defense Technology

Springwise reports on the British company Marblar’s efforts to use crowdsourcing to convert defense technologies for civilian uses: Considering the vast sums of money the British military puts into research and development to create new equipment for its armed forces, it makes sense that some of these may have applications elsewhere – take GPS as […]

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Technology, Cities and MOOCs

Technology, Cities and MOOCs

In this one post, we get to cover three topics that interest us most:  technological innovation, urbanism and MOOCs (massive open online courses).  Ohio State professor of city and regional planning Jennifer Evans-Connelly reports on her experience teaching a course on technology and the city as a MOOC: With 21,225 people from across the globe […]

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Crowdsourcing Locally Grown Produce

Crowdsourcing Locally Grown Produce

According to Springwise, a Danish supermarket is the latest to try this: Supermarkets are convenient, but often source their products from multinational companies and farms in distant locations, racking up carbon emissions and squeezing out local competition along the way. Danish co-operative grocery superstore SuperBrugsen now aims to offer a popular alternative by getting customers […]

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Finland Crowdfunds Community Projects through Brickstarter

Finland Crowdfunds Community Projects through Brickstarter

We’ve run a few posts on crowdfunding in the public sector.  Springwise has a story on its use in Finland: Conceived in Finland, Brickstarter encourages citizens to take civic projects into their own hands, rather than waiting for governments to pick them up. Like the site it is modelled and named after, Brickstarter invites anyone […]

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Five Ways Governments Can Use Crowdsourcing

Five Ways Governments Can Use Crowdsourcing

Two consultants from DeLoitte’s government practice have some thoughts about how government can tap into the potential for crowdsourcing: Turning to large groups of people to solve problems, make decisions, and generate ideas in a decentralized way is not a new concept. However, advances in technology and societal changes have made the process of tapping […]

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