It is about the abuse of power, and standing up to power: Facebook has been used to undermine elections all across the world, including our own

Cambridge Analytica a year on: ‘a lesson in institutional failure’: One year after she broke the scandal, Carole Cadwalladr talks to whistleblower Christopher Wylie about the fallout for big tech, and the fight to hold the culprits to account.  In March 2018, Wylie showed the Guardian/Observer a cache of documents revealing how CA had engaged a research company to mine the data of …

Smart cities focus on well-being and staff as community builders who help foster trust, harmony and, indeed, happiness

Report, “Smart Cities: A Toolkit for Leaders,” urges city leaders to rethink their roles. They should see themselves not as managers of bureaucracies but as community builders who help foster trust, harmony and, indeed, happiness.  The critical first step is reimagining the role of city leaders. They should see themselves first and foremost as stewards of citizen satisfaction. Once they change …

Electric Utilities Must Stop Illegally Concealing Public Cost Data

The traditional utility model uses its rate payers as cash cows. With the build out of renewable energy, are we going down the same path?”  Approximately one quarter of all utility bills go to paying for infrastructure. As those costs go up, so do our electric bills. Finding ways to deliver zero emissions electricity to end users more economically would go …

Integrating Higher Levels of Renewables: Hawaii’s Interoperable Grid Communications and Next-Gen Grid Planning

DistribuTech Spotlight: Hawaii’s Interoperable Grid Communications and Next-Gen Grid Planning, JEFF ST. JOHN GTM FEBRUARY 08, 2019 HECO picks Landis+Gyr for world’s first Wi-SUN-certified smart grid network and startup Opus One for novel “integrated distribution planning” software. This is a very different kind of advanced metering infrastructure. Distributed energy integration is the watchword for this year’s DistribuTech conference in New Orleans, even if the …

Los Angeles’ mobility data specification unlocks potential for data management

​The data and API standard allows the city to gather, analyze and compare real-time data from MaaS companies — and can be duplicated in other cities, as well. Katie Pyzyk, Smart Cities Dive, Jan. 24, 2019 https://www.smartcitiesdive.com/news/los-angeles-mobility-data-specification-dockless-rideshare/546692/ As the dockless bike and e-scooter trend rapidly spreads across the country, cities are increasingly trying to figure out the best ways to manage the …

Real development vs. an extractive economy or colonization

So what happens if we measure global poverty at the low end of this more realistic spectrum – $7.40 per day, to be extra conservative? Well, we see that the number of people living under this line has increased dramatically since measurements began in 1981, reaching some 4.2 billion people today. Suddenly the happy Davos narrative melts away. And on Bill Gates’ …

TransitScreen, MobilityData form open transit data platform

Jason Plautz@Jason_Plautz on Smart Cities Dive Jan. 11, 2019 Washington, DC-based software company TransitScreen and nonprofit MobilityData announced they are collaborating on an open data platform that will share global public transit and mobility information. The partners have acquired TransitFeeds, the mobility data commons that serves 6 million data requests a year, to build the new OpenMobilityData platform. OpenMobilityData will fully integrate with transit …

A withering verdict: MPs report on Zuckerberg, Russia and Cambridge Analytica

By Julian King, in The Guardian, 28 July 2018, https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jul/28/democracy-threatened-malicious-technology-eu-fighting-back Attacks on elections and electoral campaigns fall into two main categories: those based on systems and those based on behaviours. The first category includes cyber-attacks that manipulate the electoral process or voting technology to change the number of voters or the number of votes. But the second category of threat …

UK report: “Relentless targeting of hyper-partisan views play to the fears and prejudices of people, in order to influence their voting plans and their behavior” poses a greater threat to democracy than more familiar forms of so-called fake news

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/jul/27/fake-news-inquiry-data-misuse-deomcracy-at-risk-mps-conclude …“relentless targeting of hyper-partisan views play to the fears and prejudices of people, in order to influence their voting plans and their behaviour” poses a greater threat to democracy than more familiar forms of so-called fake news, raising particular concerns about the way online data could be manipulated to impact elections. The DCMS committee has spent 18 months conducting …

Advice for ‘smart cities’ includes social equity, grid modernization and garbage

Former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said any smart city plan needs to start with a modern electrical grid. Then the apps and gadgets can follow. By Benjamin Freed, 26 July 2018 on Statescoop.com Any local government that wants to become a “smart city” needs to ignore the buzzwords and identify the projects that actually improve its constituents’ lives. That was the advice …