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European cities share 10 principles for using citizen data

The guidelines outline key principles for using citizen data responsibly. They were developed with and includes real-world examples from several European cities.

The cities of Bordeaux, Barcelona, Debrecen, Edinburgh, Eindhoven, Florence, Ghent, Helsinki, Manchester, Rijeka and Zaragoza collaborated on the guidelines.

This data is discussed in the context of being traced, collected, measured, stored, used, managed and processed by both public and private entities.

Source: European cities share 10 principles for using citizen data – Smart Cities World

Sidewalk Toronto commits to Privacy by Design principles amid citizen concerns

Members of the Sidewalk Toronto team echoed the principles of Privacy by Design, the framework of Ryerson University’s expert in residence Ann Cavoukian.

The former Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario is an adviser to the project’s privacy policy development as it works through a lengthy public consultation phase for a project that is in many ways the first smart city development of its kind.

Source: Sidewalk Toronto commits to Privacy by Design principles amid citizen concerns | IT World Canada News

Toronto smart city plan faces privacy concerns

Sidewalk Labs, the unit of Google parent Alphabet Inc. selected to help transform a parcel of land known as Quayside, at the foot of Parliament Street, listed off a dizzying array of technologies it could develop in Canada’s largest city, then sell elsewhere: cameras and sensors that detect pedestrians at traffic lights or alert cleanup crews when garbage bins overflow; robotic vehicles that whisk away garbage in underground tunnels; heated bike lanes to melt snow; even a new street layout to accommodate a fleet of self-driving cars.

Many are concerned about the data Sidewalk could collect. Some say the deal has been shrouded in secrecy. Others fear the company’s vague but sweeping plans could threaten the city’s authority over a massive swath of waterfront or even its public transit system and other key services.

Source: Cracks appear in Sidewalk Labs’ Toronto waterfront plan after fanfare – The Globe and Mail

‘Living laboratories’: the Dutch cities amassing data on oblivious residents

In Eindhoven, Utrecht and Assen smart projects are tackling everything from traffic to street crime. But with privacy laws being flouted and commercial companies in on the act, are things as benign as they seem?

Stratumseind in Eindhoven has become one of the “smartest” streets in the Netherlands. Lamp-posts have been fitted with wifi-trackers, cameras and 64 microphones that can detect aggressive behaviour and alert police officers to altercations. There has been a failed experiment to change light intensity to alter the mood. The next plan, starting this spring, is to diffuse the smell of oranges to calm people down. The aim? To make Stratumseind a safer place.

Source: ‘Living laboratories’: the Dutch cities amassing data on oblivious residents | Cities | The Guardian

Public Opinion Often Sets Privacy Standards for Smart City Tech

City officials, law professors and corporate privacy directors discuss the tension between open data work and privacy at the second day of the MetroLab Annual Summit in Atlanta, citing smart cities tech as an increasingly relevant part of the discussion.

Source: Public Opinion Often Sets Privacy Standards for Smart City Tech

Teralytics wants to tap telcos’ big data to help cities get smarter about Uber and Lyft

Big data is an expansive umbrella with startups of all stripes squatting under it. Even as the most successful and powerful data miners of the modern web are undoubtedly the dominant consumer platforms — Google, Facebook, Apple and Amazon in the West, and China’s WeChat in Asia — whose vast digital empires yield them both quantity and quality of data to use as they please.

Source: Teralytics wants to tap telcos’ big data to help cities get smarter about Uber and Lyft | TechCrunch

The Impossible Project of Evading Urban Surveillance

Even in the middle of major city, it’s possible to go off the grid. Last year, theAtlantic profiled a family in Washington, D.C., that harvests their entire household energy from a single, 1-kilowatt solar panel on a patch of cement in their backyard. Insulated, light-blocking blinds keep upstairs bedrooms cool at the peak of summer; in winter, the family gets by with low-tech solutions, like curling up with hot water bottles. “It’s a bit like camping,” one family member said.

Source: The Impossible Project of Evading Urban Surveillance – CityLab

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