By Matt Hamblen (This article first appeared April 29 on http://www.smartcitiesworld.net.) A March 18 fatal crash during an Uber self-driving car test in Arizona raised safety concerns from mayors in U.S. cities who often feel powerless to regulate the technology. Mayors said they hope to take a bigger role in protecting lives. Even so, they […]Read more "Cities worry over self-driving cars and flying taxis"
“If we don’t build smart cities now, people are going to leave,” CIO says By Matt Hamblen Tech startup SafetyCulture moved from San Francisco to Kansas City, Mo., last year. The company, a maker of a workplace safety app, set up modern offices in a massive revamped middle school on the city’s west side. The […]Read more "KC lures startups in broad smart city bid"
By Matt Hamblen Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and killed on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tenn. Following his death, riots broke out in 37 U.S. cities, including Kansas City, Mo., where I grew up. During four days of rioting in KC, from April 9 -12, six African-Americans were killed, including […]Read more "What one young teen learned: 50 years after Dr. King and the KC riots"
By Matt Hamblen Five companies recently filed preliminary proposals to build and operate a massive $1.9 billion public-private fiber to the premises broadband network in San Francisco, Mayor Mark Farrell told attendees at a technology conference on Wednesday. Farrell called the five responses to the city’s Request for Qualifications (RFQ) encouraging. The city didn’t release […]Read more "San Fran mayor pushes other cities for fiber broadband"
Data innovation in the 50 U.S. states: “No state gets it across the board.” By Matt Hamblen Open data portals and other data-driven innovations vary widely across the 50 U.S. states and even within a state, according to an exhaustive study by the Center for Data Innovation based in Washington, D.C. Some U.S. states shine […]Read more "Data innovators hit and miss in US states"
U.S. Homeland Security official predicts great “risk of privacy harm in IoT” By Matt Hamblen Billions of coming Internet of Things sensors pose troubling privacy concerns about the movements and behaviors of average citizens, according to government officials, including one attorney for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. “If past is prolong in how industry […]Read more "Internet of Things poses privacy worries"
By Matt Hamblen In a recent discussion thread on a popular social networking site, an innovative chief information security officer at a large ride-sharing company asked for examples of actual deployments of blockchain, not just pilot projects. In response, several CISO’s mentioned Estonia as a shining example of the deployment of blockchain– not as the […]Read more "Blockchain being eyed (and used) by cities, nations"