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What Do Accessibility and Universal Design Have To Do With Open Data and Smart Cities?

What Do Accessibility and Universal Design Have To Do With Open Data and Smart Cities?

Accessibility Series Part 1: Universal Design Matters in Open Data /.article__meta Open Data, Accessibility and Universal Design and interrelated concepts that tie into a general culture of inclusiveness and “openness.” We know what Open Data is, that’s probably what brought you here. But what do accessibility and universal design have to do with Open Data? This post will guide you…

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Digital Accessibility is a Civil Rights Issue

Digital Accessibility is a Civil Rights Issue

begin main content area Protecting digital accessibility ensures equal rights for disabled people toolbar By Lainey Feingold January 2018 features pagination logic primary story image on first paginated page Lainey Feingold. As the world has moved online, so have disability rights. Disability community activists use social media to spread the message of equality, opportunity, justice and inclusion. Disabled people and…

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TEDxTUM | A Vision of the #ResponsiveCity of the Future

TEDxTUM | A Vision of the #ResponsiveCity of the Future

A vision of the responsive city of the future Cities are among the greatest accomplishments of mankind – but they have not quite learned to respond to the needs of their inhabitants yet. Gerhard Schmitt believes that the communication between the city of the future and its people should be bi-directional. He reveals some approaches to make this possible, and…

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Smart Cities are Boring. Give Us Responsive Cities. | TechCrunch

Smart Cities are Boring. Give Us Responsive Cities. | TechCrunch

Begin: WordPress Article Content As an urban technologist, I’m often asked to give an example of a compelling smart city application that real people are using. But to be honest, there really isn’t too much to point to – yet. Cities may be getting smarter, but they haven’t noticeably changed from a user perspective. It seems like most of the…

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Mayor Asks Londoners to Inform Smart City Planning

Screenshot-2018-1-25 Mayor asks Londoners to inform capital’s smart city ambitions » Digital By Default News

Londoners will have the opportunity to inform how smart technology could shape the future of life in the capital by giving their views and ideas to the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. Last year, Sadiq declared his ambition for London to be the world’s leading smart city – the Smart London Plan, which is being developed under the leadership of…

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Smart City Accessibility: Unlocking Potential | Smart & Resilient Cities

Smart City Accessibility: Unlocking Potential | Smart & Resilient Cities

“Smart City” is the concept that will change the way we see and live in cities. Thousands of experts worldwide analyze the advantages and disadvantages of this new technological and social revolution from all perspectives. To date, however, accessibility is still a nascent dimension of this movement and must firmly be incorporated into the very definition of a Smart City.…

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How to Create Polished Accessibility Experiences for Web Users in 2018?

How to Create Polished Accessibility Experiences for Web Users in 2018?

We have been successfully delivering web design and development services for more than a decade. Today we would like to discuss how you can make your website inclusive for the people with disability. What is accessibility? Accessibility basically refers to the experience of users who access or interact with things differently than a typical “user” does. To be specific, accessibility…

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What Is Inclusion – Inclusion Imperative

What Is Inclusion from the Inclusion Imperative: Inclusion is a beacon and symbol for what is possible in our lives. Inclusion is not an answer to a problem but an initiative that is an opportunity. Inclusion Imperative Published on Apr 13, 2015 Find out more at http://www.inclusionimperative.com/

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Why Companies Must Invest In Accessible IoT and Universal Design

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Innovating for People With Disabilities Why companies should invest in universal design. Sensor technology, automation, artificial intelligence and the evolution of natural-language processing have made our personal electronic devices more intuitive and functional than ever. In recent years, these technologies have converged to make up the Internet of Things (IoT)—that is, a movement to make everyday items “smart” by embedding…

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Convenience For You Is Independence For Me by @ToddStabelfeldt

Screenshot-2018-1-21 Innovating for people with disabilities Why companies should invest in universal design – IBM iX

Universal Design and Accessible IoT  Brings  Independence. Technology designed for the convenience of people without disabilities can give people with reduced mobility and functioning unprecedented independence. That outcome, says Louchez of Georgia Tech, can reconnect people to a fundamental part of the human experience. “A corollary of independence is also dignity,” he says. “Because the more independent you are, the…

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Diversifying the Blockchain with Raine Revere

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It’s common knowledge that the tech and financial industries are not diverse and inclusive places. So when you combine the two and out comes blockchain, what you get from a diversity viewpoint isn’t pretty. “The consensus is that because blockchain is so niche and it’s mostly early adopters who come from tech and finance, that it’s actually less diverse than…

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Citizen Co-Creation A Smart City Tool | TheCityFix

Citizen Co-Creation A Smart City Tool | TheCityFix

  Understanding the needs of the population helps to design effective urban projects and create better cities and public spaces. Photo by Mariana Gil / WRI Brasil Cidades Sustentáveis / Flickr Our impressions of a city are formed mainly by the quality of public spaces. If they are not pleasant and preserved, or if they transmit a sense of insecurity, we…

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10 Smart City Strategies for Better Urban Renewal Hint: Think Community Engagement

Screenshot-2018-1-20 Public Spaces 10 Principles for Better Urban Renewal (Hint Think Community Engagement) TheCityFix

  Urban rejuvenation projects are most successful if they are designed with shared community goals in mind. Photo by Elisa Greco/Flickr Our impressions of a city are formed mainly by the quality of public spaces. If they are not pleasant and preserved, or if they transmit a sense of insecurity, we will seldom return. Good planning of these spaces should be the…

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Designing for Inclusion – Web Accessibility Initiative

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Designing for Inclusion Inclusive design, design for all, digital inclusion, universal usability, and similar efforts address a broad range of issues in making technology available to and usable by all people whatever their abilities, age, economic situation, education, geographic location, language, etc. Accessibility focuses on people with disabilities — people with auditory, cognitive, neurological, physical, speech, and visual impairments. The…

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Putting Digital Equity in Smart Cities Front and Center – @routefifty

Putting Digital Equity in Cities Front and Center There are plenty of opportunities and challenges for municipal leaders who want to expand access to high-speed Internet in their communities. WASHINGTON — Providing Wi-Fi hotspot devices that can be checked out from libraries, connecting residents in public housing with high speed Google Fiber service and beaming down wireless Internet signals to…

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Austin Free-Net and the Digital Divide @austinfreenet

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What is the Digital Divide, and why should I care?  It’s hard to imagine that in a city like Austin there is still a large segment of the city that has no idea how to use a computer; however, even in this high tech mecca, the digital divide exists. The digital divide is a term that describes the disparity between…

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@NetInclusion 2018 | National Digital Inclusion Alliance

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Net Inclusion 2018 welcomes digital inclusion community practitioners, advocates, academics, Internet service providers, and policymakers to discuss local, state and federal policies and policy innovations impacting digital equity, sources of financial and programmatic support of digital inclusion programs, plus digital inclusion best practices from across the country. Net Inclusion 2018 will begin Tuesday, April 17th with pre-conference events in the…

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Smart City Seattle Digital Equity Initiative

Screenshot-2018-1-20 Digital Equity Initiative – Tech seattle gov

Smart City Seattle: The Digital Equity Initiative Seattle’s Digital Equity Initiative was launched in response to the City’s quadrennial Technology Indicators Report, released in May 2014. The Report found significant disparities in internet access and digital literacy skills for those of lower education, low-incomes, seniors, disabled, minorities, and immigrants. The Initiative is one part of the Mayor’s broadband strategy to…

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Smart Cities Need Technology That Understands All Humans

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Smart Cities Need Technology That Understands All Humans Cities need to be accessible to all, including those with hearing and sight impairments, and restricted mobility   The world’s cities and their populations are growing at an unprecedented rate. The United Nations predicts that by 2050, 66 percent of the world’s population will live in urbanized areas, compared to just a…

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Smart City 3.0 Citizen Co-Creation Driving Next Generation of Smarter Cities.

The 3 Generations Of Smart Cities

Smart cities are getting more and more attention in the media, from technology companies and entrepreneurs, and increasingly from both local governments and civil society. On one hand, smart cities hold the promise to potentially make the growing number of cities around the globe more efficient, more tech-savvy, more wired–and with all that, they can hopefully improve the quality of…

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