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The Smart City As An Inclusive City: Seven Steps To Tackling Digital Exclusion

The Smart City As An Inclusive City: Seven Steps To Tackling Digital Exclusion

Although the quantity of people using technology in their everyday lives is constantly rising, a relatively high percentage of the world’s population remains digitally disengaged or even technologically illiterate. In the European Union alone, nearly a third of people don’t use the internet on a daily basis; only half of all Europeans aged 16 – 74 use social networks or…

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MIT Hackathon Tackles Accessibility Challenges


The Massachusetts Institute of Technology recently hosted its annual Assistive Technology Hackathon (ATHack), an event that brings together people with disabilities and students from the graduate to Ph.D. level to work on prototypes for assistive tools. During this year’s multidisciplinary event, teams built “an accessible beanbag-toss game, a personalized blood pressure cuff, a portable and collapsible shower chair, battery and…

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Thoughtful Leadership Is the First Step Toward Equitable Smart Cities – StateTech

Thoughtful Leadership Is the First Step Toward Equitable Smart Cities – StateTech

Thoughtful Leadership Is the First Step Toward Equitable Smart Cities Smart city solutions could be contributing to the digital divide. Local and conscious solutions can bring equity back in focus. Brooks Rainwater is the senior executive and director of the National League of Cities’ (NLC) Center for City Solutions. Rainwater drives the organization’s research agenda, community engagement efforts, and leadership…

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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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Will Smart Cities and IoT Divide Us or Bring Us Together?

Screenshot-2018-1-18 Will the internet be a tool to divide us or bring us together

Government is transforming applications, contracts, and payment portals to all be housed online. This is incredible, but only if you have all three legs of the stool — the internet in your home, a computer beyond a smart phone, and the digital literacy training to help you use these tools to access the resources needed. As Pittsburgh develops as a technology city…

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The Digital Services Smart City Playbook — from the U.S. Digital Service

Screenshot-2017-12-14 Boston A Really Smart City

The American people expect to interact with government through digital channels such as websites, email, and mobile applications. By building digital services that meet their needs, we can make the delivery of our policy and programs more effective.

Today, too many of our digital services projects do not work well, are delivered late, or are over budget. To increase the success rate of these projects, the U.S. Government needs a new approach. We created a playbook of 13 key “plays” drawn from successful practices from the private sector and government that, if followed together, will help government build effective digital services….

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Avoiding Web Accessibility Issues | SYS-CON MEDIA


PROVIDENCE, RI–(Marketwired – November 03, 2017) – As a major landmark in the fight for universal website accessibility, 2018 will usher in new legal regulations to be upheld by any business or organization with an online presence. Since the Department of Justice (DOJ) proposed in 2010 that websites should be considered as “places of public accommodation” as defined under the…

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NYC launches #smartcity youth education program under innovation lab @NYC_CTO

Screenshot-2017-10-29 NYC launches smart city youth education program under innovation lab

New York City’s first Neighborhood Innovation Lab is coordinating new smart city efforts, organizers announced Friday. The city announced that the lab — based in the neighborhood of Brownsville, Brooklyn, since March — will start a tech education program to teach digital skills to youths, while also installing smart trash cans for efficient pickups and solar powered smart benches to charge devices, detect foot traffic and…

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Digital Accessibility Digest Archive | @Microassist @hiramk

Screenshot-2017-10-27 MICROASSIST LOGO -Digital Accessibility Digest Archive – Microassist

Digital Accessibility Digest Stay on top of developments in website, elearning, and application accessibility. The Digital Accessibility Digest brings curated, Microassist original, and guest-provided news and information of interest to web, content, and application developers, as well as IT departments and legal counsel. Content focuses on the importance of implementing WCAG 2.0- and Section 508-specified accessibility practices that make digital…

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Are #smartcities failing the disabled and elderly? | @jamesthu @victorpineda #smartcities4all

Screenshot-2017-10-26 Are smart cities failing the disabled and elderly – Dr Victor Pineda, President of World Enabled, and James Thurston, G3ict’s Vice President for Global Strategy and Develop

During Smart Cities NYC 2017, a new toolkit, Smart cities for all, was released to help cities reduce the digital divide and make them accessible for all. Jonathan Andrews spoke to Dr Victor Pineda, President of World Enabled, and Co-Chair, Persons with Disabilities, on the General Assembly of Partners, the civil society body designed to help governments implement Habitat III.…

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#SmartCity Disability Infrastructure – Technology to accommodate all!

Screenshot-2017-10-26 Disability Infrastructure – Technology is being utilized to create spaces to accommodate all

Technology is being utilized to create spaces to accommodate all Implications – In the past, improving accessibility in spaces for those with disabilities focused on small changes to individual locations. Technology is enabling a shift toward more wide-spanning accommodation within large spaces. Leveraging geo-location, touchless monitoring, and 3D printing for these purposes speaks to a new era of AI that…

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OpenAIR Powered by Knowbility


OpenAIR is a global web accessibility challenge that pairs teams of web developers with registered non-profits looking to create or improve their websites. 20th Annual OpenAIR is underway!  February 8, 2018 – May 15, 2018 Welcome to OpenAIR – the web accessibility challenge! Organized by Austin based nonprofit organization Knowbility, OpenAIR is a global web accessibility challenge that pairs participating teams of web developers and…

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Technology Solutions for Inclusive Smart Cities

Screenshot-2017-10-20 Microsoft CityNext Technology solutions for smart cities

Microsoft CityNext is empowering cities to digitally transform and unlock their potential by delivering smart city inclusive innovations Source: Microsoft CityNext: Technology solutions for smart cities

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Meaningful digital inclusion means more than #smartcity connectivity..

47251454 – abstract geometric technology design element. template design Smart is disrupting our world for the better – as ITU Telecom World 2017 recognises in its annual debate, networking and exhibition event, focusing this year on “Smart digital transformation.” But a smart society is dependent upon ICT infrastructure and networks like never before. And in a world where some 3.9 billion citizens remain offline, there is a very…

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Goodwill® and Launch Digital Career Accelerator(SM)


ROCKVILLE, Md., Oct. 12, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — and Goodwill, the United States’ leading workforce development nonprofit, have announced the launch of the Goodwill Digital Career Accelerator. Funded by a $10 million grant from and with the assistance of 1,000 Google volunteers, the new Goodwill initiative will enable more than one million people — including people with disabilities and…

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Why Chicago’s CIO left government for IoT initiative

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Why Chicago’s CIO left government for IoT initiative As former city Chief Information Officer Brenna Berman reflects on her time with the city, she says a job where she can use the Internet of Things to improve city life was too good to pass up. Source: Why Chicago’s CIO left government for IoT initiative

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Headset provides ‘3D soundscape’ to help blind people navigate cities | Art and design | The Guardian

Knobbly pavements and ticking pedestrian crossings are one thing, but the frustrating experience of getting around the city for visually impaired people could soon be revolutionised by a new navigational headset which claims to let you hear your surroundings as a “3D soundscape”.Developed by Microsoft and the Guide Dogs charity over the last two years, with the government-funded Future Cities Catapult, the headset contains a GPS tracker,…

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Digital Disruption is a human thing | Steve Vamos | TEDx

Digital Disruption is a human thing Steve Vamos

Source: Steve believes that now more than ever the old way of doing things is hurting more than helping. Digital disruption requires new ways of thinking. Here he explains why. Steve advocates that we need to think about how much of our conditioning at work is about doing what we’re told rather than about how to create the future.…

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How to build inclusive and accessible smart cities for people with disabilities

SMART NYC 2017 with Dr. Pineada

Smart Cities NYC ’17: How to make urban areas inclusive and accessible for people with disabilities Length: 2:00 | May 9, 2017 Every city should have a chief accessibility officer to ensure inclusiveness for people with disabilities, according to Victor Pineda, president of World Enabled, which partnered with Microsoft for the creation of the Smart Cities for All Toolkit Video Source:

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Smart Cities Council | Digital skills are creating new opportunities for people with disabilities

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Inclusion Summit Yoo, who is Senior VP for Corporate Affairs at Cisco, says over the years Cisco’s Networking Academy has benefited over 3,000 students with disabilities and the company has made a commitment to more than triple that number in the next five years. “We believe that helping people with disabilities develop technical skills is a win-win,” writes Woo. “It…

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