Human rights must be put at the centre of development plans for smart cities. Civil servants should have a deep understanding of the technologies they are contracting, and enforce public procurement specifications that protect against abusive or wrongful use of the technologies. Technology needs to have safeguards to ensure that its use is consistent with human rights standards.Read More
In this episode, we talk with deaf-blind civil rights lawyer and accessibility advocate Haben Girma about accessible justice and how designing courts, law firms, and the attorney-client relationship for people with disabilities can increase access to justice for everyone.Read More
If there were an untapped multi-billion-dollar market, would you want to know about it? Would you want to know if you were inadvertently blocking those consumers from doing business with you? And would you try to get ahead of your competitors by courting them?
That market is Canadians living with disabilities. It’s no niche market: one in five Canadians has a disability. And they represent purchasing power worth a whopping $55 billion annually.
Now, factor in the following:
– More than one in three seniors has a disability; and….Read More
About The Disability Visibility Project (DVP)® is an online community dedicated to recording, amplifying, and sharing disability media and culture. The DVP is also a community partnership with StoryCorps, a national oral history organization. Our aim is to create disabled media that is intersectional, multi-modal, and accessible. What does the DVP do? Believes that disabled lives are valuable and our narratives belong to us Encourages people with…Read More
Navigating Egypt’s public spaces can be a difficult task for anyone living in a place like Cairo. Its debilitating traffic, poorly-paved streets, lack of pavements, and all kinds of barriers one needs to conquer, are enough to make one think twice before stepping out into city life. For someone with a disability, these challenges obviously become exceedingly more difficult. In a new…Read More
TEDx Innovations is a blog celebrating creativity and innovation in TEDx communities around the globe. From design to tech to social activities, the TEDx Innovations blog highlights the best of the best worldwide. Source: 7 talks highlight people with disabilities breaking down barriers | TEDx Innovations BlogRead More
Disability rights groups are urging the Centre to build smart cities that abide by international planning norms and are completely barrier free. Source: New Building Code Could Help Make Smart Cities Disabled Friendly – The WireRead More
October 13 is the International Day for Disaster Reduction.From East Asia, South Asia, and Africa to Latin America, disaster events such as hurricanes, floods, and earthquakes are on the rise, destroying homes and claiming lives. Climate change is making it worse. Extreme weather is hitting us harder and more frequently as the planet warms, causing greater losses. Let’s take a…Read More
This word ‘smart’ is mentioned in reference to cities a lot. There are endless conferences and trade fairs exploring ‘smart cities’ or ‘Internet of things’ technologies. Most cities now have tech weeks – and the term is now so regarded that it’s often capitalised as ‘SMART’. But spending time in this world, hearing from the many mayors at the many…Read More
New Microsoft, UN partnership will focus on tech’s role in tackling human rights challengesThis information provided by Smart Cities Council Compassionate Cities.Wed, 2017-05-17 10:45 — Compassionate C…As human rights challenges in communities around the world not only proliferate but grow increasingly complex, we’re encouraged by the news this week that Microsoft is partnering with the United Nations Human Rights Office…Read More