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Taxis Are Flying The Flag For Inclusivity In Mobility

Taxis Are Flying The Flag For Inclusivity In Mobility

Location shouldn’t be a barrier and neither should a disability. Disability groups have been lobbying for better accessibility on transport for many years. How many times have you got on a train to find there was a lack of space for wheelchair users, or that there wasn’t a toilet on board? For many people this can be extremely limiting.

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The Importance of Inclusive Tech for Seniors: A Conversation with the CTA Foundation

The Importance of Inclusive Tech for Seniors: A Conversation with the CTA Foundation

Whether for work or personal enjoyment, reading has long-lasting social and cognitive benefits. However, for seniors experiencing barriers to reading such as low vision or a physical impairment, using traditional print materials is a struggle, if not impossible. Benetech’s growing library of over 685,000 accessible titles, Bookshare, enables seniors to read in ways that work for them, choosing from a…

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Accessible Public Transportation and Housing, a Need for People with Disabilities in Major Cities

Accessible Public Transportation and Housing, a Need for People with Disabilities in Major Cities | Inter Press Service

Accessible Public Transportation and Housing, a Need for People with Disabilities in Major Cities This article is part of a series of stories on disability inclusion.   – Even though over six billion people—nearly one billion of whom will have disabilities— are expected to live in urban centres by 2050, many of the world’s major urban cities have a long…

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Smart Cities Could Be Lousy To Live In If You Have A Disability

Smart Cities Could Be Lousy To Live In If You Have A Disability

Cities sometimes fail to make sure the technologies they adopt are accessible to everyone. Activists and startups are working to change that. Victor Pineda travels the world to make speeches and advise governments on urban planning and development. But when he encounters a touch-screen kiosk, he’s stymied. For people like him, who use wheelchairs and have limited use of their…

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Amsterdam, New York, Barcelona Launch Cities Coalition for Digital Rights

Screenshot_2018-11-24 NYC, Barcelona and Amsterdam partner to protect digital rights

On Wednesday, November 14, 2018 Amsterdam, Barcelona and New York City formally launched the Cities Coalition for Digital Rights, a joint initiative to promote and track progress in protecting residents’ and visitors’ digital rights. The Cities Coalition for Digital Rights builds upon five shared principles to create policies, tools and resources to promote and protect resident and visitor rights online.…

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Video: Sidewalk Labs CEO Dan Doctoroff at CityLab Detroit

Sidewalk Labs CEO Dan Doctoroff at CityLab Detroit

Sidewalk Labs CEO Dan Doctoroff at CityLab Detroit Sidewalk Labs is building a prototype for the urban future on Toronto’s Eastern Waterfront. This project asks us to re-think relationships between governments, the private sector, and residents. Dan Doctoroff, Founder and CEO, Sidewalk Labs joins Jennifer Bradley, The Aspen Institute at CityLab Detroit. Timed Transcript: Please see video option. Transcript: (Archived…

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The Promise and Peril of Smart Cities

The Promise and Peril of “Smart” Cities: Technology can help us govern better, but at what price to urban life? | City Journal

The Promise and Peril of “Smart” Cities Technology can help us govern better, but at what price to urban life? Technology can help us govern better, but at what price to urban life actual article chapter content Last year, American newspapers published more than 800 stories about “smart” cities. Readers could learn how municipal governments are deploying sophisticated technology to…

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Inside Melbourne’s High-Tech Vision and Smart City

Inside Melbourne’s High-Tech Vision and Smart City

Take a walk down one of the trendy little laneways in the heart of Melbourne, flat white in hand, and imagine: What will the city look like in five years? “The thing that people love about Melbourne is Melbourne as a place and an experience”, says Ben Rimmer, Chief Executive of the City of Melbourne. We are sitting in his…

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Helsinki Ranked Fifth Worldwide In Terms Of Smart City Governance

Helsinki Ranked Fifth Worldwide In Terms Of Smart City Governance

The top-10 was rounded out by Montreal (6th), Boston (7th), Melbourne (8th), Barcelona (9th) and Shanghai (10th). A total of 140 cities of all sizes from around the world were evaluated based on existing smart city rankings, news articles and online resources to measure their commitment to building a smart city. Each city was then given a score of one…

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Reinventing Obsolete Urban Spaces As Smart Cities Of The Future: Key Steps To Succes

Screenshot_2018-08-30 Reinventing obsolete urban spaces as smart cities of the future key steps to success

A renewal of public spaces is underway and underpinning this is new technology. Throughout history, public spaces have enjoyed many different roles in social, political and economic life, changing to suit the needs of the time. We know the ancient Greek agora and Roman Forum as the primary political centres of the city and the spatial cradle of democracy. In…

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Government Transparency is Key to Valuable Community Partnerships

Government Transparency is Key to Valuable Community Partnerships

Cities are at the forefront of innovative new solutions to long-time issues like access to housing, transportation, or education. Innovation is a group effort, though, and requires collaboration. To solve problems in cities, governments need to act not only as service providers for essential city functions, but also as conveners who facilitate new partnerships and relationships among their civic tech…

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London’s Chief Digital Officer Talks The Smart City Transition

Screenshot_2018-08-13 London’s Chief Digital Officer talks the smart city transition

London’s Chief Digital Officer talks the smart city transition © iStock / MarioGuti Government Europa spoke to London’s first Chief Digital Officer, Theo Blackwell, about how the city is pledging to lead the way and create a bundle of small smart cities within London. Cities throughout Europe are in transition; becoming smarter, using technology to make them more sustainable and…

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The Top 10 Smart Cities Around the World

Discover What is So Unique About The Top 10 Smart Cities of World

Highest Ranked Smart Cities of 2018-19   Eden Strategy Institute and OXD (ONG&ONG Experience Design) have come up with the top 50 smart cities of 2018-19. According to Eden Strategy Institute, this is one-of-its-kind independent ranking conducted for the first time that takes into consideration the roles that city governments play in leading a smart city strategy. The research studied…

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How Can Governments and Companies Build Accessibility into Emerging Tech Like Iot and AI?

How Can Governments and Companies Build Accessibility into Emerging Tech Like Iot and AI?

Erich Manser has run 18 marathons and set an Ironman world record for a physically-challenged athlete. He’s also legally blind. For him—and all athletes who are blind—carefully navigating the swirling stampede of runners, the chaotic cowbell-banging crowds, and the crush at water stations can be exceptionally tricky, even with the help of a guide. So when Manser ran the Boston…

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Manifesto For Human, Creative And Smart Cities Presented In Brazil

Manifesto For Human, Creative And Smart Cities Presented In Brazil

OASC Brazil publishes a Manifesto to raise awareness among city leaders and stimulate the implementation of social, economic and digital policies. The Manifesto has been shared with Brazilian authorities. A joint collaboration of OASC Brazil and OASC Portugal: Cláudio Nascimento (at speaker desk, left) and Margarida Campolargo (1st from the right) have presented the Brazilian Manifesto for human, creative, and…

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Seattle Rolls Out New Community Engagement Framework – News | Planetizen

Seattle Rolls Out New Community Engagement Framework – News | Planetizen

Seattle wants to make it easier for residents to learn about developers’ plans in their area. “Often in the design process,” Stephen Fesler writes, “developments move to local design review boards where the proposals are seen for the first time and are well set in their direction having had little or no community feedback.” A new set of guidelines, in effect starting…

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How the Blockchain Can Help the Homeless

How the Blockchain Can Help the Homeless

Madison McVeigh/CityLab/David Ryder/Reuters The Tech That’s Changing How Cities Help the Homeless From mapping apps to the blockchain, new tools are intended to give cities the information they need to address this growing challenge. Every day, a team of community health paramedics in Austin, Texas, fans out across the city to provide aid to the growing number of people on…

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For Smart Cities, Blockchain Technology Opens New Possibilities

For Smart Cities, Blockchain Technology Opens New Possibilities

.blog-post-single-thumb For Smart Cities, Blockchain Technology Opens New Possibilities .blog-post-meta Today, Americans have supercomputers in their pockets, on their wrists, in their cars and in their home appliances. Internet usage is at an all-time high, with 89 percent of the population having access in 2018 — compared to 52 percent in 2000. According to the Pew Research Center, nearly 90…

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Trends In Mobile Accessibility: Artificial Intelligence and Smart Cities

Trends In Mobile Accessibility: Artificial Intelligence and Smart Cities

The 7th M-Enabling Summit opened its doors to around 600 participants from 30 countries. The opening panel on Artificial Intelligence (AI) heard representatives of Microsoft, Amazon and Oath (the company coming out of the merger of AOL and yahoo) talk about the immense and exciting potential of AI. These included how Amazon’s Alexa is helping in speech therapy for autistic…

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How Cities are Getting Smart Using Artificial Intelligence

How Cities are Getting Smart Using Artificial Intelligence | Getting Smart

Spending on smart cities technology will be about $80 billion, perhaps $135 billion by 2021, according to a new report. These investments will make spread opportunity and make cities more convenient and sustainable. But they come with new complex challenges. In an interview with China Global Television, I discussed smart cities and the technology that’s driving them. What makes a city…

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