If this has not hit your neck of the woods it is coming----Baltimore and citizen ability to access ordinary online capacity is already feeling the loss of access as global online corporations like Hopkins global health and global education takes all data capacity. It is censorship as well as all citizen posts against government and its pols will be censored as a friend says of this video. THAT IS WHAT GLOBAL CORPORATE TRIBUNAL AUTOCRATIC RIGHT WING LIBERTARIANISM IS-----Clinton/Bush/Obama
From a friend:
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They are blocking online videos especially in US cities----this is why media outlets like WYPR and Baltimore Sun are placing these forums online while allowing establishment pols TV and radio space. Corporations are moving to allowing only online video released from national and global journalism corporations to run freely------so a REAL NEWS video news would play in full because it is financed by a Wall Street global corporate billionaire living in Toronto. Video downloaded by citizens will soon not play so this is just the beginning of censorship.
Second Democratic mayoral debate
Democratic candidates for mayor — Patrick Gutierrez, DeRay Mckesson, Cindy Walsh, and Calvin Allen Young III — will debate from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Four Democrats running for Baltimore mayor meet in a debate Wednesday sponsored by The Baltimore Sun, WJZ, the University of Baltimore and the Baltimore City League of Women Voters.
Patrick Gutierrez, DeRay Mckesson, Cindy Walsh, and Calvin Allen Young III will debate from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Gersham Cupid is not in attendance. The debate will be streamed live on baltimoresun.com.
Welcome to our live coverage of the debate. Reporter Yvonne Wenger will tweet live from the event.
As I said earlier all the push from Clinton/Obama Wall Street global corporate neo-liberals is funding for online media and funding for online small businesses. Place your business in the CLOUD they say----all data uploaded offsite. As these global pols do this they are pushing and passing laws allowing all of telecommunications and high speed access to internet be handed to global online corporations like Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. All these pols know to where this leads as they shout during primary elections that they will protect public infrastructure like water.
ALL OF BALTIMORE DEVELOPMENT ESTABLISH CANDIDATES ARE TIED TO ALL THIS PRIVATIZATION TO GLOBAL CORPORATIONS AND IF A 'LABOR AND JUSTICE' GROUP SUPPORT ONLY THESE CLINTON/OBAMA/O'MALLEY WALL STREET GLOBAL CORPORATE NEO-LIBERALS---THEY SUPPORT THIS MARCH TO ONE WORLD INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC ZONE AND THIRD WORLD STATUS.
Think how an inability to access ordinary online functions will have to small business media, small business manufacturing, cultural arts and emerging technology businesses, and simple small business trying to use online to promote business and store data in the CLOUD. So, if you are rebuilding structures for justice bringing all Baltimore City agencies to each community while subsidizing small business media including TV, radio, and print journalism, manufacturing, and making sure small businesses have physical buildings in communities----
YOU ARE WORKING AGAINST THESE WALL STREET GLOBAL CORPORATE CONTROL OF OUR INTERNET AND MAKING SURE CITIZENS HAVE OTHER MEANS OF COMMUNICATION.
'Comcast and Verizon, the dominant Internet providers in the city, both said they aim to connect customers to the fastest technology possible. But neither has plans to connect homes and businesses directly to fiber, as the campaign seeks'.
Community group lobbying for fiber Internet investment in Baltimore
Scott DanceContact ReporterThe Baltimore Sun
Want faster Internet? A campaign seeks to attract broadband investment in BaltimoreBaltimore was among dozens of disappointed cities when Google announced it had picked Kansas City, Mo., for a high-speed fiber-optic data network in 2011, but officials vowed to continue fighting for fiber nonetheless.
Nearly four years later, some are disappointed by the lack of progress— and want to show that some of the fervor that wooed Google remains, waiting for new, affordable options for fast Internet service.
A community group based in North Baltimore has attracted more than 900 people and nearly $17,000 in donations to a crowdsourced campaign, the Baltimore Broadband Coalition. Backers aim to demonstrate untapped demand for companies that might invest in a fiber network for Baltimore, possibly alongside city officials who have spent the past two years exploring options and expect to share their findings by year's end.
Networks made of fiber-optic cable are capable of carrying significantly more information at faster speeds than traditional copper-wire networks. Fiber broadband can deliver speeds of as much as a gigabit per second. The fastest speed Comcast lists on its website for Baltimore customers is 150 megabits per second, though a spokeswoman said it offers 505 megabits per second.
While the campaign doesn't offer any guarantee of new Internet service options, organizers said they hope it will help draw attention to the region's "digital divide" and eventually spur investment in fiber here.
Comcast broadens eligibility for $10-a-month Internet access "This is an advocacy effort to help to change what has been the city's plan, or lack of plan, on broadband," said Philip Spevak, one of the campaign's organizers. "Those numbers will help to motivate the city."
The coalition launched in July on a website called crowdfiber.com, where half a dozen other communities have hosted or are still running similar campaigns. The concept is similar to that of crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter, which allows artists, musicians or small-business owners to collect investments of any amount for a project, directly from those who want to see it made.
Backers of the broadband campaign put up $10 each, and the aim is to draw a critical mass of supporters from all corners of the city — in 69 different neighborhoods. The organizers set a goal of attracting 20 percent of owner-occupied households and 5 percent of rental units in each neighborhood, considering that to be a benchmark that might be enough to be worth fiber companies' while.
Spevak said organizers aren't sure yet how they will use the money raised, but said it could eventually go toward a request for proposals for network investments.
So far, only the northern neighborhoods of Poplar Hill, Roland Park, Keswick and Roland Springs have surpassed their goals — the effort began at a community meeting in a Roland Park basement. But organizers recently began making the rounds to community association meetings around the city, most recently in Mount Royal and Federal Hill.
Their message: The rate of broadband subscription in the city is lower than in the suburbs and the service costs as much as $500 more per year. The group estimates that 20 percent to 40 percent of Baltimore residents lack an Internet connection at home. Telecommunications giant Comcast has estimated that as many as 75 percent to 80 percent of low-income residents lack broadband access.
"Many other cities throughout the nation are making rapid progress installing fiber broadband infrastructure and services," wrote Spevak and partners Stan Wilson and Anthony Gill in an op-ed column in The Baltimore Sun in July. "It's time for the citizens of Baltimore City to stop paying more money for less and work together to bring faster and cheaper Internet to our homes and businesses."
But they acknowledge they need cooperation from the city, which has lost its past two chief information officers to scandal. Before the last one left, the city approved a $157,000 contract with consultant Magellan Advisors in August 2013 to study options for spurring broadband investment — as well as mapping out and valuing existing resources, including a ring of fiber that loops around the city for use in first-responder communications and city-owned conduits through which more fiber could flow.
Some cities, like Chattanooga, Tenn., have launched municipally owned networks run like utilities, while others have explored nonprofit networks or public-private partnerships.
Acting Chief Technology Officer Jerome Mullen said the results of Magellan's study are expected by the end of this year and could color future efforts to consider those various models. While municipal networks have been successful in some communities, for example, it's not clear how well it would work in a city of Baltimore's size, he said. Magellan officials declined to comment.
"They're analyzing the market in Baltimore to try to figure out, is there a demand for certain types of services that could leverage these assets? What are business models the city could use?" Mullen said.
Comcast and Verizon, the dominant Internet providers in the city, both said they aim to connect customers to the fastest technology possible. But neither has plans to connect homes and businesses directly to fiber, as the campaign seeks.
Verizon spokeswoman Sandra Arnette said the company has no plans to extend its FiOS fiber network into the city beyond limited parts where it already exists, mostly for customers who had frequent problems with copper-wire-based networks.
Comcast spokeswoman Aimee Metrick said the company has built a fiber backbone to its local network and offers residential customers a selection of speed tiers ranging from 3 megabits per second to 505 megabits per second. The company also promotes an Internet Essentials program, which offers low-income customers Internet access for $10 per month.
Regardless of what city officials, Comcast or Verizon do, the campaign organizers said they plan to work with fiber companies however possible. Two such companies, which Spevak would not name, have contacted the campaign, he said.
"I think if the city decides that it is not willing or it's not able to be a municipal broadband, that's not a showstopper at all for our campaign," Spevak said.
Here is an article from 10 years ago and look at the national and global corporations being brought into Maryland and Baltimore to do the work of our Maryland and Baltimore Public Works Department. When public works lays cable citizens control how it is laid, it stops outsourcing jobs all over the nation, and it creates the first link in oversight and accountability -----quality of equipment and cable, quality of installation, and oversight into how revenue flows to these projects. In Baltimore there is absolutely no controls or oversight and we lose big every time. Corporations from Florida and NY are not necessarily from those states---they are as likely to be global corporations with branches in those states.
'in the coming telecommunications free-for-all'.
I don't think citizens feel it is a free-for-all as we see the growing threat of global online businesses, the selling of vital low-frequency airwaves needed for high-speed internet to global corporations. As I stated at the top citizens in Baltimore are already experiencing dropped calls on their Smart Phones tied to high-speed internet-----our WiFi links are now limited to how much data can be downloaded including streaming video----you can watch a few minutes of that video and then it is dropped.
DO WE THINK GLOBAL COMCAST AND GLOBAL BGE/EXELON ARE REALLY BUILDING OUR PUBLIC TELECOMMUNICATIONS' INFRASTRUCTURE WITH CITIZENS AND SMALL BUSINESS IN MIND? OF COURSE NOT.
During this decade we had Reagan neo-liberal Republican Erhlich and Reagan/Clinton neo-liberal Republican O'Malley and a Maryland Assembly of the same pushing all this outsourcing/partnerships tied to vital Maryland and Baltimore infrastructure when we have had decades of rate payers paying plenty to have had our BALTIMORE AND MARYLAND PUBLIC WORKS done this work.
Underground boom is hitting Maryland
June 04, 1995|By Michael Dresser | Michael Dresser,Sun Staff WriterDarnell Harrington is helping to rewire Maryland for the 21st century.
A big, brawny man, he stood one recent Friday on Shawan Road near Interstate 83, a flexible orange plastic tube looped around his waist. Through that tube snaked yard after yard of thick black cable made up of 60 glass strands -- each capable of carrying vast streams of voice, video and data from Hunt Valley to the world outside.
It was another day, another mile for Mr. Harrington and the rest of the crew from Baltimore-based CableCo, one of dozens of companies that are building a vast new communications infrastructure for Maryland. It's a booming business, with telephone and cable companies rushing to build state-of-the-art
networks to compete in the coming telecommunications free-for-all.
"We've been all over the place," said Allen Witherspoon, a construction worker in the CableCo crew. "From Washington, D.C., back to Baltimore."
The work is largely invisible to most Marylanders, but cumulatively the rewiring of Maryland is an enormous construction project -- a kind of subterranean Camden Yards. Crews are working day and night digging trenches, laying cable along highways, stringing it from poles or running it from manhole to manhole under city streets.
There are some visible signs of the work. If you regularly drive along Maryland's major highways between rush hours, you might have wondered why you keep running into traffic backups because of closed lanes. Often, it's not road work but a crew burying cable.
This is congestion with an economic payoff, however. Maryland officials say there are no firm figures on how much money or how many jobs these cable-laying projects are bringing to the state, but clearly they are putting dinner on the table for hundreds if not thousands of Marylanders.
"It pays the bills and it keeps you in shape," said Mr. Harrington, a laid-off security guard who says laying cable pays a lot better than his former job.
Fiber-optic networks are under construction all over the country, but Maryland is "most definitely a hotbed" of activity, said Kevin Pelletier, construction manager for Premier Cable Communications Co., a Florida-based company that is laying cable for Comcast Corp. in Howard County.
A major reason is Maryland's early embrace of competition in the local telephone industry.
The state's open door to potential challengers to the Bell Atlantic monopoly and its willingness to make its rights of way available for telecommunications have encouraged a variety of new players to build state-of-the-art fiber-optic networks here.
At the same time, the emerging competition has energized some local cable companies -- notably Comcast, which is pouring more than $100 million into rebuilding its three cable systems in the Baltimore area.
The project will involve laying some 2,000 miles of conventional coaxial cable and another 1,000 miles of fiber-optic cable, said Comcast regional vice president Stephen Burch.
CableCo, with 16 employees, has worked as a contractor or subcontractor for Comcast, United Artists Cable of Baltimore, MCI and New York-based Teleport Communications Group.
For now, TCG's core business is giving companies an alternative to Bell Atlantic Corp. for connecting to long distance networks.
But within the next year or two, the company is expected to be competing head-to-head with Bell Atlantic for local service as part of an alliance between long-distance carrier Sprint Corp. and cable operators Comcast Corp., Tele-Communications Inc. and Cox Cable Enterprises.
TCG general manager Larry Bugden said his company has subcontracted its network construction to 100-150 local workers and is "keeping them pretty busy." And he said that as long as the regulatory climate remains hospitable, there's no end in sight to the company's investment.
"It's an ever-expanding network," he said.
TCG is not alone. MCI Communications Corp. and MFS Communications Corp. also have received the go-ahead from the state Public Service Commission to compete with Bell Atlantic in the business arena, and both have been planting cable along roads and highways throughout central Maryland. Even Baltimore Gas & Electric Co., which has no announced telecommunications plans or partnerships, has been quietly building a cable network capable of carrying much more traffic than it can use internally.
Later this year, TCI's United Artists Cable of Baltimore is expected to announce an extensive network upgrade. And Bell Atlantic, despite recent delays, is expected to soon clarify its plans for what could be the largest project of all -- a fully digital, two-way video network in the Washington suburbs and Baltimore.
As these networks are built out, the work will eventually slow down, but local cable construction executives say they are too busy to think much about that now.
As you see below the American people are being given no explanation as to why our 21 century telecommunications infrastructure is now failing most citizens across many telecommunications venues. I talked at length about the SMART CITIES development of International Economic Zones where WiFi is made available all over the city-----NYC is touting this----even as we know WiFi will not serve the needs of citizens. So, we will see more and more rate increases pushing more and more citizens to these lowest quality of internet services with almost no access to high-speed or ordinary services Americans receive now.
Does this wireless helpline person know this---YES----TECHIES NO MOST ABOUT THE DYNAMICS OF MONOPOLY IN OUR TELECOMMUNICATIONS.
So, too the techies at the top of the professional ladder here in Baltimore. We have non-profits again who are posing progressive in pushing all these online accesses and demanding Verizon and Comcast come to Baltimore but not telling anyone where telecomm infrastructure has been going this past decade THANKS TO ALL BALTIMORE POLS TO MARYLAND ASSEMBLY AND BALTIMORE CITY HALL WHO PASS ALL THESE LAWS AND SEND ALL THIS REVENUE TO THESE BAD PARTNERSHIPS.
I hear this all over Baltimore and no one is telling citizens that this is global Johns Hopkins and its global health, education, and global NSA internet security corporations taking control of all our high-speed internet.
OMG! wifi signal keeps dropping
Last response: February 9, 2015 7:36 PM in Wireless Networking
October 9, 2014 1:20:52 AM
so i bought a wireless repeater to extend my wifi. and ever since i installed it my wifi signal keeps being dropped. my ps3 keeps losing connection to the wifi and so does my phone.
what do, toms?More about : omg wifi signal dropping
October 9, 2014 12:25:32 PM
why is no one helping?
October 9, 2014 12:35:15 PM
Not sure if there's anything you can even do about that. Its like trying to drag out an already stretched rope, the extended end wont hold well. For gaming, I recommend using an ethernet cable. If not possible, move your router closer to your PS3. But a repeater wont help at all unless you're well within range of the router (and of course, well within the range of the repeater).
Signal being dropped
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stepin Apr 17, 2013 10:53 AM I live in Effingham County, Georgia. I have the Droid Incredible 2 by HTC 4G, in the last month my phone has been dropping calls when I get within 5 miles from where I live. I have never had this problem until a month ago. I have called verizon several times about this issue but they keep telling me there is nothing wrong with the towers or my phone. One tech told me to buy a network extender, not sure if it will do any good since calls are losing signal starting 5 miles away from my home. They even told me my service seems to be better than it has before. Is anyone else having this problem and what can be done to fix it?
Global corporations and Wall Street global corporate neo-liberals with Republicans are creating what they knew 10 years ago would become this 21st century telecommunications network. Johns Hopkins is an academic partner as are all Ivy League universities now nothing more than corporate R and D product and patenting mills. They indeed are the source of all data download, analysis, selling of data, and controlling who gets access when.
Johns Hopkins had Federal funding for a SUPER-COMPUTER to be installed a few years ago by Obama and Clinton neo-liberals in Congress as the SMART CITY CENTRAL for our US International Economic Zone in Baltimore. All of this data capacity will be HUGE-----think about all government pushed online and all that data flowing through these super-computers and add to that all the global online corporate health, education, cyber-security and data protection corporations and you see what 21st century telecommunications infrastructure is being built to do. THIS STARTED WHEN US CITIES WERE DESIGNATED INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC ZONES IN LATE 80s UNDER REAGAN AND EARLY 90s UNDER CLINTON-----BOTH FAR-RIGHT WALL STREET GLOBAL CORPORATE NEO-LIBERALS. Of course Republicans were pushing all this as hard as they could.
Below you see it happening in Europe----it is happening in all International Economic Zones in Asia and Latin America----and its goal will have all high-speed and internet access tied to global corporations and their businesses. Add to that surveillance and spying whether in our communities or industrial spying globally----and you see where Wall Street players are taking our telecommunications.
The Smart Cities project is creating an innovation network between cities and academic partners to develop and deliver better e-services to citizens and businesses in the North Sea Region.Smart Cities work featured in new book on Smart Cities in Europe
As part of their regional work for the Smart Cities projects, researchers at Edinburgh Napier developed a customisation process that can monitor and evaluate the consumption of energy and carbon emissions involved in retrofit proposals for housing stock.
Submitted by Dave on February 16, 2012 - 12:46. | DANS cluster kick-off conference “Implementing the Digital Agenda in the North Sea Region"The aim of the DANS Cluster Kick-off conference is to bring the Digital Agenda for Europe to a more regional level and to show how activities and projects implemented in the frame of the Interreg North Sea Region Programme can contribute to it.
Submitted by admin on November 23, 2011 - 08:43. | Creating smarter cities: delivering smarter servicesOn September 13-15 2011 the Smart Cities project held a three-day conference in Brussels to explore how cities can develop and deliver better e-services to citizens and businesses.
Submitted by Dave on October 17, 2011 - 10:44. | Outdoor Bluetooth-Terminal User Survey Successfully Completed Bremerhaven, September 2011. The functionality of the ten outdoor info terminals equipped with bluetooth-technology were exemplarily tested at the central location „Hafeninsel“. From June to August 2011, 26 test persons participated in the questionnaire survey with their personal mobile phones. The participants were tourists and citizens of Bremerhaven.
Submitted by Franziska on October 5, 2011 - 08:03. | Smart Cities Launches European LG Service ListEuropean Service and Function Lists produced by the Smart Cities project were launched and demonstrated at the project's Conference in Brussels on 14 September 2011 as part of the esd-toolkit.eu website.
Submitted by Mike_Thacker on September 22, 2011 - 10:24. | Final Conference Smart Cities puts service delivery in the spotlightsLast week the Smart Cities project was ceremoniously closed during a 3-day final conference. More than 200 participants from 16 countries listened to the best strategies and practices for the development of personalized and user-oriented services.
Submitted by jeroenthibaut on September 21, 2011 - 12:47. | Improving Business Processes and Delivering Better E-Services - A guide from Smart CitiesDo you know your business and e-service solutions? Is your IT aligned with your business to support, enable and deliver your services? Your business processes define your ability and potential to provide customers and employees with effective and high quality services and solutions. Your processes influence your performance, your service delivery and what administrative support is available for your service offerings.
This document outlines a model, or framework, which can help you to improve your existing business processes to support and develop your e-services. The Common Process Model comprises a set of preconditions, directives, guidelines and templates that will help employees in different roles to identify, measure and improve the performance of the business processes that make up your e-service solutions.
Submitted by Dave on September 11, 2011 - 21:17. | Creating Municipal ICT Architectures - A reference guide from Smart CitiesE-government operations require citizens and external organisations to receive appropriate e-services, delivered by an organisation’s automated business processes and supported by information and communication technologies (ICT). This area of service management can be reinforced and strengthened, however, by using architectures: business architectures, information systems architectures, technology architectures and the processes used to produce them.
Submitted by Dave on September 8, 2011 - 12:17. | Creating Customer Contact Centres Guide launchedAcross Europe municipalities are facing a wide range of challenges as businesses and citizens demand better, more efficient and more flexible services. Municipalities are working hard to become more customer-driven, and to change how they deliver services to respond better to their customers’ demands.
Submitted by Dave on September 7, 2011 - 10:15. | New info terminals at Bremerhaven Bus Stops Installed and put into OperationBremerhaven, August 2011. At the Steering Committee Meeting this May in Bremerhaven the Bluetooth and WLAN- activities, the components of the work packages from the Smart Cities project (WP3 and WP4) were visited and presented in the context of the entire touristic information system for Bremerhaven.
You should go to this webpage site to see the global corporate 1% and their plans of cities for citizens. You will notice all of the financial backing for these global telecommunications groups are global corporations and these goals have nothing to do with citizens accessing the internet for their needs.
If you know this global corporate non-profit exists and is tying itself to all International Economic Zones---you know they are in our US cities doing the same and this is the source of all corporate non-profits that control what I call POSING PROGRESSIVE groups pretending all this is about building a 21st century telecommunications infrastructure for CITIZENS.
This is completely controlled in Baltimore by a very, very, very neo-conservative Johns Hopkins and their Wall Street Baltimore Development pols so you see why Baltimore Development non--profits posing progressive highlight only establishment candidates in these Baltimore Mayoral forums----
It will be communities of color feeling this first as small business and connectivity becomes impossible----but as I stated all citizens and small businesses will be pushed out and this will make creating small business economies in each community harder----unless we move away from this attachment to online communications only.
With a World Congress like this----why do we need a US Congress-----Oh, that's right-----US International Economic Zones and Trans Pacific Trade Pact takes all national, state, and local sovereignty away making our national Congress simply reporting to a global corporate tribunal-----like this one.
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If you think building city infrastructure that ties every aspect of a citizens' life to online data centers controlled by global corporations-----you need to WAKE UP. Johns Hopkins is not a benevolent dictator-----who has built a global empire off the backs of BAltimore citizens and especially those that should have received Federal funding these few decades. Do we really want all our pre-paid funds for things like Smart Cards for buses, bikes, all library printing, parking meters on and on-----tied to this global corporate data bank which at any time can censor and limit access------grow rates -----commit fraud and profiteering with citizens having no access to justice since-----global corporations are attached to all Baltimore City agencies.
We have already seen the growing cyber-security threats to every level of online business----from hackers stealing money and credit card info----to hackers stealing data----and often these hackers are working for global corporations as industrial spying is soaring. All our Federal, state, and local revenue is now being sent to build cyber-security for all this global corporate structure knowing it is next to impossible to protect. They will keep pushing more and more people off internet access until they control who is hired -----as we saw with the Manning and Snowden cases.
THIS IS NOT A MARCH TO FREEDOM----IT IS A FAR-RIGHT MARCH TO TOTAL CONTROL OF ALL ASPECTS OF OUR LIVES. SOCIAL DEMOCRATS WILL REVERSE THIS---WALL STREET GLOBAL POLS WILL ADVANCE THIS.
Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for a New Utopia Hardcover – October 7, 2013
by Anthony M. Townsend (Author)
An unflinching look at the aspiring city-builders of our smart, mobile, connected future.
We live in a world defined by urbanization and digital ubiquity, where mobile broadband connections outnumber fixed ones, machines dominate a new "internet of things," and more people live in cities than in the countryside.In Smart Cities, urbanist and technology expert Anthony Townsend takes a broad historical look at the forces that have shaped the planning and design of cities and information technologies from the rise of the great industrial cities of the nineteenth century to the present. A century ago, the telegraph and the mechanical tabulator were used to tame cities of millions. Today, cellular networks and cloud computing tie together the complex choreography of mega-regions of tens of millions of people.
In response, cities worldwide are deploying technology to address both the timeless challenges of government and the mounting problems posed by human settlements of previously unimaginable size and complexity. In Chicago, GPS sensors on snow plows feed a real-time "plow tracker" map that everyone can access. In Zaragoza, Spain, a "citizen card" can get you on the free city-wide Wi-Fi network, unlock a bike share, check a book out of the library, and pay for your bus ride home. In New York, a guerrilla group of citizen-scientists installed sensors in local sewers to alert you when stormwater runoff overwhelms the system, dumping waste into local waterways.
As technology barons, entrepreneurs, mayors, and an emerging vanguard of civic hackers are trying to shape this new frontier, Smart Cities considers the motivations, aspirations, and shortcomings of them all while offering a new civics to guide our efforts as we build the future together, one click at a time.