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  • The smart city tech most at risk for cyberattacks: report

    University of California at Berkeley researchers said certain traffic lights and emergency alert systems are among the most vulnerable. 

    By Chris Teale • March 26, 2021
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    Eden, Janine and Jim. (2020). "Waiting for Second Avenue Traffic" [Photograph]. Retrieved from Flickr.

    Suburbs saw drastic changes to pedestrian activity in 2020: report

    As the rate of pedestrian activity outside city centers grew by 50% in some places, pedestrians just outside Orlando's city center were 19 times more likely to be hit by a driver, StreetLight Data reports. 

    By March 19, 2021
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    Citizen Engagement

    With connection more important than ever, cities are tapping innovative tools and strategies to inform and engage their citizens and get feedback on their biggest concerns.

    By Smart Cities Dive staff
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    City leaders call for end to 'digital redlining'

    Nearly 100 elected officials and a swath of advocacy groups have urged the FCC to investigate the digital divide in communities of color nationwide. 

    By Chris Teale • March 17, 2021
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    Coghlan, Michael. (2020). "Library Truck" [Photograph]. Retrieved from Flickr.

    Libraries to receive record federal aid to address digital divide

    The American Rescue Plan includes billions in eligible funding for libraries, which have been key partners to cities in providing internet access to patrons.

    By March 12, 2021
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    House Democrats' bill would invest $94B to expand broadband internet

    The LIFT America Act includes $80 billion to connect underserved areas in the U.S. and would provide $9.3 billion to make service affordable for all.

    By Chris Teale • March 12, 2021
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    Zykov, Aleksandr. (2020). "Portland" [Photograph]. Retrieved from Flickr.

    The end of another Sidewalk Labs-linked project highlights smart city sticking point

    Portland Metro dropped its initiative with data platform Replica over privacy disagreements, a common obstacle that experts say local leaders can learn from.  

    By March 11, 2021
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    Cincinnati Innovation District serves as model for Ohio cities

    The innovation district, which just celebrated its first anniversary, has already inspired similar hubs in Columbus and Cleveland and has made headway on its goal to create $3 billion in economic impact.

    By Chris Teale • March 9, 2021
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    Archer to expand air taxi network to Miami

    Mayor Francis Suarez says the service, which is set to launch in 2024, will help people navigate water-locked areas and improve congestion. 

    By Chris Teale • Updated March 10, 2021
  • Postmates' robotics division splits off, becomes Serve Robotics

    Serve Robotics closed its first funding round, with participation by Uber, and will continue operating the autonomous delivery robots in cities as the market is expected to grow to $34 million by 2024. 

    By Emma Liem Beckett • March 4, 2021
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    Santa Monica, CA aims to create zero-emissions delivery zone playbook

    The city and the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator's pilot seeks to support local climate goals while solving for curbside woes exacerbated by the pandemic's delivery surge.

    By March 3, 2021
  • Airbnb reports $3.89B loss, predicts digital nomads will spark recovery

    In the company's first post-IPO earnings call, officials said Airbnb is resilient enough to weather COVID-19 and that flexible work arrangements will push more people onto the platform. 

    By Chris Teale • March 2, 2021
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    Andrew. (2011). "Los Angeles" [Photograph]. Retrieved from Flickr.

    Federal judge dismisses lawsuit against LADOT data sharing requirements

    Two Los Angeles scooter riders sued over the city's Mobility Data Specifications, citing privacy and unreasonable search concerns. But the case was dismissed, clearing a path forward for the requirement. 

    By Chris Teale • March 1, 2021
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    Local leaders reckon with ShotSpotter's ambiguous ROI

    ShotSpotter CEO Ralph Clark said the company saw 12% YOY revenue growth in 2020, during a recent earnings call. Meanwhile, some experts question the tech's efficacy as cities face strapped budgets and high homicide rates.

    By Feb. 26, 2021
  • Airbnb joins frenzy of tech firms landing in Atlanta

    The company will open a technical hub in the city to serve as a regional base for "hundreds" of employees to support the local workforce.

    By Kristin Musulin • Feb. 22, 2021
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    Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners

    Georgia smart city living lab unveils 5G incubator

    Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners partnered with T-Mobile and Georgia Tech to help developers build test cases for 5G technology like drones and robotics. 

    By Chris Teale • Feb. 19, 2021
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    A smart city consultant takes the lead on a county's vaccine rollout

    Former Kansas City, MO Chief Innovation Officer Bob Bennett oversees vaccines for Wyandotte County, KS, and is using his 'smart city' experience for an efficient, equitable distribution.

    By Chris Teale • Feb. 18, 2021
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    Minneapolis bans facial recognition to dismay of city police

    The Minneapolis City Council passed a surveillance ordinance that police say was "crafted and approved without any consideration" from the department.

    By Kristin Musulin • Feb. 17, 2021
  • Miami vies for the title of 'Bitcoin City'

    Along with proposing the use of cryptocurrency in city governance, Mayor Francis Suarez introduced Venture Miami and appointed the city's first VC-in-residence — all in a matter of days.

    By Kristin Musulin • Feb. 16, 2021
  • Boring Co. proposal for 4-mile California loop advances

    The San Bernardino County Transportation Authority voted unanimously to move forward with the proposal from the Elon Musk-owned company.

    By Zachary Phillips • Feb. 11, 2021
  • Ford bets $29B on leading the 'electric vehicle revolution'

    CEO Jim Farley said on an earnings call that the automaker has more than doubled its commitment to spend on automation and electrification until 2025.

    By Chris Teale • Feb. 9, 2021
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    Barnes, Elvert. (2021). "IMG_8075" [Photograph]. Retrieved from Flickr.

    Police departments face scrutiny for COVID relief spending

    From Honolulu to Grand Rapids, MI, city police departments are under the microscope for potentially controversial purchases with pandemic relief dollars.

    By Feb. 9, 2021
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    Oakland, CA to reconsider 'totally unproven' ShotSpotter tech

    Oakland Privacy Commission Chair Brian Hofer says he recognizes some benefits of ShotSpotter, such as getting police to crime scenes faster — but he isn’t so sure it’s worth the money.

    By Kate Kaye • Feb. 9, 2021
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    City Surveillance Watch: Setting Guardrails

    In the final episode of this three-part series, reporter Kate Kaye assesses existing government policy and law for surveillance tech. (Spoiler: there isn’t much.)

    By Kate Kaye • Feb. 8, 2021
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    Episode resources and links

    A comprehensive list of reports, studies, articles and policy information referenced in the City Surveillance Watch audio series.

    By Smart Cities Dive • Feb. 8, 2021
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    Privacy concerns still loom over Detroit's Project Green Light

    As the green light network expands to over 700 Detroit locations, concerned citizens argue the program is reminiscent of public safety pay-to-play.

    By Kate Kaye • Feb. 1, 2021