Books Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for a New Utopia," by Anthony M. Townsend

Published on August 7th, 2013 | by Travis Korte

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Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for a New Utopia

From sewers to railroads to electricity, technology has long informed the way we build and interact with cities. Smart Cities, by author Anthony M. Townsend, looks at the past and future of this phenomenon, through the lens of urban planning. In particular, the book assesses how cities are deploying technologies such as sensors, wireless networks, and data analytics  to provide services to citizens. Townsend, a visiting professor at NYU and the director of technology at the think tank Institute for the Future, examines technology deployments in cities around the world and details the new forms of civic engagement they have created.

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About the Author

Travis Korte is a research analyst at the Center for Data Innovation specializing in data science applications and open data. He has a background in journalism, computer science and statistics. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, he launched the Science vertical of The Huffington Post and served as its Associate Editor, covering a wide range of science and technology topics. He has worked on data science projects with HuffPost and other organizations. Before this, he graduated with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley, having studied critical theory and completed coursework in computer science and economics. His research interests are in computational social science and using data to engage with complex social systems. You can follow him on Twitter @traviskorte.



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