I’ll explore six “inconvenient truths” in this article to describe why I think that’s the case; and what we can do about it:
- The “Smart City” isn’t a technology concept; it’s the political challenge of adapting one of the most powerful economic and social forces of our time to the needs of the places where most of us live and work.
- Cities won’t get smart if their leaders aren’t involved.
- We can’t leave Smart Cities to the market, we need the courage to shape the market.
- Smart cities aren’t top down or bottom up. They’re both.
- We need to tell honest stories.
- No-one will do this for us – we have to act for ourselves.
I’ve used Netvibes as an RSS reader for years. I particularly how easy it is to sync my attentional priorities to my on-screen info-flow by dragging higher priority tabs to the left and positioning the most important feeds at the top of their tab pages. If I am more pressed for time, I can just skim the headlines in the leftmost tab and/or topmost row of feeds (of course the actual way one positions feeds and tabs is arbitrary — the point is to pay attention to your priorities and go through the actions of rearranging your information flows to match. It’s a tool for taking control of both the screen-side and mind-side aspects of infotention. This new service appears to be an expansion of the dashboard capabilities to include something similar to (and Netvibes claims more powerful than) IFTTT — which I confess I have not done more than dabbled in.
Real-time, $39 a month, Basque and Bengali to another 78 languages.
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