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As Cities go High-Tech, Hackers more Dangerous

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Remember when a major U.S. city’s computer infrastructure was hacked, and held ransom, by a group of cyber criminals? It’s very possible that Atlanta’s battle with this new type of online threat last month—hackers gained control and shut down the city’s computer system for days—went unnoticed due to the recent rapid-fire news …

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Uber Adding Safety Features to App

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Uber is adding features to its app aimed at keeping riders feel safer, and announced a former Homeland Security secretary will lead its board of safety advisors. “Helping keep people safe is a huge responsibility, and one we do not take lightly, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said in a blog …

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Smart Cities: Brits Looking for 5G Test City

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The British government is seeking cities with populations of around 500,000 people to apply to become a 5G infrastructure testbed. The application period closes in June. The chosen city will test 5G technology in areas such as health, mobility and manufacturing to determine how the infrastructure can make cities safer, …

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Smart Cities Need Digital Literacy to Thrive

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The path forward for smart cities is not without its obstacles and challenges, many of them far removed from the worlds of tech, and instead more linked to the societal, political and financial factors. Kimberly LaGrue, chief information officer in New Orleans, recalled a community event when one resident said, …

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