On privacy and contact tracing

Contact tracing, the process by which health authorities can identify those at risk of infection by virtue of proximity to a known case of a virus, has long been a pillar of pandemic response. With radio-enabled mobile devices now globally ubiquitous, it comes as little surprise to see that they are playing a role in the evolution of contact tracing methods. Contact tracing is only … Continue reading On privacy and contact tracing

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The urban impact of 5G

5G is coming. The next generation of mobile broadband data network is being discussed in almost every context you can imagine, from technology to healthcare to sociology to urbanism. But what is it, what does it enable, and how is it relevant to the citizens of urban places? And therefore, what does it mean to those designing and moulding the cities in which we live? … Continue reading The urban impact of 5G

Big Data in Urban Morphology

In this paper Geoff Boeing examines ways in which the Smart Cities paradigm can leverage publicly sourced datasets to enhance traditional forms of urban form analysis and visualisation to further our understanding of urban morphology. The paper outlines how a library called OSMnx can be used in a Python development environment to pull datasets from OpenStreetMap and visualise in, for example, figure-ground diagrams and rose … Continue reading Big Data in Urban Morphology