Mark Thomas - New Mayor for Auckland

Cities Need To Work Smarter To Be More Liveable For Citizens

The World’s most fragile cities

As cities around the world grow, the World Economic Forum recently republished an article on where collapse is more likely. The whole world didn’t need to be shown. Africa, despite the health and education progress a number of its countries have made, is the main region where collapse is most likely. Although the Middle East, Central America, and Southeast Asia do contain cities with this risk too. A global security analyst, Robert…

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Are Smart and Private Irreconciliable?

Are our cities become smarter, is our privacy inevitability threatened? The Forum for Privacy has produced some good graphics showing how things are developing. Sharing information across our telco connections and among utility providers is already widely and easily accepted. Information is increasingly being shared within our transport system but the rate that this is increasing is causing some concerns. But what about even more expanded government use of our data…

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Planning For Inevitable Sea Level Rise

If greenhouse gas emissions were stablised today, it’s a virtual certainty that sea levels would continue to rise past 2100. This was the sobering assessment of the Senior World Bank environmental consultant Susmita Dasgupta when she presented recently on the impact of climate change on coastal vulnerability. She has undertaken a detailed study of the risks facing Bangladesh so as to develop a model that can be applied to numerous…

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