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Cities in the Age of the Platform


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This presentation looks at what 'The Age of the Platform' means for smart city policy challenges and opportunities. Presented as a Keynote Address a the Media Architecture Biennale held as part of Sydney's Vivid Festival in June 2016.

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Cities in the Age of the Platform

  1. 1. Cities in the Age of the Platform Getting the Deal Right on City Data Smart Cities and Urban Innovation Forum UNSW 1 June 2016 Dr. Sarah Barns, Urban Studies Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow Western Sydney University Director, Esem Projects Future Cities Advisor, Data61/CSIRO
  2. 2. ‘Life on Demand’ Media habits in daily life
  3. 3. Metcalfe’s Law: value of a network is proportional to the square of the number of connected users to the network
  4. 4. ‘A new science of cities’ “New sources of data coordinated with urban policy can be applied following fundamental principles of engineering to achieve new solutions to important age-old urban problems” – Luis Bettencourt, Santa Fe Institute THE STUDY OF THE CITY AS A SYSTEM…to help it become more productive, livable, equitable and resilient
  5. 5. “Not since the planting of cobblestones, the laying of water mains, or the roll out of sewage pipes have we installed such a vast and versatile new infrastructure for controlling and organising our physical world” Anthony Townsend, Smart Cities, 2013
  6. 6. In 2012, for the first time ever, the TED Prize went not to an individual, but to an idea on which our planet's future depends: the City 2.0
  7. 7. “[From] 2012 it made less and less sense to talk about 'the Internet’, 'the PC business,' 'telephones,' 'Silicon Valley,' or 'the media,' and much more sense to just study Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft. These big five American vertically organized silos are re-making the world in their image. ” -Bruce Stirling speaking to Kevin Kelly (Wired)
  8. 8. Combine technology layer, data layer and community layer. APIs build ecosystems of producers and consumers that deliver services to each other on a common platform. Platforms are software-driven innovation ecosystem
  9. 9. ‘The Age of the Platform-Play’
  10. 10. What does the Age of the Platform mean for smart cities?
  11. 11. Smart Cities in The Age of the Platform
  12. 12. “Nurturing platforms requires thinking at the nexus of software design and business strategy” “The architecture of a platform is inseparable from how it ought to be governed” —Amrit Tiwana “Platforms are only as useful as the communities that use them” —Tom Baker
  13. 13. second wave of digital transformation in government – Gov.Uk’ ‘Government as a Platform’
  14. 14. Data Services Constantine Kontokosta & team
  15. 15. “Underlying every other crisis in the city was an information crisis.” – Detroit (Jerry Paffendorf)
  17. 17. Integrating open data with performance monitoring and governance?
  18. 18. Governments lack access to essential data to improve data-driven decision making Dealing with data shadows…
  19. 19. Document & measure impact Match public challenge areas & data custodians in trusted environments Convene data providers and users Experiment and scale Data Collaboratives Source: Gov Lab, Verherst
  20. 20. Technology & data services Digital Entrepreneur s City Governments Citizens & Researchers
  21. 21. Thank you! @_sarahbarns