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The state spends more on monitoring its people than guarding against foreign threats
Cities and governments divided on migration; smart tech and surveillance in China; architects’ designs for rebuilding Syria; mayors tackle global problems; how ‘left behind’ areas can catch up; designing for disabled people; treating knife crime as a disease; testing driverless cars in retirement towns; floating cities
Eye-catching data services do not always improve citizens’ lives. The most innovative are the least obvious
Apps and services that work in one town are laughable in another
Local industry is growing fast but there are signs of a pushback
Plans to build a tech-fired Utopia in Toronto are gaining momentum — as privacy fears grow
It's a tough city, but worth spending time in.
Human and social capital and real assets should be focus of Prosper Africa
Plans for new cities include temperature-controlled pavements and self-sorting refuse chutes — but can too much order be a bad thing?
Global telcos are racing to be the first to take 5G mainstream – and national regulators have the power to sway who wins. ‘Smart’ cities edge ever closer as satellite and other technologies offer new ways to interconnect urban infrastructure. As space becomes more crowded, investors sniff opportunities for profit
Range, cost and speed will determine the best tools for each job
Entrepreneurs’ minds turn to the importance of security in cities of the future
Urban areas have become the main arenas in which our governance is decided
Technology enables seamless journeys and payment but threatens investment
Transformation of rural backwater into the new Shenzhen is still some way off
Beijing plans to be the world leader in the technology by 2030. The contest will come down to who can better manipulate the data
Traditional lighting is shrinking but the LED business is expanding too slowly to compensate
Trial sensor scheme aimed at smoothing traffic flows could be rolled out nationally
Mark Miodownik on how smart materials could transform our infrastructure
Mobile phones no longer dominate Mobile World Congress in Barcelona
US state leads the way with dongle that charges drivers by the mile
It is a fallacy to think that more data, by itself, can make life better