Civic Information Systems

The modern city is built not just upon physical infrastructure, but also patterns and flows of information that are always growing and transforming.  We are only now beginning to develop the tools that allow us to see these patterns of information over huge spans of time and space, or in any local context in realtime.

Just as the industrial age transformed cities with the addition of towers to the skyline and far-reaching transit networks, the digital age will bring new urban-scale infrastructure into  everyday experience.  Where the products of industrial urban evolution were huge physical manifestations that celebrated the magnitude of urban culture, the digital era is instead producing equally impressive manifestations that live “in the cloud”.

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  1. [...] Systems Literacy & Civic Information Systems – can data visualization of complex interactions in the city lead citizens to get a better grasp [...]

  2. Don Hopkins says:

    How about applying Hans Monderman’s road traffic design model to network protocol and packet switching hardware design?

    Remove regulatory traffic control features such as RSVP, ICMP, ARP, BGP, DCCP, SCTP, etc.
    Network centers would be “shared spaces” where packets slow down, look each other in the eyes, and negotiate their movements directly with each other, to safely and efficiently reach their goals.

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