Curated Cities News

These are the news items that I have curated during the monitoring of the API space that have some relevance to the Cities conversation and I wanted to include in my research. I am using all of these links to better understand how the space is defining not just their APIs, but their schema, and other moving parts of their API operations.

Table of Contents 365 RFCs (12-29-2019)
Mark Zuckerberg still won't ban 'political' ads from Facebook (10-30-2019)
Facebook isnt free speech, its algorithmic amplification optimized for outrage (10-20-2019)
Announcing MapTiler Cloud geocoding API (09-11-2019)
Default Password for GPS Trackers (09-06-2019)
How Smart Cities are Lighting up our World (09-05-2019)
New homepage and improved collaboration features for AI Hub (09-05-2019)
Structured Data Files v5 now available in the DoubleClick Bid Manager API (09-03-2019)
Standards drive innovation and user experience (09-02-2019)
Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities (08-31-2019)
New Botnet Targets Android Set (08-28-2019)
Facebook once again tightens requirements for US political advertisers (08-28-2019)
Kitty Hawk CEO Sebastian Thrun is coming to Disrupt SF (08-27-2019)
Kadena brings free private blockchain service to Azure Marketplace (08-27-2019)
Harnessing the power of the Location of Things with Azure Maps (08-26-2019)
How to Avoid Cost Pitfalls by Monitoring APIs in AWS Lambda (08-23-2019)
Backup service IDrive launches a face recognition API for developers (08-23-2019)
IBM Announce Quantum Safe Encryption (08-23-2019)
Partner Perspective: We Are Listening (08-23-2019)
Meet Mindar, the robotic Buddhist priest (08-22-2019)
Porsche invests in low visibility sensor startup TriEye (08-21-2019)
The Technology 202: Facebook attracts swift blowback from report on anti (08-21-2019)
Waymo releases a self (08-21-2019)
Introducing the Wild West of Federal Government Websites (08-21-2019)
Facebooks Libra Association is being investigated by EU antitrust regulators (08-20-2019)
Ownership, evictions, and violations: an overview of housing data use cases (08-20-2019)
Facebook will use humans to curate its News Tab (08-20-2019)
Surveillance as a Condition for Humanitarian Aid (08-20-2019)
Study finds US carriers aggressively throttle video streams (08-19-2019)
More than 20 Texas cities and towns have been taken hostage by ransomware (08-19-2019)
On (08-19-2019)
Persistence in Event Driven Architectures (08-19-2019)
API and data visualization out of the box [not so obvious gallery] (08-18-2019)
Found: World (08-14-2019)
Facebook simplifies its Group privacy settings (08-14-2019)
Side (08-14-2019)
TensorFlow 2.0: Dynamic, Readable, and Highly Extended (08-14-2019)
A Historic City Modernizes with IoT (08-01-2019)
Encrypted cities (06-28-2019)
We get Smarter with the Internet of Things (IoT) and so do Cities (01-16-2019)
How the Internet of Things (IoT) Is Creating Smart Cities (01-10-2019)
Exploring NYC Traffic Accidents with Spotfire X (01-10-2019)
How Data Is Influencing Public Services (01-08-2019)
What Happens to Kid Culture When Streets Are Closed to Cars ( (12-29-2018)
The economics and tradeoffs of ad (12-01-2018)
A Smart City Is an Accessible City (11-07-2018)
Neighbourhood Data: Exploring the Role of Open Data in Locally Devolved Policymaking Processes (11-06-2018)
Creating Smart Cities (11-03-2018)
Alphabet's Toronto smart city project is facing privacy concerns (GOOGL) (10-30-2018)
How to Stop Smart Cities From Becoming Surveillance Cities (09-17-2018)
Responsible Data Governance in Smart Cities (09-06-2018)
The Smart Transition: An Opportunity for a Sensor (08-28-2018)
Smart Cities First Task: Get Connected. Then What? (08-23-2018)
Probing the smart city for vulnerabilities (08-23-2018)
Smart Cities Still Offer More Hope Than Reality (08-17-2018)
To the smart city and beyond? Developing a typology of smart urban innovation (08-14-2018)
Smart Cities at Risk from 'Panic Attacks' (08-10-2018)
The Blueprint for Building a Smart City (07-30-2018)
With new tech coming online, cities need a department of urban testing (07-19-2018)
Flowroute Launches Support for E911 and CNAM Through APIs (07-18-2018)
Sneak peek of a smart city (07-13-2018)
This app reads Wikipedia to teach you about the city youre in (07-11-2018)
Smart city platform for Punggol (07-10-2018)
Waze and Esri expand partnership so cities can interpret and apply real (07-10-2018)
Waze will provide traffic data to US cities to help make roads safer (07-10-2018)
Blockchain Powered Solutions in Smart Cities (06-27-2018)
Cities should be smart about smart cities agreements (05-24-2018)
The Next Wave of Smart Cities (05-12-2018)
iCarol deploys Open Referral in new Resource API Open Referral (05-02-2018)
Smart Cities: Who Wins and Who Loses? (04-20-2018)
Smart cities need thick data, not big data (04-18-2018)
Why APIs Matter to Cities (04-12-2018)
TwitterSensing: An Event (04-07-2018)
New Yorker applied machine learning to blocked bike lane problem (03-16-2018)
One (03-12-2018)
Emily Garfield's Watercolor Drawings Map Imaginary Places and Examine the Fractal Shapes of Cities (03-11-2018)
There Is No Such Thing as a Smart City (02-25-2018)
The Architectural Delights of London's Modernist 'Metro (02-22-2018)
Algorithmic zoning could be the answer to cheaper housing and more equitable cities (02-19-2018)
Smarter New York City: How City Agencies Innovate (02-17-2018)
Google conducts test to help 911 accurately locate callers (02-16-2018)
Google and 911 are teaming up to pinpoint your location more accurately (02-16-2018)
Google aims to make 911 call locations more accurate (02-16-2018)
Seattle's Slashes Its Downtown Driving Rate (02-16-2018)
London demonstrates the stupid, janky future of Smart Cities (02-14-2018)
TomTom On (02-07-2018)
TomTom On (02-06-2018)
Urban Big Data: City Management and Real Estate Markets (01-23-2018)
What is 311 Data and Why is it Important? (01-16-2018)
Mapping global accessibility to cities (01-15-2018)
Artificial intelligence and smart cities (01-14-2018)
Data (01-10-2018)
AT&T's new 'smart city' sensors will monitor bridges to make sure they're safe (01-09-2018)
2018 Smart City Predictions (12-15-2017)
Herta: Safe City Project With Facial Recognition in Phuket (12-13-2017)
How to Create a Smart City With IoT and Big Data (12-11-2017)
Smart cities will save us $5 trillion per year: But we have to build them first (12-11-2017)
Smart cities could lead to cost savings of $5 trillion for firms and governments, report claims (12-05-2017)
Introducing DenCity: Worlds First Blockchain Enabled City (12-05-2017)
U.S. Data Innovation Day 2017: Smarter Government, Smarter Communities (12-04-2017)
The citizen in the smart city. How the smart city could transform citizenship (12-01-2017)
November in IoT: MQTT and Smart Cities (11-20-2017)
Smart Cities and Image Recognition (11-17-2017)
How Bourbon and Big Data Are Cleaning Up Louisville (11-16-2017)
Key infrastructure financing program to facilitate smart city projects worldwide (11-15-2017)
Bill Gates is investing $80 million to build a smart city in Arizona (11-14-2017)
Bill Gates firm puts $80 million behind smart city in Arizona (11-13-2017)
Bill Gates Building a Smart City (11-13-2017)
Smart Cities, Smarter Citizens (11-13-2017)
Crowdsourced Smart Cities (11-09-2017)
Smart city initiatives in Africa (11-06-2017)
How National Governments Can Help Smart Cities Succeed (10-29-2017)
Every smart city starts with its network (10-25-2017)
American cities depend on federal data (10-22-2017)
Getting Smart on the Future of Cities (10-18-2017)
Smart cities are boring. Give us responsive cities. (10-14-2017)
New Cybercrime Court Planned for City of London (10-09-2017)
Smart data exchange will bring value to smart city innovation (10-06-2017)
Announcing Cisco Kinetic for Cities: New name, alignment and evolution for Smart+Connected Digital Platform (10-04-2017)
New program wants to improve cities with the power of tweets and Flickr uploads (10-01-2017)
Building the Learning City (09-20-2017)
Saving the Soul of the Smart City (09-17-2017)
Grishin Robotics global bikesharing to make smart cities a reality (09-08-2017)
Building the Learning City (09-05-2017)
The Growing Role of Technology in Smart Cities (08-28-2017)
This Australian capital shows that smart cities will be awesome for everyone (08-26-2017)
Smart cities gain traction in the west (08-10-2017)
Algorithmic Transparency for the Smart City (08-07-2017)
Smart cities have the ability and responsibility to tackle social issues (08-02-2017)
Top 5 Smart City Predictions: AI and the Birth of Self (08-01-2017)
Help the Open Data Charter learn what helps cities (07-21-2017)
Bluetooth mesh networking could connect smart devices city (07-18-2017)
What are the 10 key things that make a city smart? (07-17-2017)
An important, lyrical, critical book about the future of "Smart Cities" (07-13-2017)
Word gets around: Chattanooga adopts Facebook chatbot for open data (07-13-2017)
St. Petersburg Puts City Services on Interactive Map (07-13-2017)
Unbuilt Los Angeles: the city that might have been in pictures (07-12-2017)
A City Is a Data Pool: Blockchains and the Crypto (07-09-2017)
Tackling Challenges in the Engagement of Citizens with Smart City Initiatives (07-09-2017)
Open Data as Enabler of Public Service Co (07-09-2017)
How LogiNext uses logistical data to build a better connected city (07-07-2017)
Is location intelligence the key to citizen (07-05-2017)
The role of Open Data in driving sustainable mobility in nine smart cities (07-04-2017)
Global challenge seeks smart city solutions (07-03-2017)
Calling all Smart City technology solutions (06-27-2017)
Detroit is getting a neighborhood of tiny homes that homeless people rent to own (06-16-2017)
It takes a smart city to make cars truly autonomous (06-14-2017)
How Smart Cities Can Minimize the Threat of Cyberattacks (06-14-2017)
Smart Cities: Foundations, Principles and Applications (06-13-2017)
How Indonesia became home to some incredible smart city projects (06-11-2017)
Smart Cities: The Internet of Things, People and Systems (06-06-2017)
Making cybersecurity a part of the smart city process (06-06-2017)
Smart cities are as stupid as the people who make them (06-06-2017)
Brussels Regional Informatics Centre CIRB (06-02-2017)
How should startups work with city governments? (05-31-2017)
Cities need your help making better open data policy : Sunlight Foundation (05-31-2017)
Cities need your help making better open data policy (05-31-2017)
Smart decisions make smart cities (05-30-2017)
How to socialize great smart cities strategies for all urban centers (05-18-2017)

These are curated as part of my daily work to understand what is happening across the space, and I regularly use them to track on what has occurred overtime, and include them in my guides, whitepapers, and other outputs.

Featured Cities Companies and Organizations

These are the organizations I come across in my research who are doing interesting things in the API space. They could be companies, institutions, government agencies, or any other type of organizational entity. My goal is to aggregate so I can stay in tune with what they are up to and how it impacts the API space.


FIWARE IS A curated framework of open source platform components To accelerate the development of Smart Solutions. The FIWARE Community is an independent Open Community whose members are commited to materialise the FIWARE mission, that is: “to build an open sustainable ecosystem around public, royalty-free and implementation-driven software platform standards that will ease the development of new Smart Applications in multiple sectors”. The FIWARE Community is not only formed by contributors to the technology (the FIWARE platform) but also those who contribute in building the FIWARE ecosystem and making it sustainable over time. As such, individuals and organizations committing relevant resources in FIWARE Lab activities or activities of the FIWARE Accelerator, FIWARE Mundus or FIWARE iHubs programmes are also considered members of the FIWARE community.

FIWARE-NGSI v2 Specification

  • Create Entity
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  • Create Subscription
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  • Get attribute data
  • Get Attribute Value
  • List Entities
  • List Entity Types
  • List Registrations
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  • Notify
  • Query
  • Remove a Single Attribute
  • Remove Entity
  • Replace all entity attributes
  • Retrieve API Resources
  • Retrieve Entity
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  • Retrieve entity type
  • Retrieve Registration
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  • Update
  • Update Attribute Data
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  • Update Existing Entity Attributes
  • Update or Append Entity Attributes
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Other Cities Companies and Organizations

These are additional companies who have APIs, but do not have as much detaila nd resources available to rank with the others.


The official website of the City of Boston. Stay informed, request City services through 311, or contact the Mayor and City Council.

CivicLab Chicago

A community space supporting DIY democracy through co-working; meeting, and event space; classes on civics and DIY practices; and original tools and research.

Code for America

Open Knowledge

Open Knowledge International is a worldwide non-profit network of people passionate about openness, using advocacy, technology and training to unlock information and enable people to work with it to create and share knowledge.

Revize LLC

Revize software system is the market leader in Government Websites CMS design that allows non-technical people to update their own content with ease and efficiency.

Sunlight Foundation

Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants…

Cities Tooling

These are the open source tooling that I come across in my research who are doing interesting things in the API space. They could be companies, institutions, government agencies, or any other type of tool_anizational entity. My goal is to aggregate so I can stay in tune with what they are up to and how it impacts the API space.

Industry Tag Cloud

This set of tags represent this industry, pulled from the website and marketing materials available for each of the companies listed.

AgricultureApplicationBoroughsCandidatesCitiesCivicCMSCMS Site ManagementCMS ToolsCMS Web CalendarCompaniesConsultingContentContent ManagementContent Management SoftwareContext BrokerContext Data ManagementContext InformationCustom DesignCustom ServicesData ProviderDevelopmentE-GovE-Gov SolutionsEditorEmail Marketing CampaignEnergyGovernmentGovernment ServicesGovernment Web Site DesignGovernment WebsitesHas APIHostingIncIncubatorIndustrialITLobbyistsLocalLocal Web DesignMarketplacesMichiganMunicipalPortal Content ManagementProduct DesignQualitySmart AgrifoodSmart CitiesSmart EnergySmart IndustrySmart SolutionsTechnologiesTownshipsTransparencyTransportationUSAWeb CMSWeb Page Content Management ProviderWeb Page Design ServicesWeb SiteWebsiteWebsite Content Management SystemWebsite Design

They reflect the intent of these platforms, helping people understand what is aavailable for integration into applications.