Cybersecurity – the foundation for success

Most people’s introduction to cybersecurity begins with a dramatic video displaying a balaclava-clad criminal hacking their way into a business and wreaking havoc from a dark room with no windows. Unfortunately, this image tends to create a fear-driven mindset that promotes counter-productive behaviours. Whilst it’s completely true that threats from cyberspace pose significant risks toContinue reading “Cybersecurity – the foundation for success”

Moral Philosophy of Autonomous Vehicles

Self-driving cars are quickly becoming a reality. Everyone from Volvo to Google are jumping on the bandwagon to design and build autonomous vehicles for the commercial market. California is even already in the process of creating legislation to allow driverless vehicles on the road without a licensed driver. Taking the human out of the loop is almost always a good engineeringContinue reading “Moral Philosophy of Autonomous Vehicles”

Hacking and Securing Smart Cities

In the below video Cesar Cerrudo, the CTO of IOActive Labs and Board Member of Securing Smart Cities, presents his perspective of what a Smart City is before delving into some of his experiences with the security of smart technologies and describing some rather frightening attack vectors and potential scenarios. Finally, he concludes with some recommendationsContinue reading “Hacking and Securing Smart Cities”

Rwanda – The next African tech-hub?

Unfortunately, what first often comes to one’s mind at the mention of Rwanda is the terrible genocide of 1994 that brutally wiped out 20% of Rwanda’s population. President Paul Kagame, previously the commander of the rebel force that ended the genocide, has since been working hard to change the country’s position and reputation. The now completed eRwandaContinue reading “Rwanda – The next African tech-hub?”

Australia Creates Minister for Cities

With the recent Australian Government cabinet reshuffle, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced a Minister for Cities with the aim of creating more liveable, vibrant, and future-embracing cities in Australia. It would appear that Mr Turnbull’s wife, Lucy Turnbull, is one key driving factor behind this decision. Lucy is currently heading a project with Arup that examinesContinue reading “Australia Creates Minister for Cities”

The Rise of Urban Technocracy

Technocratic governance is a form of governing whereby subject matter experts are put in charge of policy and decision-making (i.e. engineers in charge of government). This is not necessarily a bad thing, however it does present some issues – particularly for smart cities. As cities become smarter they will inherently become more reliant on technology. DependingContinue reading “The Rise of Urban Technocracy”

Are Smart Cities Invading Our Privacy?

Privacy has been a hot topic of debate in recent times. In light of controversial events such as the ‘leaking’ of celebrity nudes and Edward Snowden’s NSA revelations, a lot people have become much more aware of the implications technology presents to the security of their personal information. Hence it is quite understandable that some people are legitimately scared of this prospectContinue reading “Are Smart Cities Invading Our Privacy?”