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Prix Ars Electronica 2014 and the category “Digital Communities”

Matt Ball on March 9, 2014 - in Announcement, Sensors, Smart Cities

Prix Ars Electronica, the international competition for CyberArts, has the new category of “Digital Communities” among its many awards this year.

The “Digital Communities” category focuses on the wide-ranging social and artistic impact of the Internet technology as well as on the latest developments in social software, user generated content, mobile communications, mash-ups and location based services. Digital Communities” focuses on innovation in relation to human coexistence. Its main goals lie in first, bridging the geographical as well as the genderbased digital divide and second, bridging across cultural conflicts and third, supporting cultural diversity and freedom of artistic expression. Digital Communities sheds light on the political and artistic potential of digital and networked systems. As such, “Digital Communities” selects a broad range of projects, applications, artworks, initiatives and phenomena around which social and artistic innovation is taking place, as it were, in real time. Consideration is given to projects dealing with the concept of “Smart City” and especially of “Smart Citizen”, going beyond the purely technological view of a Smart City and focusing on the societal and participatory processes.

Carlo Ratti, the founder of the “SENSEable City” at MIT’s SENSEable City Lab, is on the jury for the award and was interviewed by the organizers.

“The amount of data we generate today is impressive.  As you know, according to Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt the amount of data produced from the dawn of civilization up until 2003 is now generated every couple of days – an estimation itself a few years old. This is the domain of “Big Urban Data”. In our lab we are interested in revealing and sharing with people its hidden dimensions. Again, the focus should be citizen response, i.e. actuation,” Carlo Ratti for Prix Ars Electronica

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