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Singapore - The Social Laboratory

Excellent longread by Shane Harris on protection of national security & engineering a more harmonious society via mass surveillance and big data.

Singapore was the perfect home for a centrally controlled, complex technological system designed to maintain national order. […] “In Singapore, people generally feel that if you’re not a criminal or an opponent of the government, you don’t have anything to worry about.”

[Foreign Policy: The Social Laboratory]

China has 8 cities with bigger bike share systems than all of America | Vox
The growth of bike share programs is gaining momentum in the US. But this growth is absolutely dwarfed by the explosion of bike share programs in China over the last couple of years. The country now has more than 400,000 bike share bikes in operation across dozens of cities with programs, with the vast majority installed since 2012. To put this in perspective, there are an estimated 822,00 bikes in operation around the world — so China has more bikes than all other countries combined. The individual country with the next-highest number of bikes, France, has just 45,000.

China has 8 cities with bigger bike share systems than all of America | Vox

The growth of bike share programs is gaining momentum in the US. But this growth is absolutely dwarfed by the explosion of bike share programs in China over the last couple of years. The country now has more than 400,000 bike share bikes in operation across dozens of cities with programs, with the vast majority installed since 2012. To put this in perspective, there are an estimated 822,00 bikes in operation around the world — so China has more bikes than all other countries combined. The individual country with the next-highest number of bikes, France, has just 45,000.

An App That Tracks Water Use In Real Time, So Californians Can Save In The Drought | FastCompany
Partnering with utility companies, Dropcountr is letting residents know for the first time how much water they are actually wasting. Dropcountr, now available both online and as an iPhone app (and coming on Android September 1), monitors water use daily so it can send daily reports showing trends over time. If the app notices unusually high numbers, it warns someone that they might have a leak. They can also see how much they’re using compared to neighbors with homes of a similar size.

An App That Tracks Water Use In Real Time, So Californians Can Save In The Drought | FastCompany

Partnering with utility companies, Dropcountr is letting residents know for the first time how much water they are actually wasting. Dropcountr, now available both online and as an iPhone app (and coming on Android September 1), monitors water use daily so it can send daily reports showing trends over time. If the app notices unusually high numbers, it warns someone that they might have a leak. They can also see how much they’re using compared to neighbors with homes of a similar size.