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Good to Know…Week of January 3, 2011

The 10 Smartest Cities on the Planet
A slideshow.

To view, go to: FastCompany.com

One Pass for all Mass Transit?
An alliance of chip and smartcard makers is introducing an open security standard for securing transit fare collections that it hopes will open the way for interoperable public transit systems and enable a new generation of electronic payment methods.

To read this article, go to: GCN.com

IBM, Telvent Teaming Up to Fight Traffic Issues for Small Cities
It’s hard to overlook the traffic issues in large cities like New York and Los Angeles. But smaller towns and cities have traffic problems too, and they add up–in cities with populations of less than 500,000 people, travelers still spend up to 20 hours a week on delays. What’s a cash-strapped metropolis to do?

To read this article, go to: FastCompany.com

WikiWars: The Face of Future Conflicts
We appear to be in the middle of the first real cyberwar. And like so much on the Internet, it has evolved in ways that weren’t expected.

To read this article, go to: GCN.com

Ahumanright.org Aims to Buy Commercial Satellite for the World’s Poor
A new NGO is attempting to bring affordable Internet to the developing world by buying its own satellite. Ahumanright.org, a Berlin-based non-profit, is bidding for a commercial satellite it can repurpose and use to beam bandwidth. To help make that happen they’ve recruited the founder of XM Radio, and partnered Deutsche Telekom and the NASA Ames Research Center.

To read this article, go to: FastCompany.com

Teach for America’s Most Influential Alumni
Ahead of Teach for America’s 20th-anniversary alumni summit in February, a look at the influentials who have emerged from the ranks of TFA vets.

To read this article, go to: FastCompany.com

7 Social Media Resolutions to Keep in the New Year
Almost everybody these days is using social media. From Twitter to Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Tumblr and a variety of blog formats and picture sharing sites, there are a lot of options. It’s easy to get lost in the mountain of data that social media produces on a daily basis, and getting started is a daunting task.

To read this article, go to: GCN.com

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