Not Even Our Bridge

June 12th, 2011 | researchmaterial

The little bot Tom Armitage made to inform on the activity of London’s Tower Bridge has gone.  It operated through a Twitter account, and it appears the City Of London has caused Twitter to reassign the username to them as an “official” account.

A few months ago, I said in Berlin, “Cognitive cities require the approval and collaboration of city authorities. The same people who make flyposting illegal.”

It’s sad, and somewhat annoying – especially for Tom – but a better example that these streets are not our streets won’t be found in Britain today.

(That doesn’t mean there won’t be one tomorrow, or that there wasn’t yesterday.)

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