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Is the Open Internet at Risk?

How much does the Internet mean to us? Without thinking too much, it is a fundamental tool of our culture, economy and society, and the very idea of a day in our life without the internet would be chaotic. Therefore, we are not wrong saying that the universal system is fully integrated by the great network of networks, everything within reach of click. more

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Sustainable Immobility?

In times of the coronavirus we all stay more at home much more, mobility becomes immobility. Immobility can also be sustainable. The City of Hamburg is trying to prove that, in a different way, then you might imagine at first. Let me present two interesting projects to you. Part I: green.fACade, the air-cleaning building facade more

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Pop-up Cycle Paths in Bogotá

The corona crisis is leading to a change in mobility in many places. This is mainly happening in cities, where people are adapting their daily commute to the crisis and switching to the bicycle. This is a very sustainable form of mobility for health and the environment, to which the traffic planners in Bogotá have responded brilliantly. more

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PEPP-PT – Open Data helps to stop Corona

In the fight against the COVID 19 pandemic, the use of mobile phone data is controversial, especially in Europe. A team of scientists and companies from eight European countries is currently developing "Pan-European Privacy-Preserving Proximity Tracing" (PEPP-PT) - the technological basis for a European anti-corona app. In contrast to Asian apps, the privacy of users is respected and protected. more

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The Thicket of Ship Emissions

Cruise ships consume a lot of electricity even when they are not moving. As long as they are in port, they could be supplied with shore power, and thereby significantly reduce emissions. But shore power is expensive and in some places not a truly sustainable benefit. more

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Financial Earmarking Increases Social Equity

In recent decades, motorized traffic has increased significantly worldwide. Especially in large metropolises, the high number of has become a massive problem with negative effects on the quality of life, the environment, climate and economic development. With the help of the UN, Kenya is investing in the expansion of footpaths and cycle paths and is increasing social equity be earmarking more

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Above the Clouds-Part III: Demand Me! Will You?

In the last three weeks, I've been on the road a lot, out of a total of eleven changes of location I've done a whole nine by plane. This is a good reason for me to take a closer look at the current price war and its influence on traveling above the clouds. Within the framework of a small mini-series, I will deal above all with the phenomenon of "cheap flying" in German and European travel as more

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Above the Clouds- Part II: The Railway Traffic as a Competitor and Ecological Alternative

In the last three weeks, I've been on the road a lot, out of a total of eleven changes of location I've done a whole nine by plane. This is a good reason for me to take a closer look at the current price war and its influence on traveling above the clouds. Within the framework of a small mini-series, I will deal above all with the phenomenon of "cheap flying" in German and European travel as more

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Flying with Zero Emissions?

What would the Wright Brothers have said in 1903 if someone had told them that their invention would one day fly 350 people across the Atlantic in less than six hours? The word “impossible” seems very likely to me. Perhaps in another 100 years airplanes will hover quietly and emission-free through the sky and fly completely electrically, which still seems unthinkable today. more

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Above the Clouds-Part I: Price War

In the last three weeks, I've been on the road a lot, from a total of eleven changes in my location I've done a whole nine by plane. This is a good reason for me to take a closer look at the current price war and its influence on travelling above the clouds. Within the framework of a small mini-series, I will deal above all with the phenomenon of "cheap flying" in German and European travel more

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Pedestrians Have Priority

Climate change, insecurity, overpopulation and poverty are some of the main problems to which governments must pay special attention. Therefore, anticipating these problems is a priority in many cities and administrations should try to predict all possible scenarios in order to create long-term strategies and react through short-term actions. more


MeetUp #3 Recap – Elizabeth Chee, Iomob Germany

Elizabeth Chee is Co & VP – Business Development at Iomob and has been one of our favorite guests at our MeetUp #3 on July 24. She is driven by a vision to use technology to better the causes she cares deeply for: Mobility, Healthcare and Education. more

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The Giant Tokyo

If you haven't visited Japan yet, you've probably heard or read a lot about this country. Japan is not only known for sports like Sumo or for "Memoirs of a Geisha", but the cultural, technological and social display makes it worthy of being a number one in many respects. Let's see! more

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When Data Makes Our Lives More Pleasant

A group of American cities - most notably Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami and San Francisco - started the Open Mobility Foundation (OMF) with the aim of creating an open-source project. OMF, constitutes as a non-profit coalition, from its beginnings it has sought to install a new platform on open standards and software to manage urban mobility efficiently. Let's see how it works! more


Meetup: Stories from Zero Emission Cities- Mobility Partnerships

On 24 July, the Open Source Lab was holding a 3rd MeetUp event kicking-off the research on partnerships in the sector of mobility. With the focus on how public and private stakeholders can join forces to reduce CO2 emissions and shift away from car dependency, three speakers from award-winning start-ups were invited to share their experiences. The Open Source Lab MeetUp #3 took place in our more

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Africa: A breath of Fresh Energetic Air

Scientists at the Technical University of Munich built, through a four-year research project, a car that promises to improve mobility in developing countries. The main objective of the project was to open up new mobility possibilities that primarily benefit rural regions which lack ideal infrastructures. more


This Is Not a Car! Is it?

It has four tires, a steering wheel and you need a driving license to drive it. After initial production difficulties, a small electric car will enter the German streets in autumn: Microlino. more

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Our Online Data: Don’t Let Fear Paralyze You

Sometimes we find ourselves working on our laptop and suddenly Mr. Google presents that beach we want to visit in our so dreamed of summer vacations. Being innocent we would say: How incredible is the digital world that magically knows our preferences about places we want to see. Being more realistic when it comes to the Internet, we can say that in the world of data we are still at the more


A First Piece of the Future?

Germany's first e-highway was put into operation on the A5 motorway near Frankfurt at the beginning of May. Hybrid trucks can charge their batteries while driving via current collectors. more


Roundtable Recap with Beate Kubitz, TravelSpirit Foundation (UK)

Beate Kubitz is Director of Policy and Communications at TravelSpirit Foundation and has been one of our favorite guests at the Roundtable discussion on April 24. She believes that innovations in transportation are noticeably positive, but these innovations need shaping to work for communities and the environment. more


Roundtable Recap with Olivier Thereaux, Open Data Institute (UK)

Oliver Thereaux is Head of Technology at Open Data Institute in the Uk. He leads the ODI Labs team in the design and creation of prototypes and services for ODI Toolbox, as well as the creation of software. At this Roundtable "Zero Emission City", Olivier shared his knowledge and perspective on the implications of Open Data on urban mobility. more

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Cars Can Be More Than Just Vehicles

The future belongs to electric mobility. Battery-powered vehicles are changing not only the way we move, but they also change life as a whole. Our infrastructure must be adapted to the new needs in order to supply electric vehicles. But they are a mobile source of energy for other devices connected to them, too. This does not only mean to charge a cell phone while driving. The keyword is: “V2G”. more

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The Data Revolution

The idea of opening data sets is deeply rooted in Finland's future strategies. The impulse given by the government through innovative Open Data programmes has been constituted as a radical "Yes" to social and technological progress. more


A Commitment to Accessible Universal Mobility

We have no idea how far Open Source can go, but what we do know today is that we can achieve things that yesterday did not seem possible. For Travelspirit, the great goal is an Open, Equitable and Sustainable Mobility Ecosystem through Open Source. How? Let's see.... more


The Great Open Data Maker

At the time of data revolution, the Open Data Institute is a protagonist of great and innovative changes. In view of its participation in our Roundtable & Get together #2, we are already looking forward to all that is to share. more

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Delivery of Medicine Through the Air

Revolutionizing medical care in remote areas with the help of drones, the "Deliver Future" project proves that this is not only a dream of the future. Drone manufacturer Wingcopter, DHL and the German Corporation for International Cooperation jointly launched the "DHL Parcelcopter 4.0" and supply the Tanzanian island of Ukerewe with medicine at record speed. more

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Patron of an Open Society

Mark Shuttleworth is an African Entrepreneur, who is particularly interested to improve the world's social, economic and political landscape in using communication technology. His Foundation offers scholarships to individuals to implement their innovative ideas for social change. Openness is the key requirement more

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The Cloud in our Hands

Cloud technologies are the basis of digitization in the modern economy. Companies that invest in their future viability are dependant on these technologies. The open-source approach offers the opportunity to reduce costs and risks in the cloud and to become more independent. The German start-up Meshcloud offers an open source cloud platform for companies. more

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Using the Mobile Phone as a Purse

Viewing the fact that societies can solve almost everything through mobile phones and the internet, we wonder what happens to places where the Internet is scarce or almost impossible. We can say that countries, like Kenya, know how to avoid that absence very well. more