Anthony Townsend

Anthony Townsend is senior research fellow at New York University's Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management. His first book, SMART CITIES: Big Data, Civic Hackers and the Quest for a New Utopia, will be published by W.W. Norton & Co. in October.

The Shame of Boston's Wireless Woes

Shortly after Monday's bombings, cellular networks collapsed. The same thing happens every time there is a crisis in a large city.