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[Commlist] New book: The Smart City in a Digital World

Wed Aug 28 22:55:20 GMT 2019

    NEW BOOK: The Smart City in a Digital World

    Vincent Mosco <>


    Kindle edition: <>

    What makes a city smart? The Smart City in a Digital World takes on
    this question by describing, challenging, and offering democratic
    alternatives to the view that the answer begins and ends with
    technology. In the wake of the 2008 global financial meltdown,
    corporations converged on cities around the world to sell
    technology, harvest valuable data, and deepen the private governance
    of urban life. They partnered with governments to promise what on
    the surface look like unalloyed benefits to city dwellers: safer
    streets, cleaner air, more efficient transportation, instant
    communication for all, and algorithms that take governance out of
    the hands of flawed human beings. Another story lies beneath that
    surface. Technology-driven smart cities deepen surveillance, shift
    urban governance to private companies, shrink democracy, create a
    hacker’s paradise, and hasten the coming of catastrophic climate

    The Smart City insists that people make cities smart, that human
    governance still matters, and that genuinely intelligent cities
    start with a vibrant democracy, a commitment to public space, and to
    citizen control over technology. To make this happen, we need to
    understand the technologies, the organizations, and the mythologies
    that power the global smart cities movement, as well as the growing
    resistance to the technology-driven city. Drawing on case studies
    from around the world that document the redevelopment of old cities
    and the creation of entirely new ones, The Smart City provides an
    essential guide to the future of urban life in a digital world.

    Emerald Publishers.

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  * *ISBN-10:* 1787691381
  * *ISBN-13:* 978-1787691384


Chapter 1. The World is Urban
Chapter 2. How to Think About Smart Cities
Chapter 3. City of Technology: Where the Streets are Paved with Data
Chapter 4. Who Governs? State-driven Smart Cities
Chapter 5. Who Governs? Private Smart Cities
Chapter 6. Who Governs? Citizens
Chapter 7. The Urban Imaginary: Myths and Markets
Chapter 8. Whose Smart City?

Vincent Mosco is Professor Emeritus, Queen's University, Canada where he held the Canada Research Chair in Communication and Society. He is also Distinguished Professor, New Media Centre, School of Journalism and Communication, Fudan University, Shanghai. Dr. Mosco is author or editor of 26 books and over 200 articles and book chapters on communication, technology, and society including The Digital Sublime, The Political Economy of Communication, To the Cloud, and Becoming Digital.*//*

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