Creating Smart Cities, edited by Claudio Coletta, Leighton Evans, Liam Heaphy, Rob Kitchin, has been published by Routledge in their Regional Studies Association ‘Region and Cities’ series. It contains a selection of chapters originating from our third Progcity workshop.
In cities around the world, digital technologies are utilized to manage city services and infrastructures, to govern urban life, to solve urban issues and to drive local and regional economies. While “smart city” advocates are keen to promote the benefits of smart urbanism – increased efficiency, sustainability, resilience, competitiveness, safety and security – critics point to the negative effects, such as the production of technocratic governance, the corporatization of urban services, technological lock-ins, privacy harms and vulnerability to cyberattack.
This book, through a range of international case studies, suggests social, political and practical interventions that would enable more equitable and just smart cities, reaping the benefits of smart city initiatives while minimizing some of their perils.
Included are case studies from Ireland, the United States of America, Colombia, the Netherlands, Singapore, India and the United Kingdom. These chapters discuss a range of issues including political economy, citizenship, standards, testbedding, urban regeneration, ethics, surveillance, privacy and cybersecurity.
1. Creating smart cities – Rob Kitchin, Claudio Coletta, Leighton Evans and Liam Heaphy
PART I The political economy of smart cities
2. A Digital Deal for the smart city: Participation, protection, progress – Jathan Sadowski
3. Politicising smart city standards – James Merricks White
4. Urban revitalization through automated policing and “smart” surveillance in Camden, New Jersey – Alan Wiig
5. Can urban “miracles” be engineered in laboratories? Turning Medellín into a model city for the Global South – Félix Talvard
6. Building smart city partnerships in the “Silicon Docks” – Liam Heaphy and Réka Pétercsák
7. Towards a study of city experiments – Brice Laurent and David Pontille
8. University campuses as testbeds of smart urban innovation – Andrew Karvonen, Chris Martin and James Evans
PART II Smart cities, citizenship and ethics
9. Who are the end-use(r)s of smart cities? A synthesis of conversations in Amsterdam – Christine Richter, Linnet Taylor, Shazade Jameson and Carmen Pérez del Pulgar
10. ‘Cityzens become netizens’: Hashtag citizenships in the making of India’s 100 smart cities – Ayona Datta
11. From smart cities to smart citizens? Searching for the ‘actually existing smart citizen’ in Atlanta, Georgia – Taylor Shelton and Thomas Lodato
12. Promises, practices and problems of collaborative infrastructuring: The case of Dublin City Council (DCC) Beta and Code for Ireland – Sung-Yueh Perng
13. Smart for a reason: Sustainability and social inclusion in the sharing city – Duncan McLaren and Julian Agyeman
14. Pseudonymisation and the smart city: Considering the General Data Protection Regulation – Maria Helen Murphy
15. The privacy parenthesis: Private and public spheres, smart cities and big data – Leighton Evans
16. The challenges of cybersecurity for smart cities – Martin Dodge and Rob Kitchin
PART III Conclusion
17. Reframing, reimagining and remaking smart cities – Rob Kitchin