ethics, rights, equity, smart cities, citizenship, democracy
Cities around the world are pursuing a smart cities agenda. In general,
these initiatives are promoted and rolled-out by governments and
corporations which enact various forms of top-down, technocratic
governance and reproduce neoliberal governmentality. Despite calls for
the smart city agenda to be more citizen-centric and bottom-up in nature,
how this translates into policy and initiatives is still weakly articulated
and practiced. Indeed, there is little meaningful engagement by key
stakeholders with respect to rights, citizenship, social justice, commoning,
civic participation, co-creation, and how the smart city might be
productively reimagined and remade.
This book fills this lacuna by providing critical reflection on whether another
smart city is possible and what such a city might look like, exploring
themes such as how citizens are framed within it, the ethical implications of
smart city systems, and whether injustices are embedded in city systems,
infrastructures, services and their calculative practices.
Contributors question whether the need for order, and the priorities
of capital and property rights, trump individual and collective liberty.
Ultimately considering what kind of smart city do individuals want to
create, and how we create the most sustainable smart urban landscape.