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Undoing optimization: civic action in smart cities

Powell, Alison (2021) Undoing optimization: civic action in smart cities. Yale University Press, New Haven, CT. ISBN 9780300223804

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Abstract

City life has been reconfigured by our use—and our expectations—of communication, data, and sensing technologies. In this book Alison Powell examines the civic use, regulation, and politics of these technologies, looking at how governments, planners, citizens, and activists expect them to enhance life in the city. She argues that the de facto forms of citizenship that emerge in relation to these technologies represent sites of contention over how governance and civic power should operate. These sites become more significant as an increasingly urbanized and polarized world faces new struggles over local participation and engagement. The author moves past the usual discussion of top-down versus bottom-up civic action and instead explains how citizenship shifts in response to technological change and particularly in response to issues related to pervasive sensing, big data, and surveillance in “smart cities.”

Item Type: Book
Official URL: https://yalebooks.co.uk/display.asp?k=978030022380...
Additional Information: © 2021 The Author
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2021 14:00
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 23:06
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/111859

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