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. This book will be of interest to urban policymakers, as well as researchers in Regional Studies and Urban Planning.

chapter 1|18 pages

Creating smart cities

ByRob Kitchin, Claudio Coletta, Leighton Evans, Liam Heaphy

part I|2 pages

The political economy of smart cities

chapter 2|12 pages

A Digital Deal for the smart city

Participation, protection, progress
ByJathan Sadowski

chapter 3|16 pages

Politicising smart city standards

ByJames Merricks White

chapter 5|14 pages

Can urban “miracles” be engineered in laboratories?

Turning Medellín into a model city for the Global South
ByFélix Talvard

chapter 6|14 pages

Building smart city partnerships in the “Silicon Docks”

ByLiam Heaphy, Réka Pétercsák

chapter 7|14 pages

Towards a study of city experiments

ByBrice Laurent, David Pontille

chapter 8|15 pages

University campuses as testbeds of smart urban innovation

ByAndrew Karvonen, Chris Martin, James Evans

part II|2 pages

Smart cities, citizenship and ethics

chapter 9|10 pages

Who are the end-use(r)s of smart cities?

A synthesis of conversations in Amsterdam
ByChristine Richter, Linnet Taylor, Shazade Jameson, Carmen Pérez del Pulgar

chapter 10|13 pages

‘Cityzens become Netizens’

Hashtag citizenships in the making of India’s 100 smart cities
ByAyona Datta

chapter 11|11 pages

From smart cities to smart citizens?

Searching for the ‘actually existing smart citizen’ in Atlanta, Georgia
ByTaylor Shelton, Thomas Lodato

chapter 12|14 pages

Promises, practices and problems of collaborative infrastructuring

The case of Dublin City Council (DCC) Beta and Code for Ireland
BySung-Yueh Perng

chapter 13|13 pages

Smart for a reason

Sustainability and social inclusion in the sharing city
ByDuncan McLaren, Julian Agyeman

chapter 14|12 pages

Pseudonymisation and the smart city

Considering the General Data Protection Regulation
ByMaria Helen Murphy

chapter 15|11 pages

The privacy parenthesis

Private and public spheres, smart cities and big data
ByLeighton Evans

chapter 16|12 pages

The challenges of cybersecurity for smart cities

ByMartin Dodge, Rob Kitchin

part III|2 pages


chapter 17|12 pages

Reframing, reimagining and remaking smart cities

ByRob Kitchin