Unplugging: Deconstructing the Smart City

Calzada, I. & Cobo, C. (2015), Unplugging: Deconstructing the Smart City, Journal of Urban Technology. DOI: 10.1080/10630732.2014.971535.

42 Pages Posted: 23 Sep 2014 Last revised: 22 Nov 2015

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Igor Calzada

Cardiff University, WISERD (Wales Institute for Social and Economic Research and Data); Basque Government - Basque Foundation for Science (IKERBASQUE); Ikerbasque Foundation UPV/EHU; University of the Basque Country

Cristobal Cobo

University of Oxford - Oxford Internet Institute; Center for Research - Ceibal Foundation

Date Written: March 16, 2015

Abstract

This paper explores the subtle notion of unplugging to critically analyze the technological determinism of the Smart City. This exploration suggests that being digitally connected should not be perceived as gaining social capital. This article critiques the assumptions of the Smart City and proposes a ten-dimension conceptual framework. The first section of this article explores hyper-connected societies and how unplugging could be beneficial. The main subjects, Digital Natives, are discussed in the second section of this article. The third section is a decalogue on deconstructing the Smart City, and the final section presents key ideas and questions for future analysis.

Keywords: Unplugging, Social Innovation, Smart City, Hyper-connected Societies, Digital & Social Divide

Suggested Citation

Calzada, Igor and Calzada, Igor and Cobo, Cristobal and Cobo, Cristobal, Unplugging: Deconstructing the Smart City (March 16, 2015). Calzada, I. & Cobo, C. (2015), Unplugging: Deconstructing the Smart City, Journal of Urban Technology. DOI: 10.1080/10630732.2014.971535., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2499172

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