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Digital Infrastructures and Urban Governance

Barns, S; Cosgrave, E; Acuto, M; Mcneill, D; (2016) Digital Infrastructures and Urban Governance. Urban Policy and Research , 35 (1) pp. 20-31. 10.1080/08111146.2016.1235032. Green open access

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The urban built environment is underpinned by an increasingly complex digital infrastructure, which is posing a variety of unpredictable and unprecedented challenges for urban governance. The paper discusses how the new “hard” digital infrastructures such as broadband are accompanied by the need to understand the governance of public sector information; and in turn how this relates to the emergence of smart city strategies. The paper is illustrated using empirical examples drawn from Australian digital infrastructure development, with reference to the international landscape of “smart city” developments. It argues that there is a significant mismatch between the often small scale, bounded capabilities of municipal government, and the operational expertise and scope of technology firms.

Type: Article
Title: Digital Infrastructures and Urban Governance
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/08111146.2016.1235032
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1080/08111146.2016.1235032
Language: English
Additional information: © 2016 Editorial Board, Urban Policy and Research. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Urban Policy and Research on 20 December 2016, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/08111146.2016.1235032
Keywords: Smart cities, digital infrastructure, public sector information, regional development, broadband, urban governance, smart cities, digital strategy, open data, policy mobility
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > STEaPP
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1536536
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