Maureen Meadows, Matthijs Kouw
It is becoming more and more difficult to avoid the notion of the smart city. In the discussions surrounding it, an optimistic and firm belief in "smart" technologies drives efforts to use them to enable the efficient governance of urban public spaces, energy flows, and mobility patterns. City officials and industrial actors around the world have joined forces to promote the endless possibilities of smart technologies in world expos, demonstration cities, and smart-city partnerships. Smart technologies is used as a catch-all term to refer to various information and communication technologies (ICTs), such as sensors, big-data processing facilities, wearable technologies,…
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