Organization: York College
Cities are increasingly pressured to change to maintain competitiveness and improve the quality of life of its citizens. Information and communication technology (ICT), mainly broadband network, is the underlying infrastructure. These technologies have exerted a growing and pervasive influence on the nature, structure, quality of knowledge, social and relational capital, and execution of urban support, management, economic, and daily activities. Smart city development and governance is not just a technological issue but a complex mechanism of the political understanding of technology, environmental interest, urban interactions in terms of both economic gains and other public values. Advances in technology do not create a smart city, but how it uses technology to improve operational efficiency, propel citizen engagement, and justify inward migration into a city. Consequently, there exists a need for an edited collection of work in this area.
The target audience of this book will be composed of students, educators professionals, and researchers interested in the smart cities as a socio-technical system. Moreover, this book will provide insights and support executives and administrators concerned with the development and management of smart city initiatives, governance, and delivery processes.