Undoing Optimization

Undoing Optimization Civic Action in Smart Cities

Hardback (04 May 2021)

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Publisher's Synopsis

A unique examination of the civic use, regulation, and politics of communication and data technologies

City life has been reconfigured by our use-and our expectations-of communication, data, and sensing technologies. In this book Alison Powell examines the civic use, regulation, and politics of these technologies, looking at how governments, planners, citizens, and activists expect them to enhance life in the city. She argues that the de facto forms of citizenship that emerge in relation to these technologies represent sites of contention over how governance and civic power should operate. These sites become more significant as an increasingly urbanized and polarized world faces new struggles over local participation and engagement. The author moves past the usual discussion of top-down versus bottom-up civic action and instead explains how citizenship shifts in response to technological change and particularly in response to issues related to pervasive sensing, big data, and surveillance in "smart cities."

Book information

ISBN: 9780300223804
Publisher: Yale University Press
Imprint: Yale University Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 307.1416
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: xiii, 208
Weight: 420g
Height: 149mm
Width: 223mm
Spine width: 24mm