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People-centered smart cities: an exploratory action research on the Cities’ Coalition for Digital Rights

Calzada, Igor ORCID:, Pérez-Batlle, M. and Batlle-Montserrat, J. 2021. People-centered smart cities: an exploratory action research on the Cities’ Coalition for Digital Rights. Journal of Urban Affairs 10.1080/07352166.2021.1994861

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Declarations and manifestos have emerged across the world claiming to protect citizens’ digital rights. Data-driven technologies in global cities not only have yielded techno-euphoria but also have intensified techno-political concerns as reflected in UN-Habitat’s flagship program called “People-Centered Smart Cities” (PCSC) that advocates the willingness to promote inclusiveness while subverting the technocratic smart city meaning. Against this backdrop, in 2018, the city councils of Barcelona, Amsterdam, and New York formed the Cities’ Coalition for Digital Rights (CCDR), an international network of cities—currently encompassing 49 cities—to promote globally citizens’ digital rights. This article explores what “the right to have digital rights” may currently mean through action research to examine six digital rights-related factors. Full findings revealed not only distinct strategies—related to AI adoption—but also common policy patterns in the 13 CCDR cities.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: In Press
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
J Political Science > JZ International relations
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 0735-2166
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 14 October 2021
Date of Acceptance: 12 October 2021
Last Modified: 03 May 2023 17:54

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