Data, Urbanisation and the City

The following is the abstract for this editorial article in the Review of Urban Affairs (May 2015) by Anant Maringanti and Partha Mukhopadhyay:

By using the enormous processing capacity of computing that is now available, we can, it is claimed, improve how cities are governed—make them smart! This review attempts to illuminate how data reveals relationships between citizens and the state and thus facilitates an informed debate on whether data can be deployed to build a more inclusive and constructive relationship between citizens and their government. As urbanisation deepens, we see struggles around who gets to decide what is to be governed and how the data is to be collected and deployed and what technologies and skills are to be deployed for implementation. The papers in this collection can be viewed in three groups, respectively, dealing with three issues: data collection processes, intra-urban spatial inequities and
use of new sensing technologies.

The full Review of Urban Affairs (May 2015) can be accessed here.

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