The Platform Economy and the Smart City: Technology and the Transformation of Urban Policy
Published by: McGill-Queen's University Press
Imprint: McGill-Queen's University Press
Sales Date: 2021-09-22
Published: September 2021
352 Pages, 152.00 x 229.00 x 1.00 in, 13 diagrams, 10 tables
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Innovative technologies promise a brave new world of convenience and cost effectiveness – powered by cameras that monitor our movements, sensors that line our streets, and algorithms that determine our resource allocation – but at what cost? Exploring the relationship between technology and cities, this book brings together an outstanding group of authors in the field to provide a critical and necessary examination of the disruption that is under way. They look at how cities should understand and regulate novel technologies, what can be learned from proposed and failed smart city projects, and how innovative economies change the structure of cities themselves. Contributors dig deeply into these and similar subjects, contributing their voices to an important dialogue on the future of urban policy and governance.
The first collection of its kind, this groundbreaking volume brings together social, economic, and cultural insights to enhance our understanding of the ongoing technological upheaval in cities around the world.
"The Platform Economy and the Smart City is an important reference work for practitioners and researchers interested in how technology platforms are reshaping cities and how city governments are responding to these challenges, either oppositionally or by embracing technology to become 'smart cities.' The book does an admirable job of highlighting the benefits, risks, and negative impacts of technological change and policy shifts." Zack Taylor, University of Western Ontario and author of Shaping the Metropolis: Institutions and Urbanization in the United States and Canada