Are “Smart” Cities Living Up to the Hype?

Comm’s Burcu Baykurt explores the different approaches taken by cities in the U.S. and Europe to implement tech innovations and efficiency.

Over the last 20 years, cities around the world have looked to embrace “smartness” – the ability to incorporate data, technology, innovation and automation into planning and operations. But have they succeeded in achieving the goals that city planners and managers, as well as tech industry leaders, have promised?

A recent article co-authored by Burcu Baykurt, assistant professor of communication, examines what smartness does on the ground by investigating how its anticipatory media visions have been interpreted and acted on in policy decisions and local implementations since the early 2000s. The article, “What smartness does in the smart city: From visions to policy,” was published online by Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies.

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