The real-time city? Big data and smart urbanism

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‘Smart cities’ is also coined as metropolis whose economy and governance is determined by innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship, established by thought leaders. This paper provides  insights as to how cities are outlined with digital devices and infrastructure needed to generate ‘big data’. These are information that grants real-time analysis of the metropolitan life, new modes of urban governance and contributes intelligence needed for the establishment of more efficient, sustainable, competitive, productive, open and transparent cities.

This paper also provides understanding on the adverse effects of big data and smart urbanism based on five identified factors (1) politics of big urban data (2) technocratic governance and city development (3) corporatisation of city governance and technological lock-ins (4) vulnerable and hackable cities (5)  all-inclusive city.

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