The real-time city? Big data and smart urbanism

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The real-time city? Big data and smart urbanism

‘Smart cities’ has garnered the attention of academia, business and government, and its advocates argue about its ability to provide real-time analysis of city life, modern methods of urban governance and furnishes basic material for the realisation and representation of more efficient, sustainable, competitive, productive, open and transparent cities.

This paper also yields an important observation in the significance of big data and smart urbanism by looking into five apparent challenges: the politics of big urban data, technocratic governance and city development, corporatisation of city governance and technological lock-ins, buggy, brittle and hackable cities, and the panoptic city.

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