Smart citizens creating smart cities: Locating citizen participation in the Smart City

Type: Paper
Theme:
Sponsor Groups: Digital Geographies Specialty Group, Geographic Information Science and Systems Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: 8222, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
Organizers: Peter Johnson, Zarin Khan
Chairs: Peter Johnson

Call for Submissions

Abstracts of 250 words should be submitted by October 15th 2018 to peter.johnson@uwaterloo.ca for consideration for inclusion in the paper session. Participants will be notified by October 19th if their paper has been accepted. They will then need to register for the AAG conference and provide their PIN to be included in the session.


Description

City governments around the world are investing in the development of ‘Smart Cities’, where technology is used to achieve improvements in efficiency, sustainability, and to better connect with citizens. Typical Smart City projects include real-time resource management using distributed sensors, synchronized traffic systems using real-time video feeds, and the opening of direct communication channels between citizen and government. Often these projects are driven by multinational technology companies aiming to vend a variety of ‘solutions’ to government. Within these projects, there exists critical questions about how citizen participation and engagement is challenged by Smart City technologies. For example, how do citizens participate both in the design or procurement of Smart City projects and in their actual implementation? How is citizen participation and engagement in city functions supported or constrained through Smart City technology? What are the modalities of citizen participation within the Smart City, and how are these realized on-the-ground? Have Smart City projects enabled new channels of participation to open up, while other existing channels are simultaneously closed off?

Call for papers

This session seeks to locate, through theory and empirical example, the changing role of citizen participation and engagement in the Smart City.

The topics in the session include but are not limited to:
• Applied examples and approaches of citizen participation within Smart City projects
• Evaluation of government roles in facilitating citizen engagement in planning and decision-making
• Identification of the challenges that restrict citizen participation in Smart City projects
• Investigation of theories of civic participation, engagement, and how these are envisioned via Smart City technology
• Comparative analysis of citizen engagement within and outside Smart City projects
• Citizen participation as resistance; how are citizen voices and actions pushing back on the instrumentalist Smart City
• Legal frameworks of citizen participation and city policies that hinder or foster citizen engagement
• Evaluation of and comparison between bottom-up and top-down citizen engagement practices
• Critical evaluation of how power and control are shared between citizen and government in Smart City projects
• Corporate influence on citizen participation in the Smart City
• Insight into the driving factors and stakeholder roles for improved participation practices

Abstracts of 250 words should be submitted by October 15th 2018 to peter.johnson@uwaterloo.ca for consideration for inclusion in the paper session. Participants will be notified by October 19th if their paper has been accepted. They will then need to register for the AAG conference and provide their PIN to be included in the session.


Agenda

Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Bev Wilson*, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Cong Cong, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Beyond the Supply Side: Availability, Use, and Impact of Municipal Open Data in the U.S. 20 8:00 AM
Presenter Rina Ghose*, Department of Geography, Bharat.com: Smart nation building in India through geospatial portals and e-governance 20 8:20 AM
Presenter Zarin Khan*, University of Waterloo, Citizen-government partnership: Understanding government perspective on co-creating information with citizens 20 8:40 AM
Presenter David Roberts*, University of Toronto, Smart Cities/Smart Citizens 20 9:00 AM
Presenter Tomasz Opach*, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Linköping University, Mattias Hjerpe, Linköping University, Erik Glaas , Linköping University, Carlo Navarra , Linköping University, ExTra: A visualization tool supporting the prioritization of climate adaptation to heatwaves and flooding 20 9:20 AM

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