05 Oct #Unplugging > Deconstructing Smart Cities Beyond Hyper-Connected Societies Project: Workshop, Applied Research & Keynote Presentations.
Here is the journal article referenced as:
Calzada, I. & Cobo, C. (2014), Unplugging: Deconstructing the Smart City, Journal of Urban Technology. Taylor & Francis. DOI: 10.1080/10630732.2014.971535. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10630732.2014.971535 (In print)
It will be published online in November 2014.
- On 20th June 2014, myself and Dr Cristobal Cobo conducted the workshop supported by TORCH The Oxford Research Center for Humanities at the University of Oxford entitled: #Unplugging > Beyond Hyper-Connected Societies at the @UniofOxford.
- Here is the advance Introduction that will shortly be ready on the www.unplugging.eu website.
- Likewise, I am glad to announce #Unplugging > Deconstructing the #SmartCity article by myself & Dr Cristobal Cobo is accepted and it will be published in due course by the Journal Of Urban Technology
- Here is the abstract of the Journal Article:
- Abstract: This paper explores the subtle notion of #unplugging to critically analyze the technological determinism of the Smart City. This exploration suggests that being digitally connected should not be perceived as gaining social capital. This revision critiques assumptions of the Smart City, proposing a conceptual ten-dimension framework. The first part of this article explores the context of hyper-connected societies and how unplugging could be beneficial. The main subjects, described as Digital Natives, are discussed in the second part. The third section is a decalogue on deconstructing the Smart City, and the final section presents key ideas and questions for future analysis.
- Keywords: Unplugging, Social Innovation, Smart City, Hyper-connected Societies, Digital & Social Divide.
This cross‐disciplinary research workshop focused on the intersection between technology, cities, business and digital humanities knowledge fields. The main aim of this workshop was to gather together a diverse scholarly community to better understand the economic, social and cultural implications of the hyper (almost 24/7) connected society. As a consequence, a research network was set up to discuss and reach beyond the techno-determinism criticism and explore some of the side-effects of an increasingly hyper-connected society.
- To congregate scholars from Digital Humanities, OII, FoC, InSIS, COMPAS, Oxford Martin School, Säid Business School, Sustainable Urban Development Programme Oxford, Transport Unit and Environmental Change Institute, among others and non-academics.
- To explore new research pathways under the core phenomenon of #Unplugging
- To design suitable research for on-going socio-technical everyday life events in ordinary cities that we can describe as #Unplugging subtle notion and novel trend.
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