#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.

  • 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.
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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.

The aims of the workshop were:
This workshop was a joint collaboration between Igor Calzada & Cristobal Cobo supported by TORCH. Here more information:

If you are interested please contact to igor.calzada@compas.ox.ac.uk

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