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InfoTech 2015 - Background Readings

This collection of reading materials was created to prepare participants for the 2015 Aspen Institute Roundtable on Information Technology Policy by providing an overview of and background information on the topic, Smart Cities.  The selection of readings introduces a range of policy issues associated with the modern Networked City. It is not intended to be a comprehensive collection of materials on the topic, but rather an overview of subjects relevant to the 2014 Communications Policy dialogue.

Section I.  Networked Cities: An Initial Survey Understanding the Internet of Things

Tom Saunders and Peter Baeck, "Rethinking Smart Cities from the Ground Up," NESTA, June 2015.
Benjamin Barber, “Chapter 1. If Mayors Ruled the World: Why They Should and How They Already Do.” If Mayors Ruled the World: Dysfunctional Nations, Rising Cities, New Haven: Yale University Press, 2013.

Luis Bettencourt, "The Kind of Problem a City Is: New Perspectives on the Nature of Cities from Complex Systems Theory," Santa Fe Institute, March 2013.

Cesar Cerrudo, "An Emerging US (and World) Threat: Cities Wide Open to Cyber Attacks," IOActive White Paper, April 2015.

Section II. Urban Planning and Inequality

Ryan Chin, “Solving Transportation Headaches in the Cities of 2050,” BBC News, June 18, 2013.

Siarj Datoo, "Smart Cities: Are You Willing to Trade Privacy for Efficiency," The Guardian, April 4, 2014.

Richard Florida, "The Connection Between Successful Cities and Inequality," The Atlantic, January 6, 2015.

Ursula Le Guin, "The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas," The Wind's Twelve Quarters: Short Stories, 1973.

Section III. Implications for Citizen Participation and Governance

Tom Saunders and Peter Baeck, "Rethinking Smart Cities from the Ground Up," NESTA, June 2015.

Anthony Townsend, Rachel Maguire, Mike Liebhold, and Mathias Crawford. "A Planet Of Civic Laboratories: The future of cities, information and inclusion," Institute for the Future, Fall 2011.

Stephen Goldsmith and Susan Crawford, "Toward Responsive Cities," The Responsive City: Engaging Communities Through Data-Smart Governance. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2014.