Dépôt numérique

The Smart City – Does the Individual Matter?

Breux, Sandra ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1554-0125; Diaz, Jérémy et Loiseau, Hugo (9999). The Smart City – Does the Individual Matter? Journal of Urban Technology . DOI: 10.1080/10630732.2023.2194844. (Sous Presse)

Ce document n'est pas hébergé sur EspaceINRS.


Early smart city projects tended to be technology-driven, conceiving of the citizen as a data provider. New citizen-centered projects have emerged that challenge the role of the individual in these second-generation smart cities. While some works describe the political role that individuals play in these cities, they only indirectly address the place of technology in determining the participation of the individual in these projects. In this article, we draw on the work done on another technical system—cyberspace—to address the relationship between individuals and technology in the smart city and its consequences. Adapting a typology initially developed for cyberspace and using examples of the City of Montréal, we identify three potential categories of the individual’s role within the smart city: (1) Active role (involved individual), (2) Passive role (synchronized individual), and (3) Victim (disadvantaged individual). We show that the individual is a misinformed figure, despite attempts to focus smart development on citizens. Moreover, we posit that the individual cannot have a real political role as long as the political vision of the city does not precede the technical dimension.

Type de document: Article
Mots-clés libres: Smart city; individual's role; cyberspace
Centre: Centre Urbanisation Culture Société
Date de dépôt: 18 juill. 2023 19:43
Dernière modification: 18 juill. 2023 19:43
URI: https://espace.inrs.ca/id/eprint/13542

Gestion Actions (Identification requise)

Modifier la notice Modifier la notice