Responding to the Information Needs of Citizens in an Open Society: The Role of Smart Communities

Responding to the Information Needs of Citizens in an Open Society: The Role of Smart Communities

Roger W. Caves (San Diego State University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-130-8.ch011
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Abstract

The use of ICTs in community development areas has increased over the past 10 years. This chapter examines how the “Smart Community” concept can help areas of various sizes accomplish a variety of local and regional development processes. The chapter covers such issues the role of citizen participation, the roles of information technologies, the components of a “Smart Community”, the California Smart Communities Program, and the lessons learned to date from the program. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the “digital divide” between people with access to various ICTs and those without access any access to ICTs.

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