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Networking Cities: Telematics in Urban Policy — A Critical Review

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Stephen Graham


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This paper critically reflects upon an emerging range of urban policies which centre on the development and use of telecommunications and 'telematics' computer-communications networks between and within cities. The rapid development of corporate 'telematics' networks is central to current processes of urban economic restructuring. The paper first analyses the social and spatial biases which govern the development of these telematics networks within and between cities. Against this backcloth, the three main areas of urban telematics policy innovation are then considered: using telematics as a boost to urban economic development; developing social and community telematics applications; and using these new technologies to support collaborative networks of cities. A wide range of examples of policy initiatives are reviewed in each area. The paper concludes by critically evaluating the degree to which city authorities can hope to support genuinely progressive urban policies using these technologies, given the overwhelming power of the wider political and technological context in which cities are caught up. Problems of turning technological potential into information flows arid then turning information flows into real politicoeconomic changes are highlighted as universal in these policies.

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Author(s): Graham S

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: International Journal of Urban and Regional Research

Year: 1994

Volume: 18

Issue: 3

Pages: 416-432

Print publication date: 01/09/1994

ISSN (print): 0309-1317

ISSN (electronic): 1468-2427

Publisher: Wiley


DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-2427.1994.tb00276.x


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