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    Commoning the smart city: A case for a public Internet provision

    Cardullo, Paolo (2018) Commoning the smart city: A case for a public Internet provision. Working Paper. Center for Open Science.

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    As cities become more involved in data-driven processes of growth and governance, critical scholarship has highlighted the formidable issues around ownership, uses and the ethics of collecting, storing, and circulating such data. However, there has been less focus on the physical infrastructure as the ‘last mile’ problem for Internet access, between a revanchist perspective on the ‘broken Internet’ delivered by digital capitalism and the liberal rhetoric of the Internet as a human right. Through two case studies, the paper plots a pragmatic trajectory in the adoption of the Internet for people and ‘things’, in which city and users take different roles and responsibilities. It highlights benefits and challenges around the long-term sustainability and maintenance of the Internet as an infrastructure of the commons. An attention to ‘commoning’, instead, reveals the exclusionary or enabling practices the smart city might foster. Thus, the paper advocates for the direct involvement of the city and its citizens in maintaining and reproducing connectivity networks in the smart city.

    Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
    Additional Information: Cite as: Cardullo, Paolo, 2018. "Commoning the smart city: A case for a public Internet provision," SocArXiv u8dk2, Center for Open Science.
    Keywords: Smart City; Public Internet; Commons; Commoning; Wi-Fi networks;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute, MUSSI
    Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > National Institute for Regional and Spatial analysis, NIRSA
    Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Business
    Item ID: 12768
    Identification Number: SocArXiv u8dk2
    Depositing User: Paolo Cardullo
    Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2020 14:53
    Publisher: Center for Open Science
      Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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