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February 2023
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The rise of 'smart' – or technologically advanced – cities has been well documented, while governance of such technology has remained unresolved. Integrating surveillance, AI, automation, and smart tech within basic infrastructure as well as public and private services and spaces raises a complex set of ethical, economic, political, social, and technological questions. The Governing Knowledge Commons (GKC) framework provides a descriptive lens through which to structure case studies examining smart tech deployment and commons governance in different cities. This volume deepens our understanding of community governance institutions, the social dilemmas communities face, and the dynamic relationships between data, technology, and human lives. For students, professors, and practitioners of law and policy dealing with a wide variety of planning, design, and regulatory issues relating to cities, these case studies illustrate options to develop best practice. Available through Open Access, the volume provides detailed guidance for communities deploying smart tech.


‘Governing smart cities - or governing cities of any type - is one of the most important and understudied issues facing cities, societies and economies today. The collection of essays in Governing Smart Cities as Knowledge Commons helps us better understand the key policy and regulatory issues at play and what they portend for the future of our cities.’

Richard Florida - author of The Rise of the Creative Class

‘In this new addition to the ground-breaking governing knowledge commons series, editors Frischmann, Madison, and Sanfilippo have assembled an impeccable cast of global thought leaders to examine a topic that in many ways has never been more pressing, the governance of smart cities. The privacy, security, and broader resilience themes analyzed in this volume, and the arguments built on the GKC Framework that they advocate, will help shape both academic and policy conversations in the public and private sectors for many years to come.’

Scott J. Shackelford - Professor of Business Law and Ethics, Indiana University Kelley School of Business

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  • Governing Smart Cities as Knowledge Commons
    pp i-i
  • Cambridge Studies on Governing Knowledge Commons - Series page
    pp ii-ii
  • Governing Smart Cities as Knowledge Commons - Title page
    pp iii-iii
  • Copyright page
    pp iv-iv
  • Contents
    pp v-vi
  • Figures
    pp vii-viii
  • Tables
    pp ix-x
  • Contributors
    pp xi-xii
  • Introduction
    pp 1-5
  • 1 - Smart Cities and Knowledge Commons
    pp 6-26
  • Part I - Social Dilemmas around Urban Data
    pp 27-80
  • 2 - The Challenge for Cities of Governing Spatial Data Privacy
    pp 29-57
  • Part II - Polycentricity and Urban Data
    pp 81-220
  • 4 - Community Land Trusts as a Knowledge Commons
    pp 83-111
  • Challenges and Opportunities
  • 5 - Smart Tech Deployment and Governance in Philadelphia
    pp 112-156
  • Part III - Private Influence on Decision-Making
    pp 221-292
  • 9 - From Thurii to Quayside
    pp 267-292
  • Creating Inclusive Blended Spaces in Digital Communities
  • Part IV - Lessons for Smart Cities
    pp 293-294
  • Conclusion
    pp 309-320


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