Smart Cities: Information And Communication Technology And Citizen Participation

Antonella Stringhini


[extract] In 2015, the United Nations adopted the « The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development», a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity, with the ambition to meet seventeen sustainable development goals and one hundred and sixty-nine targets in the next fifteen years.

The goal No. 11 is about making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. The targets to fulfill this goal refer to three dimensions: social, economic and environmental.

To fulfill the goals of sustainable development, information and communication technologies play a fundamental role. The United Nations recognized that it is practically impossible for the world community to achieve these ambitious goals before 2030 if there is no paradigm change that incorporates the effective, widespread and inclusive application of technology and innovative ideas, understanding that one of the technological solutions for sustainable development are smart cities.

The purpose of this paper is to approach smart cities based on information and communication technologies and citizen participation. In particular, I will try to demonstrate the need to create a culture of citizen participation from the benefits that new technologies offer.

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