I rischi sociali connessi alle smart cities

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] Social risks associated with smart cities

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[Autom. eng. transl.] As indicated by the main international and national critical studies, of a sociological nature, published on the topic, smart cities are today talked about a lot. We are constantly bombarded with a wide range of treatments that qualify them as intelligent, innovative, wired, digital, creative, cultural, often tying together in an inextricable and unclear way the technological information transformations that are taking place in the cities with economic changes. , political and socio-cultural. As mentioned in par. 1, over time a great number of definitions have been minted which have ended up encompassing many different aspects; consequently, for some authors, the terminology "smart cities" is today polysemic, imprecise, if not - even - opaque, generic, poor in specific contents. It is clear, however, that whatever the definition you want to embrace, however the terminology has in itself a certain level of rhetorical content: as Hollands effectively writes, "what city does not want to be smart or intelligent?". In this regard, what is interesting in the following pages is to highlight some of the (social) risks associated with an overly enthusiastic embrace of the terminology in question. After having briefly recalled the different types of definitions of existing smart cities (paragraph 1) and their evolution at least in Italy (section 2), we illustrate the problems deriving from the acceptance of an uncritical attitude towards the role played by technology in the today's cities (par. 3), to then focus on the specific question of the growing social polarization that is recorded (par. 4). Finally, some concluding remarks are made regarding the need to overcome the problems illustrated (section 5).
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] Social risks associated with smart cities
Original languageItalian
Title of host publicationL'umanesimo della smart city
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • inclusione sociale
  • sostenibilità urbana


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