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The Digital City and Mediated Urban Ecologies

  • Utilizes theoretical and practical tools of inquiry to offer a comprehensive and yet accessible critique of technological practice

  • Rigorously examines the socio-cultural, economic, and political implications of urban digitality across the US that sets the stage for international examinations of urban digitality in the future

  • Takes an interdisciplinary, humanistic approach to understanding how the use of digital technologies function as a significant part of the urban ecosystem

Palgrave Macmillan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Kristin Scott
    Pages 1-11
  3. Kristin Scott
    Pages 13-40
  4. Kristin Scott
    Pages 161-177
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 179-189

About this book


This book examines the phenomenon of the “digital city” in the U.S. by looking at three case studies: New York City, San Antonio, and Seattle. Scott considers how digital technologies are increasingly built into the logic and organization of urban spaces and argues that while each city articulates ideals such as those of open democracy, civic engagement, efficient governance, and enhanced security, competing capitalist interests attached to many of these digital technological programs make the “digital city” problematic.


Digital City Digital Technological Initiatives Urban Digital Practice Cultural Infrastructure Spatial Theory and Practice

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Communications DepartmentSimmons CollegeBostonUSA

About the authors

Kristin Scott is Senior Lecturer in the Communications Department at Simmons College, USA.

Bibliographic information


“Scott’s excellent book pierces through the celebratory rhetoric about ‘smart’ and ‘digital’ cities to reveal the more unsettling and problematic dimensions of the urban-technology nexus. Focusing on three fascinating cases—New York, San Antonio, and Seattle—The Digital City and Mediated Urban Ecologies explores how public agencies and private industry employ digital networking technologies to pursue the goals of profit, surveillance/security, and social control. In doing so, the book offers an important contribution to urban and media studies.” (Timothy A. Gibson, Department of Communication, George Mason University)

“Kristin Scott’s The Digital City and Mediated Urban Ecologies is a smart, detailed, and provocative exploration of how city governments, corporations, and NGOs have constructed the idea of ‘digital’ or ‘smart’ cities. Scott’s analysis of New York, San Antonio, and Seattle considers the intersections of technology, political economy, and identity to critically consider who is benefiting from urban digital technologies and who is being left behind. It’s a must-read for scholars of mobile technologies, surveillance, urban planning, American culture, and media studies.” (Robert W. Gehl, author of Reverse Engineering Social Media (2014))