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Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for a New Utopia

By Anthony Townsend

An unflinching look at the aspiring city-builders of our smart, mobile, connected future.

From Beijing to Boston, cities are deploying smart technologysensors embedded in streets and subways, Wi-Fi broadcast airports and green spacesto address the basic challenges faced by massive, interconnected metropolitan centers. In Smart Cities, Anthony M. Townsend documents this emerging futuristic landscape while considering the motivations, aspirations, and shortcomings of the key actorsentrepreneurs, mayors, philanthropists, and software developersat work in shaping the new urban frontier.