Information and communication technologies are said to be transforming urban life dramatically and bringing about rapid economic and cultural globalization. This book explores the many fascinating and urgent issues involved by relating advanced theoretical debates to practical matters of communication with cultural policy. It maps out a range of ‘optimistic’ and ‘pessimistic’ scenarios with special regard to various forms of inequality, particularly class, gender and geo-political inequalities. The sheer pace of change is difficult to track yet the expert contributors to this volume all offer insights and essential guidance to what is going on. There are chapters on urban planning, virtual cities and actual cities, economic and political policy, and critical social analysis of current trends that are of momentous consequence.

The book concludes that neither technological determinism nor economic determinism satisfactorily account for information and communication technologies and urban development. Instead, it is necessary to bring together a number of differently informing approaches, cultural, economic, political and technological, to make sense of a field of dynamic and contradictory forces.

Fishing with False Teeth: Women, Gender and the Internet

Fishing with false teeth: Women, gender and the internet
SimoneBergman and Liesbetvan Zoonen

If anything can justifiably be called a ‘technocity’, it is the Digitale Stad (Digital City) of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. It was launched in 1994 on the initiative of Dutch hackers and the political cultural centre ‘De Balie’ in Amsterdam. Originally meant as a three-month experiment financed by the city council that would provide a new forum for political debate during council elections, it was so successful that the city kept its gates open after the elections. Its main goal has now become the introduction of Internet possibilities and facilities to a large public; the Digital City therefore provides e-mail services, discussion groups and an entrance ...

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