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Smart City Discourse: The Importance of Communication in the Development of Smart Cities

This research brief was produced for the Community Solutions Network, a program of Future Cities Canada. As the program lead, Evergreen is working with Open North and partners to help communities of all sizes across Canada navigate the smart cities landscape.

Cities in Canada and across the world are grappling with the many operational, technical, and ethical concerns that accompany the adoption of smart city approaches. Alongside these challenges is a growing public dialogue on smart cities. Communication is an important area of focus, and we should consider how society, and its institutions, talk about and frame the concept of smart cities in the public dialogue.

This research brief was written by Michelle Collyer and focuses on the communications aspects of smart cities, and specifically analyzes Infrastructure Canada’s communications surrounding the Smart Cities Challenge (SCC).


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