Title: Planning ubiquitous cities for social inclusion

Authors: Jung Hoon Han; Sang Ho Lee

Addresses: Planning and Urban Development, Faculty of the Built Environment, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052, Australia ' Department of Urban Engineering, Hanbat National University, 16-1 Dukmyung-dong, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon, 305-719, Korea

Abstract: Contemporary cities, with diverse histories, cultures and topologies, have evolved to adopt new information and communication technology, networks and infrastructure. A number of urban issues have recently emerged in technology driven societies. These include: 1) technology stabilisation; 2) digital service redistribution; and 3) equitable technology allocation. This paper investigates technology adaptation to the effects of the recent information and communication technology (ICT) shift to ubiquitous or pervasive computing. Drawing on both the Australian and Korean experience we discuss ICT development strategies to address the digital divide and digital inequality at different spatial and technological scales.

Keywords: ubiquitous cities; u-cities; digital divide; digital inequality; national broadband networks; NBN; social inclusion; urban planning; ubiquitous computing; ICT; technology adaptation; pervasive computing; Australia; Korea; technology stabilisation; digital service redistribution; technology allocation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJKBD.2013.054092

International Journal of Knowledge-Based Development, 2013 Vol.4 No.2, pp.157 - 172

Available online: 20 May 2013 *

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