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Towards a Digital (Societal) Infrastructure?
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social and Economic Geography.
2010 (English)In: Urban Studies, ISSN 0042-0980, E-ISSN 1360-063X, Vol. 47, no 1, 183-195 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In what ways might informational techniques and information technology alter the infrastructure of society? The approach employed in this paper involves a number of fundamental, almost historically determined, conditions for the emergence of an increasingly societal infrastructure. This discussion is then related to analyses of the significance of information and communication technologies (ICT) in terms of ubiquities, agglomerations and clusters. Are there grounds for assuming that these trends are having an impact on the systems of towns and cities of differing sizes and at varying distances? In conclusion, the discussion turns to the issue of whether developments in informational techniques over the past 20 years are leading towards what has been referred to as a digital division of labour and, by extension, also towards a ‘digital (societal) infrastructure’.

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2010. Vol. 47, no 1, 183-195 p.
Keyword [en]
digital infrastructure, cities, information and communication technologies, digital division of labour
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Human Geography
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Social and Economic Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-114047DOI: 10.1177/0042098009346328ISI: 000272950700009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-114047DiVA: diva2:292699
Available from: 2010-02-09 Created: 2010-02-09 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved

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