This book evolves out of a research project on information technology and society that seeks to understand some aspects of the digitization of the American city. The transformation of various sectors of society brought about by the advent of information technology (IT) and the virtual mode of communication that the Internet makes possible led me to study the nature of these changes and their implications for daily life in the contemporary American metropolis. The book focuses on actual IT practices in the Silicon Valley/San Francisco Metropolitan Area, documenting and explaining how those practices are remolding social relations, global interaction, and workplace environments.
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- 1.In the sociological literature, a “digital city” sometimes refers to a central Web site or network developed by a city administration to provide information and transact business (Patrice Riemens and Geert Lovink, Local Networks: Digital City Amsterdam, In Global Networks: Linking Cities edited by Saskia Sassen. New York: Routledge, 2002, pp. 327–345;Google Scholar
- Alessandrno Aurigi and Stephen Graham, The “Crisis” in the Public Urban Realm, In Cyberspace Divide edited by Brian D. Loader. New York: Routledge, 1998, pp. 57–80). The concept is also used to refer to the mass of virtual communications and transactions that fulfill human needs that were once met exclusively by the traditional physical city. In this book, “digital city” has three meanings: first, it is the expansion, transformation, and reconfiguration of urban practices brought about by the interface of reality with virtuality; second, it refers to aspects of the social and global networks of interaction that urbanites develop because of Internet connectivity; and third, it refers to the social and physical infrastructure that sustains the deployment, operation and reproduction of urban virtual practices.Google Scholar