PUBLICATION - Co-shaping smart cities: participation inequalities in civic crowdsourcing

(27-06-2021)

This paper studies participation divides on civic crowdsourcing platforms in a smart city context. Such platforms are hybrid applications of distributed urban innovation management and new modes of digital citizenship. Hence, they are often applied to co-shape future urban environments. However, the emergence of new participatory instruments also brings new digital inequalities, as their adoption is not distributed equally. Therefore, this article explores the role of civic engagement, digital inequalities, and opinion leadership in understanding differences in participatory behavior on such platforms. This study shows that participation differences on civic crowdsourcing platforms are explained by opinion leadership and political engagement, but not by community engagement or traditional digital inequalities. This reveals that such platforms are used most by those who were already participating and have high levels of expertise, which sheds a light on the empowering potential of such platforms and its democratic implications.

Autors: Bastiaan Baccarne & Lieven De Marez

Baccarne, B., & De Marez, L. (2021). Co-Shaping Smart Cities: Participation Inequalities in Civic Crowdsourcing. International Journal of Urban Planning and Smart Cities 2(2), 34-47. DOI: 10.4018/IJUPSC.2021070103

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