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Future Internet 2012, 4(2), 563-574; doi:10.3390/fi4020563

The U-City Paradigm: Opportunities and Risks for E-Democracy in Collaborative Planning

Department of Architecture and Town Planning, Bari Polytechnic, via Orabona 4, Bari 70126, Italy
Received: 25 January 2012 / Revised: 5 March 2012 / Accepted: 22 May 2012 / Published: 5 June 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue NeoGeography and WikiPlanning)
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Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) tools appear to enhance the possibilities offered by a collaborative approach to planning. The present paper analyzes both the results of experiences of the author and of those available in the literature, highlighting possible advantages and disadvantages. After a brief introduction to the meaning of e-democracy, the second part focuses on the role of ICT in collaborative planning, proceeding in the third part to an illustration of an initial panorama of knowledge gathered using ICT in such processes, while discussing criticisms and opportunities. The fourth part discusses the U-city paradigm as a driver of change in urban planning participation processes. Research perspectives are then outlined in the final part.
Keywords: e-democracy; collaborative planning; participation in planning e-democracy; collaborative planning; participation in planning
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