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Smart Villages: Where Can They Happen?

Institute of Rural and Agricultural Development, Polish Academy of Sciences, 72 Nowy Świat St., 00-330 Warsaw, Poland
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Land 2020, 9(5), 151;
Received: 10 April 2020 / Revised: 13 May 2020 / Accepted: 14 May 2020 / Published: 14 May 2020
The European Union is actively promoting the idea of “smart villages”. The increased uptake of new technology and in particular, the use of the internet, is seen as a vital part of strategies to combat rural decline. It is evident that those areas most poorly connected to the internet are those confronted by the greatest decline. The analysis in this paper is based on Poland, which at the time of EU accession had many deeply disadvantaged rural areas. Using fine-grained socio-economic data, an association can be found between weak internet access and rural decline in Poland. The preliminary conclusions about the utility of the smart village concept as a revitalisation tool for rural Poland point to theoretical and methodological dilemmas. Barriers to the concept’s implementation are also observed, although there is a chance they may be overcome with the continued spread of information and communication technologies in rural areas. View Full-Text
Keywords: smart villages; EU instruments; rural decline; rural areas; information and communication technologies smart villages; EU instruments; rural decline; rural areas; information and communication technologies
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