The importance of ICT for cities: E-governance and cyber perceptions

Peter Nijkamp*, Galit Cohen Blankshtain

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This paper offers a critical review of current debates on the importance and the potential of ICT for modern cities. Much attention is given to the opportunities offered by local e-governance, as a systematic strategy to exploit the potential of ICT for the public domain in European cities. Since the views of many experts and elected policy-makers in cities (so-called ‘urban frontliners’) is coloured by subjective expectations and perceptions, we examine in particular the extent to which the expected influences of ICT, as perceived by urban frontliners, affect their perceptions of the relevance of ICT to mitigate contemporary urban challenges. The final (empirical) part of the paper addresses the issue of the systematic study of cyber perceptions of cities in Europe.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationMetropolitan regions
Subtitle of host publicationknowledge infrastructures of the global economy
Place of PublicationBerlin ; New York
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)3642321410
ISBN (Print)3642321410, 9783642321405, 9781299855359, 1299855350
StatePublished - 2013

Publication series

NameAdvances in Spatial Science
ISSN (Print)1430-9602
ISSN (Electronic)2197-9375

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The survey was part of the European research project “TeleCityVision”, funded by the European Commission. The partners are: BIS (Germany), COMTEC (Ireland), CTS (Norway), ESI (The Netherlands), FHC (Spain), ICCR (Austria), THEMA (France) and ZTG (Germany).

Publisher Copyright:
© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013.


  • E-governance
  • ICT
  • Perceptions
  • Urban policy


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