The Advancement of World Digital Cities

Mika Yasuoka, Toru Ishida, Alessandro Aurigi

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This chapter reviews the advancement of several worldwide activities
on regional information spaces empowered by advanced technologies such
as sensors, information terminals, broadband networks and wireless
networks. In the US and Canada, a large number of community networks
supported by grass root activities appeared in the early 1990s. In
Europe, more than one hundred digital cities have been tried, often
supported by local government, central government and EU in the name
of local digitalization. Asian countries have actively adopted the
latest information technologies as a part of national initiatives. In
the past 15 years since the first stage of digital cities, the
development of the original digital cities has leveled off or
stabilized. In spite of that, by looking back at the trajectory of
digital cities, it is clear that digital environments in cities often
benefit from the previous activities on regional information spaces.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environments
EditorsHideyuki Nakashima, Hamid Aghajan, Juan Carlos Augusto
Number of pages30
PublisherSpringer Science+Business Media
Publication date2009
ISBN (Print)978-0-387-93807-3
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • Regional Information Spaces
  • Advanced Technologies
  • Digital Cities
  • Community Networks
  • Information Terminals


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