The legal and political issues involved in the Smart City phenomenon will be the main thematic focus of the 11th International Conference on Internet, Law & Politics (IDP 2015).

The term smart city is usually referred to the application of information and communication technologies to find innovative solutions to the complexities and challenges that cities must face today. It has multiple dimensions including logistics, communications, the provision of public services (i.e. education, public health, security, etc.). As urban life is increasingly conditioned by the development of technology, the term “smart city” has gained more saliency, though its meaning remains controversial. It has been related to a variety of different aims such as sustainability, citizen participation, improvement of public services, efficiency and resource optimization, etc. But, what makes a city “smart”, and what services should it provide?

Information and communication technologies applied to city management involve not only technical but also social, legal and political issues. On the one hand, digital technologies open new spaces that require new forms of regulation (concerning the limits of privacy, the boundary between public and private, the digital divide, etc.). On the other hand, technology also shapes the way urban actors relate to each other, including the relation between citizens and public service providers. This challenges traditional bureaucratic models and gives rise to new ways of articulating social and political life.

The IDP Conference

The ten editions that have already been held have established the IDP Conference as the annual meeting place for researchers, scholars and professionals interested in the consequences of the use of information and communication technologies in the different fields of law and politics. A proof of the international character of the conference is the participation of leading international academics and researchers in previous editions, among others, Benjamin Barber, Lilian Edwards, Jane Ginsburg, James Grimmelmann, Mireille Hildebrandt, Henrik Kaspersen, Greg Lastowka, Fred von Lohmann, Ronald Leenes, Helen Margetts, Chris Marsden, Eben Moglen, Evgeny Morozov, John Palfrey, Yves Poullet, Stefano Rodotà, Gerald Spindler, Alain Strowel, Cécile de Terwangne, Julián Valero, John Vervaele, Duncan Watts or Jonathan Zittrain.

The Conference is developed and organised by the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Open University of Catalonia, UOC) Law and Political Sciences department.

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