The program extends its congratulations to CS alumna Kristin Scott, Senior Lecturer in the Communications Department at Simmons College, who has recently published her new book titled The Digital City and Mediated Urban Ecologies.
The Digital City and Mediated Ecologies examines the phenomenon of the “digital city” in the US by looking at three case studies: New York City, San Antonio, and Seattle. Kristin Scott considers how digital technologies are increasingly built into the logic and organization of urban spaces and argues that while each city articulates ideals such as those of open democracy, civic engagement, efficient governance, and enhanced security, competing capitalist interests attached to many of these digital technological programs make the “digital city” problematic.
In this book, Scott utilizes theoretical and practical tools of inquiry to offer a comprehensive and yet accessible critique of technological practice. She rigorously examines the socio-cultural, economic, and political implications of urban digitality across the US that sets the stage for international examinations of urban digitality in the future. She takes an interdisciplinary, humanistic approach to understanding how the use of digital technologies function as a significant part of the urban ecosystem.
October 30, 2016