Moving beyond Smart Cities: Digital Nations for Social Innovation & Sustainability

Arpan Kumar Kar, Vigneswara Ilavarasan, M. P. Gupta, Marijn Janssen, Ravi Kothari

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Abstract

The next step after smart cities is the creation of digital or smart nations. A digital nation requires a national transformation across diverse institutions including the urban and rural areas of a society. Besides diverse social innovation initiatives, sustainability is a key aspect, so that rather than greenfield projects, long-term solutions will involve brownfield, smart city projects. A digital transformation to a digital or smart nation requires a great deal of innovation in planning, process re-engineering and execution. Whereas research work and policy actions are traditionally focused on a city level, these efforts need to be widened to the national level. Existing city-scale theories and frameworks may be used and adapted to meet the larger-scale needs of the future smart nations. The new issues and research challenges which arise need to be addressed through interdisciplinary approaches. This special issue on the theme of digital nations attempts to address the need in the academic literature to provide a better understanding of digital nations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)495-501
Number of pages7
JournalInformation Systems Frontiers
Volume21
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jun 2019

Keywords

  • Digital nations
  • Implementation barriers
  • Information and communication technology
  • Innovation
  • Smart cities
  • Smart nations
  • Sustainability
  • Technology adoption
  • Technology impact

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