ICT, Urban Regeneration and Citizen Participation, A Case Study of Preparation of Hackney for Olympics and Paralympics Games 2012

Sohrabi, Mahsima; Akhoundi, Abbas Ahmad; Shokrkhah, Younes
April 2014
Journal of Applied Sciences Research;Apr2014, Vol. 10 Issue 4, p271
Academic Journal
This paper aims to interrogate the exploitation of ICT in urban regeneration projects to scrutinize the correlation between citizen participation and its potential implications for the economic development and competitiveness of the cities. It has been implemented within selection of one of the five host boroughs for Olympics and Paralympics Games 2012 in the UK i.e. Hackney, by assessing and anatomizing the observed criteria for E-participation by Hackney Council through preparatory urban regeneration programs in this borough. Ultimately, it was concluded that; notwithstanding salient economic and cultural accomplishments in the borough by virtue of hosting a mega event like Olympic Games, the official stakeholders were not sufficiently successful in regards of adequate employment of ICT in regards of acquiring citizen participation. The ensuing unrests in the UK before Olympic Games 2012; significantly in Hackney, can lay the groundwork for more research in the social field of urban regeneration to shed light on the importance and prominence of social aspects of urban regeneration programs; significantly in the shadow and conduit of ICT; rather than economic or political dimensions of it.


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