A city as a virtual community — Several perspectives


  • Piotr Siuda Kazimierz Wielki Univerity in Bydgoszcz




Virtual community, City and Internet, Online locality, Social capital, Big data, e-government


We are currently dealing with the emergence of cities as virtual communities. They should be considered in terms of a specific relation of the local urban space with the cyberspace and rejection of dichotomy of the territory versus deterritorialization. The article characterizes city as a virtual community from several perspectives: 1) Resurgence of locality and changes in the nature of interpersonal relationships; 2) Changes in the understanding of public and private space; 3) The impact of the city as a virtual community on social capital; 4) The possibilities of big data generated within the virtual community; 5) Possibilities of involving city dwellers in the process of local governance; and 6) encouraging them to social activity. The Internet brings a huge change in the perception and experience of the city and we must do everything to use this change for the benefit of urban residents.




How to Cite

Siuda, P. (2020). A city as a virtual community — Several perspectives. First Monday, 25(12). https://doi.org/10.5210/fm.v25i12.10596