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Most definitions of the city are based on the idea of human communication, and conceptions of the city as an enormous information network are now commonplace (Meier 1962 and Abler 1970). The infrastructure for a society based on knowledge work is coming into place rapidly, if unevenly, and major changes to the nature of work and leisure, the structure of industry and employment, the design of organisations and the character and purpose of social movements are resulting.

As wealthy countries describe themselves as information societies and poorer countries seek development through information and communication technology (ICT), the field of urban information infrastructure has moved to the centre of our effort to understand today’s cities and how they might develop in the future.

This paper briefly reviews the relationship now between ICT and the cities, particularly in Australia where data permit, and surveys the role that communication and information infrastructure might now play in the future form and function of cities.

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