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The preceding case studies and conceptual overviews of wired cities reveal considerable diversity. This diversity includes the technologies implemented and discussed, the research approaches, the political foundations, the criteria for success and the population of users in the wired cities as well as the users of the case study reports. We should, of course, celebrate this range of interests and foci. But such differences as exist are not always made explicit, nor in fact do they include all the possible approaches that might be useful. This chapter responds briefly to these two points; it will suggest that certain assumptions or emphases be made more explicit, and that certain topics be considered in future research on advanced wired cities. In particular, it will concentrate on two sets of variables--the analytical perspective taken and measures of quality of life--that would expand research activities, and three variables--success, interactivity and information--that require more explicit definitions.

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