Subject This article discusses the creation of Smart city as a catalyst for urban-rural digital gap, as well as the relationship between stakeholders of urban infrastructure arising from the implementation of smart city projects. Objectives The article purports to identify elements of a strategy aimed at reducing the polarization of the quality of life in the area and counteracting the forces that compress and limit the region's socio-economic space. Methods The article provides an overview of the related concepts and terms associated with Smart city, such as the intelligent city, digital city, sustainable city, technology city, and the well-being city and analyzes the world's practices to implement the idea and social Smart city infrastructure. Results The article develops theoretical bases of explosive growth of data generation of digital interaction and defines influence of these data on models of consumer behavior and compression of social and economic space. It represents a scheme of digital interaction of households, consumers, elements of social infrastructure, service sphere through information and communication interface, and offers a developed complex criterion of territorial digital alignment. Relevance The results of the research can be used in the implementation of the concept of Smart City by the relevant consortium and local governments to take measures on territorial digital alignment, developers of Smart city technical means, and the telecom industry actors.
Keywords: smart city, intelligent city, digital divide
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