Where does the “digital city” exist in the scheme of things? By this time, all cities, whether by design or by accident, whether in a deteriorating or renaissance state are, to some degree, “digital.” William Mitchell, Dean of the School of Architecture at MIT has suggested that digital telecommunications networks would transform urban form and function as radically as piped water supply and sewer networks, mechanized transportation networks, telegraph and telephone networks, and electrical grids had done in the past. To what extent do Information Technology (IT) rich environments influence behavior in virtual and physical environments? Can community be sustained in the 21st century without dependency upon global media connection? To what degree is communication dependency built into a contemporary vision of community? Can a community dependent upon external connection retain an identifiable and idiosyncratic character? How can unique social spaces of a physical city best co-exist with a digital city? Does the existence of broadband technology affect the urban/suburban/rural patterns of social and organizational interaction? Does the conspicuous presence of cellular telephones have an impact upon the nature of public interaction? Do the strange proxemics of cyberspace impact upon our social expectations of interaction? Where are the sites of interaction in the contemporary landscape? How are communities and social interactions changing in response to the digital network infrastructure being integrated in so many cities? What are the social, economic, and political implications of smart cities and wired cities?This panel will consider the impact, implications and forms of assessment applicable to examining the social issues associated with environments ever more effected by IT. This panel is sponsored by the CommunicationTechnology and Place Network.