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Slogan "Insight and ideas that impact the world around you."
Category Business, technology, science, energy, healthcare, design, thought leadership
Publisher CBS Interactive
Editions USA, France
Registration Optional
Readership 250,000[1]
Country  United States
Editor Larry Dignan

SmartPlanet was an online magazine that covers clean technology and information technology as it relates to healthcare, science, transportation, corporate sustainability, architecture and design. It was part of the business portfolio of CBS Interactive that included BNET and ZDNet and was known for its daily coverage of the technology and energy industries. It stopped publishing on June 30, 2014.


  • History 1
  • Editorial Coverage 2
    • Blogs 2.1
    • Video 2.2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


SmartPlanet logo circa 2008.
SmartPlanet logo circa 2009.
SmartPlanet's homepage in 2008.

The site was first launched by Ziff Davis on November 2, 1999[2] as an online educational service and "personal learning community" focused on the technology industry.[3][4]

After CNET Networks acquired Ziff Davis and subsidiary ZDNet in 2000,[5] SmartPlanet was relaunched in 2001 as a paid learning service for IT professionals.[6]

In 2008, it was relaunched as a U.K.-based eco-friendly, green lifestyle publication that featured reviews of sustainable and ethical products.[7][8][9] It was edited by Adam Vaughan, who is now editor of The Guardian's environment section.[10]

In June 2009, SmartPlanet was relocated to the U.S. and revamped as a business-centric publication led by ZDNet editor-in-chief Larry Dignan.[11] It stopped publishing on June 30, 2014, and its staff and content were merged with ZDNet.

Editorial Coverage

SmartPlanet's homepage in 2010.
SmartPlanet's homepage in 2014.

At launch in 2009, SmartPlanet was divided into three sections: Smart Business, Smart Technology and Smart People.


Within SmartPlanet's sections were several blogs:

  • Business Brains, which covers cities, transportation and corporate sustainability.
  • Intelligent Energy, which covers clean technology.
  • Pure Genius, which profiles the inventors and thought leaders behind innovation.
  • Rethinking Healthcare, which covers health technology and policy.
  • Science Scope, which covers scientific discoveries.
  • Thinking Tech, which covers aerospace, automotive, military, supercomputers and other applied technology.
  • Solving Cities, which covers urban planning, public works infrastructure, government 2.0 initiatives and green building.
  • Transport Theory, which covers various modes of transportation and the systems and infrastructure that support them.
  • Smart Takes, an editor's blog with daily news and opinion items.

Its blogs were eliminated in a 2013 redesign and rebranding that recategorized the content into news ("The Latest," formerly called "The Bulletin") and features ("The Issue").

The opening slate to "The Future Of..."


SmartPlanet regularly produced original video on new technologies, innovators and industry conferences on sustainability, energy and green technology.

The site's occasional series called "The Future Of..." was known for featuring real-world applications of new technologies that redefine existing products or services, such as diabetic monitors, bus stops and hospitals. [12]

In 2011, the series won the Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award for "Best Use of Video" by a B2B trade publication.[13]

See also


  1. ^ " - Quantcast Audience Profile". Quantcast Corp. 1 April 2011. Retrieved 1 April 2010. 
  2. ^ PR Newswire (November 2, 1999). " Goes Live with the Largest Personal Learning Community On the Web".  
  3. ^ Business Wire (March 14, 2000). "SmartPlanet Teams With Intuit to Rescue Consumers From Burdens of Tax Season".  
  5. ^ Greg Winter, Alex Kuczynski (July 20, 2000). "CNet Is Buying What Remains Of Ziff-Davis".  
  6. ^ CBS Interactive (June 20, 2001). "CNET Networks launches "SmartPlanet" online technology learning and certification service".  
  7. ^ CNET Networks UK (March 6, 2008). "Website makes it easy to go green".  
  8. ^ Press Gazette (UK) (April 17, 2008). "Websites net the green angle...".  
  9. ^ Sarah Crawley-Boevey (March 11, 2008). "CNET goes green with new website launch".  
  10. ^ The Guardian (September 28, 2007). "Adam Vaughan".  
  11. ^ Andrew Nusca (June 3, 2009). "Welcome to SmartPlanet, a new CBS Interactive site".  
  12. ^ SmartPlanet (September 30, 2010). "The future of...hospitals".  
  13. ^  

External links

  • Hiskes, Jonathan (2010-01-26). "SmartPlanet is not going green". Analysis. Seattle:  
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