Net Locality: Why Location Matters in a Networked World / Edition 1

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Overview

The first book to provide an introduction to the new theory of Net Locality and the profound effect on individuals and societies when everything is located or locatable.

  • Describes net locality as an emerging form of location awareness central to all aspects of digital media, from mobile phones, to Google Maps, to location-based social networks and games, such as Foursquare and facebook.
  • Warns of the threats these technologies, such as data surveillance, present to our sense of privacy, while also outlining the opportunities for pro-social developments.
  • Provides a theory of the web in the context of the history of emerging technologies, from GeoCities to GPS, Wi-Fi, Wiki Me, and Google Android.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Professors Gordon (The Urban Spectator: American Concept-Cities from Kodak to Google) and de Souza e Silva examine the evolution and intersection of location and communication—ironically studying the advent of the newest technology by means of one of the oldest forms of communication, the written word. Location and information have long been linked; in 1854 for instance, location was used to determine the cause of a cholera outbreak. Now with the help of modern devices and networks, locational information is more accessible. From finding a friend who happens to be in the restaurant next door to geocaching, technology has changed the way that people interact with their environment. "Governments can use location awareness to track how fast people are driving; some products are being marketed for individuals to track their spouses or their children; advertisers can easily use location information to target people with relevant ads." The authors are clearly enthusiastic about this technology and its possibilities, yet they do address privacy concerns. Particularly interesting is their discussion of the ways in which net locality impacts political engagement and local government, and how location awareness is effecting other cultures. Despite the relevance of the material, the authors' somewhat academic approach will limit their reach to those who are studying or harnessing these technologies. (May)
From the Publisher
"In this regard, the present book is undoubtedly a fine posthumous support of the work of this visionary
Thinker." (Regional Studies, 1 November 2011)

"Gordon and Souza e Silva posit that human understanding of location must refer not just to physical spaces but also to Web-based information linked to these spaces. They consider this information intrinsic to the cultural and social construction of space...They explore personal, social, and cultural implications and consequences of this "networked locality," including impacts on social interaction, urban living and community, and conceptions of privacy. Endnotes and references appear at the conclusion of each chapter. Summing up: Recommended. All levels/libraries." (Choice, 1 October 2011)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405180610
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/17/2011
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Gordon is Associate Professor of New Media at Emerson College in Boston. He is the author of The Urban Spectator: American Concept-cities from Kodak to Google (2010) and he is the director of the Engagement Game Lab, where he designs and studies digital games that enhance local civic engagement.

Adriana de Souza e Silva is Associate Professor at the IT University of Copenhagen in the Design, Culture, Mobility, and Communication (DCMC) research group, and Associate Professor of Communication at North Carolina State University. She is the co-editor (with Daniel M. Sutko) of the book Digital Cityscapes: Merging Digital and Urban Playspaces (2009) and affiliated faculty with the NCSU Digital Games Research Center.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements.

Introduction.

1: Maps.

2: Mobile Annotations.

3: Social Networks and Games.

4: Urban Space.

5: Community.

6: Privacy.

7: Globalization.

8 Conclusion.

Index.

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