Net Locality: Why Location Matters in a Networked World
May 2011, Wiley-Blackwell
- 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.
2: Mobile Annotations.
3: Social Networks and Games.
4: Urban Space.
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.
"Recommended. All levels/libraries." (Choice, 1 October 2011)
"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." (Publishers Weekly , 30 May 2011)“Net Locality is a superb and thought-provoking guide to the merging of communication, information and location.”
Steve Jones, University of Illinois at Chicago
"If anyone still believes in the death of distance, now there is a definite response. Gordon and de Souza e Silva not only confirm that place continues to matter, they also dismantle the old physical/virtual dichotomy and clarify the relationship between bits and atoms.”
Marcus Foth, Queensland University of Technology
“Services such as Facebook Places, Foursquare, Glympse, Loopt, WikiMe, GeoGraffiti, and Google Maps and dozens of others mean that we can attach information to locations, discover new dimensions to the world around us and engage in social networking via mobile devices, recalibrating our privacy as we go along. Gordon and de Souza e Silva’s work helps us to understand how location-based services will change our daily lives."
Rich Ling, IT University of Copenhagen