Net Locality. Why Location Matters in a Networked World

  • ID: 2247369
  • Book
  • Region: Global
  • 200 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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The web is all around us. The use of mobile phones and location–aware technologies and the ability for people to browse information from wherever they may be, means that physical location has become an important factor in how data is categorized and accessed. This book provides an introduction to the new theory of Net Locality, an emerging form of location awareness, a concept becoming central to cultural production and everyday life.

Net locality is crucial to all aspects of digital media, from mobile phones to online maps to location–based social networks and games. This book describes what happens to individuals and societies when virtually everything is located or locatable and what they can do with this awareness, from organizing impromptu political protests to finding nearby friends and resources. It covers the dangers and affordances that these technologies present, from challenging traditional notions of privacy to the reimagining of urban public space.

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1: Maps.

2: Mobile Annotations.

3: Social Networks and Games.

4: Urban Space.

5: Community.

6: Privacy.

7: Globalization.

8 Conclusion.


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"In this regard, the present book is undoubtedly a fine posthumous support of the work of this visionary Thinker." (Regional Studies, 1 November 2011)

"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)

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