Location Aware Technology and the Threat of Constant Connectivity

Location Aware Technology and the Threat of Constant Connectivity
Innovation
Christine Huang
  • 25 july 2008

With location-aware applications and mobile devices becoming more mainstream, the issue of privacy grows. Nokia researcher Jan Chipchase offers an interesting perspective on the potential influence – and threat – of shared location awareness on personal space, social relations, and our culture as a whole. He discusses how the the breaking down of barriers between privacy, identity and geography mean more than just knowing where you are and what or who’s around you, but with it, a pervading loss of agency. He explains:

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