The commodification of location: Dynamics of power in location-based systems

Irina Shklovski, Janet Vertesi, Emily Troshynski, Paul Dourish

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Abstract

Location-based ubiquitous computing systems are entering mainstream society and becoming familiar parts of everyday life. However, the settings in which they are deployed are already suffused with complex social dynamics. We report on a study of parole officers and parolees whose relationships are being transformed by location-based technologies. While parolees are clearly subjects of state discipline, the parole officers also find themselves subject to new responsibilities. This study highlights the complexities of power in sociotechnical systems and what happens when location becomes a tradable, technological object.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationUbiComp'09 - Proceedings of the 11th ACM International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing
Pages11-20
Number of pages10
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 27 2009
Externally publishedYes
Event11th ACM International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing, UbiComp'09 - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: Sep 30 2009Oct 3 2009

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series

Other

Other11th ACM International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing, UbiComp'09
CountryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL
Period9/30/0910/3/09

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Networks and Communications

Keywords

  • Discipline
  • GPS
  • Power
  • Surveillance

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    Shklovski, I., Vertesi, J., Troshynski, E., & Dourish, P. (2009). The commodification of location: Dynamics of power in location-based systems. In UbiComp'09 - Proceedings of the 11th ACM International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing (pp. 11-20). (ACM International Conference Proceeding Series). https://doi.org/10.1145/1620545.1620548