Network locality denotes a shift in the way we experience both the Internet and public spaces, in which location becomes the organizing logic of social interactions. Within the framework of net locality, the emergence of location-aware mobile technologies urges us to consider how these devices strengthen feelings of connection to our surrounding space and nearby people. Location-aware technologies allow us to attach information to places and to communicate with other people depending on one’s relative position in physical space through the use of GPS-equipped mobile technologies. Drawing on the concepts of network locality and hybrid spaces, I will explore the implications of net locality for challenging our traditional notions of privacy, its influence on power relationships, and, more importantly, how it changes the way we navigate and move through urban (hybrid) spaces.
About the Center
The Center for Network Culture at the IT University Copenhagen consists of a group of interdisciplinary researchers from across the institution, coming together to investigate the notion of networked culture, which we see as one of the defining characteristics of the modern world.
We are particularly interested in going beyond the study of individual uses of technologies, focusing instead on the culture(s) of networks, remixing practices, collaboration, and distribution as key to understanding how we are negotiating a complex web of new technologies and social structures. We pay particular attention to the everyday (indeed often mundane) context and construction of network culture in our lives. We are interested in how people relate to each other in this digital world and to the shifting social and political actors that are shaping the future.
We are also strongly interested in the inter-relation between emerging technologies and practices... Read the full text here