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

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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
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventUbicomp 2009: 11th International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing - Orlando, Florida, United States
Duration: 30 Sep 20093 Oct 2009
Conference number: 11th


ConferenceUbicomp 2009
CountryUnited States
CityOrlando, Florida
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Bibliographical note

This is a publication, available in the ACM digital library, but I can't find a way to indicate this. It is not simply a conference paper, this is published in ACM proceedings. This was misfiled last year and should be in the Ubicomp publication under the journal article->conference article classification

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