Net Locality

Authored by: Adriana de Souza e Silva , Eric Gordon

The Routledge Handbook of Mobilities

Print publication date:  December  2013
Online publication date:  January  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415667715
eBook ISBN: 9781315857572
Adobe ISBN: 9781317934134


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The pervasiveness of mobile location-aware technology has made it possible to consistently and persistently locateourselves and be networked while moving through physical space. As location-aware mobile devices become commonplace, we experience a shift in the way we connect to the Internet. We call this shift net locality(Gordon and de Souza e Silva 2011). In net locality, location becomes the organizational logic of social and networked interactions. Contrary to what was often forecasted in the early days of the Internet, being networked actually increases our awareness of the local, and our connection to physical spaces. Net locality suggests that access to the Internet is dependent on users’ locations, local communities, cultures and contexts.

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