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New Digital Geographies: Information, Communication, and Place

  • Matthew Zook
  • Martin Dodge
  • Yuko Aoyama
  • Anthony Townsend
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Abstract

This chapter provides an overview of contemporary trends relevant to the development of geographies based on new digital technologies such as the Internet and mobile phones. Visions of utopian and ubiquitous information superhighways and placeless commerce are clearly passé, yet privileged individuals and places are ever more embedded in these new digital geographies while private and state entities are increasingly embedding these digital geographies in all of us. First is a discussion of the centrality of geographical metaphors to the way in which we imagine and visualize the new digital geographies. Then the example of the commercial Internet (e-commerce) is used to demonstrate the continued central role of place in new digital geography both in terms of where activities cluster and how they vary over space. The transformation of digital connections from fixed (i.e., wired) to untethered (i.e., wireless) connections is explored as to its significance in the way we interact with information and the built environment. Finally is an examination of the troubling issue of the long data shadows cast by all individuals as they negotiate their own digital geographies vis-à-vis larger state and private entities.

Keywords

Technology telecommunications social users of technology e-commerce mobile phones privacy 

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  • Matthew Zook
  • Martin Dodge
  • Yuko Aoyama
  • Anthony Townsend

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