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Publication Detail
Exploring the Digital Encounters in the Public Arena
  • Publication Type:
    Chapter
  • Authors:
    Fatah gen Schieck A, Kostakos V, Penn A
  • Publisher:
    Springer-Verlag London Limited
  • Publication date:
    2010
  • Pagination:
    179, 195
  • Chapter number:
    9
  • Editors:
    Willis KS,Roussos G,Chorianopoulos K
  • ISBN-10:
    1848827261
  • ISBN-13:
    9781848827264
  • Status:
    Published
  • Book title:
    Shared Encounters
  • Keywords:
    Computers
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Abstract
In this chapter we explore the types of encounters that technology enables. We consider the differences between digital and non-digital encounters through two pilot studies carried out in the city of Bath, UK. We investigate how technology can be appropriated for shared interactions that support conscious (or unconscious) social encounters and highlight the importance of space and the role of place in providing temporal and spatial mechanisms facilitating different types of shared encounters. Here we apply a method based on intervention through ‘sensing and projecting’ Bluetooth names and digital identity in the public arena and describe initial observations about people’s reaction towards the projection of their Bluetooth names in public. In particular we note the significance of constructing socially meaningful relations between people mediated by these technologies. We discuss initial results and outline issues raised in detail before finally describing ongoing work.
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