Net Locality

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Net Locality: Why Location Matters in a Networked World
2011 first edition
Author Eric Gordan and Adriana de Souza e Silva
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Textbook
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Publication date
Media type Print Paperback)
Pages 187
ISBN 978-1-4051-8060-3

"Net Locality: Why Location Matters in a Networked World" (2011) is a textbook written by Eric Gordon and Adriana de Souza e Silva. The book revolves around a brand new concept that Gordon and de Souza e Silva call Net Locality. Net Locality is locational awareness based on mobile technologies. This book delves deep into how individuals and societies interact with their environment when virtually everything thing they do is traceable and locatable.


Chapter 1: Maps
Chapter 2 Mobile Annotations
Chapter 3 Social Networks and Games
Chapter 4 Urban Spaces
Chapter 5: Community
Chapter 6 Privacy
Chapter 7 Globalization
Chapter 8 Conclusion


While Eric Gordon and Adriana de Souza e Silva received praise from many, including Marcus Foth of Queensland University of Technology claiming that Net Locality brings back to life the idea that place still matters, the book is still up for debate on the dichotomy of the physical/virtual world. Allen Smith who works for WHERE had this to say about the writings, “I always thought about recent phone technology as allowing the internet to come out into the world and overlay it with information, I never thought of it the other way around, “extending the idea and functionality of location into the network.” [1] Gordon replied to this by claiming that although the term "net-locality" is about the internet presence in everyday life, it is also true that our definition of networked interactions are changing from our perception of social norms and physical location.


  1. ^ "More Thoughts on Net-Locality". Place of Social Media. 2007-08-30. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 


Gordon, Eric, and Adriana De Souza E Silva. Net Locality: Why Location Matters in a Networked World. Chichester, West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011. Print.