Online from: 1988
|Title:||Location based services - new challenges for planning and public administration?|
|Author(s):||Ahas R, Mark U|
|Journal:||Futures, Aug 2005, Volume: 37 Issue: 6 pp.547-561 (15 pages)|
|Keywords:||Mobile Communication Systems, Public Administration, Public Interest, Social Processes, Social Reform|
|Article type:||Research paper|
|Reference:||34AP890 (Permanent URL)|
Design/methodology/approach - Explains that the SPM uses the location coordinates of mobile phones and the social identifications of those carrying them for the purpose of studying the space-time behaviour of society. Discusses future visions of communication technology in an era of unprecedented development in the field of mobile telephony technology, contending that social positioning will change out lives and ways of thinking, surveillance fear is decreasing with the change of generations, and significant changes will occur in geographical and social sciences. Describes the use of SPM in two Estonian studies of space-time behaviour in society, setting out details of the collection of SPM data, the precision of mobile positioning and privacy and surveillance. Considers the feasibility of SPM becoming part of every day life in relation to surveys for planners and geographers, public participation in decision making, and the estimation of social movement. Addresses the issue of who will have control over the information provided by SPM, how data-owners will use and utilize the information, the progress towards total surveillance, and fears about privacy and security.
Findings - Claims that social positioning's place in the future is guaranteed, yet acknowledges that it is difficult to describe the potential of SPM and the changes it will bring about.
Research limitations/implications - Has no stated implications for future research.
Originality/value - Introduces the concept of social positioning method, adding to the limited existing discussion concerning live-map geography and real-time planning in relation to privacy issues.