Waze, Wars, Wanton Disregard for User Privacy 1

Waze, Wars, Wanton Disregard for User Privacy
I’ve decided to jot some things down about the recent Israeli Waze-featured controversy. While the main facts have been reported in the English language Isaraeli and international press, there were certain aspects reported in Hebrew that are of interest for those researching digital maps. The Facts. On the night Monday, February 29, 2016, two Israeli ...

From Google to Waze and Back, or Here Comes the Drivenger

From Google to Waze and Back, or Here Comes the Drivenger
Here’s a prolonged deliberation on agency, design, cars and the future rise of drivengers, that will drive/ride automatic cars. It’s an attempt to make heads or tails out of the uneasy relationship that technologies behind mapping conglomerates have with cars and the movement of cars in space. There are two main actors in this post ...

What Facebook ‘Nearby Friends’ Means from a Playful Perspective

What Facebook ‘Nearby Friends' Means from a Playful Perspective
Well, it means that Facebook is further tapping into What Brian Sutton-Smith calls ‘the rhetoric of play as the imaginary’ – whereas playfulness is associated with creativity, discovery and serendipity. Facebook rolled out an opt-in update that allows people to track and be tracked via the app, capitalising on the potential of running into your ...

Post Gozo Aftermath 2

Post Gozo Aftermath
This is an initial post to solidify some thoughts on the experience (experiment?) with mobile digital playful navigation, which we called the ‘Go go Gozo’ game. Carried out over several days between October 15 till 21st (including preparations and de-briefing), the game was played by seven students of Manchester University Geography course on Islands and ...

The Sempahore Line brings visions of futuristic mobilities a’ la BBC and juxtaposes them with recent updates on LA auto-traffic system. The future, according to BBC, is full with robotic enmeshed vehicles. foldable city cars and repetitive stock techno music.