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Framing, Locality and the Body in Augmented Public Space

ByPatrick Allen

This chapter examines the emerging spatiality of a society increasingly reliant on technologically mediated forms of surveillance: a pervasive surveillance society. In doing so the chapter ties Geography, Media Theory and Surveillance Studies more closely together. In surveillance studies, the digital has been in many ways the key to study of the 'new surveillance'. The geography of the pervasive surveillance society is a dynamic and contested process of the spatial control, or territoriality, of spaces that are at once both physical and virtual. The recombination of physical and virtual space is achieved through pervasive computing. Pervasive Computing is essentially the ubiquitous distribution and "vanishing" of digital computers into the background of everyday infrastructure, objects and even living things. Open-source, collaborative socio-spatial design could likewise create spatial protocols that actually open up better forms of civility and interaction and new domains of possibility for a wider range of citizens.