ABSTRACT

This chapter offers a multilayered model, to open the black box, and it provides a heuristic for critically examining the mobile applications. This multilayered model is able to account for the way in which networked devices move through space and for non-human as well as human agency, without reifying one concept at the expense of the others. The layered assemblage that determines Hailo's use is simultaneously recruited by the application and hidden by the interface at the moment of normal use. Deleuze and Guattari employ the notion of the assemblage in an effort to open up new forms of the political engagement. Stephen Graham addresses the politics of computation in the city by introducing the concept of software-sorted geographies. A software-sorted geography is any space that has been produced through automated analysis and regulation. The transmitted data are bundled up with specific information about the data to ensure that they are correctly received and processed by the telecommunications infrastructure.