ACE Seminar: Location (un)intelligence: Politics and limitations of location-based profiling

Speaker: Didem Özkul

Date/Time: 01-Nov-2018, 16:00 UTC

Venue: Robert 3.09



Our lives are populated with connected devices which record where we are at any given point in time, how we move in-between those places, who we are travelling with or meeting at those places and, most importantly, why. Places are centres of meaning in life. Efforts to understand what places may mean to us and how we socially construct such meanings are inherent in many profiling algorithms, which aim to generate a detailed picture of who we are based on where we are. In this talk, drawing on examples from user focus groups where participants drew maps of London and built metaphorical models that represent their identities in relation to the mapped places, I discuss the potential limitations of location-based profiling algorithms, their affordances and risks, and the societal implications of location intelligence. 


Didem Özkul is a Lecturer at the UCL Knowledge Lab, Department of Culture, Communication and Media. Her research is situated at the nexus of sociology of mobile media and communication, politics of mobility, political economy of location intelligence, and sociology of space. 

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