• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

Using Geodata and Geolocation in the Social Sciences: Mapping our Connected World provides an engaging and accessible introduction to the Geoweb with clear, step-by-step guides for: • Capturing Geodata from sources including GPS, sensor networks and Twitter • Visualizing Geodata using programmes including QGIS, GRASS and R Featuring colour images, practical exercises and a companion website packed with resources, this book is the perfect guide for students and teachers looking to incorporate location-based data into their social science research.

Challenges of the Geoweb Data Accuracy, Privacy, and Surveillance
Challenges of the Geoweb: Data Accuracy, Privacy, and Surveillance

This chapter looks at:

  • Privacy and surveillance in the digital age
  • Digital breadcrumbs in a city of surveillance
  • The power of algorithms
  • Geodata inaccuracies in a spatially connected world

Each time you make a call on a mobile telephone, your voice is transmitted via radio waves to a nearby cell tower. The concept of breaking up geographic space into cells emerged in the 1970s as a way to minimize interference and maximize the reuse of the limited radio frequencies available for such calls. Ever since, the number of cell towers has been increasing rapidly as cellular networks have spread across the landscape, broadening the spatial extent of mobile communication networks. Given that ...

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