Digital Media, Location Awareness, and the Politics of Geodata

Australian Research Council-funded Discovery project DP180100174

With near-ubiquitous levels of smartphone use in Australia, digital media have become integrated within everyday lives. These services, however, rely on access to an individual’s location, raising privacy and cybersecurity concerns over this sensitive datapoint.

The Digital Media, Location Awareness and the Politics of Geodata project critically examines the increasingly pervasive role of location metadata (or geodata) in Australian smartphone practices and cultures and the implications this has for users, industry, and public administration.

The project’s primary aim is to develop resources to enhance public understanding of geodata and geoprivacy, as well as industry and policy recommendations that address the crucial issue of ‘location awareness’ in everyday digital media use.

Chief Investigators:

  • A/Prof. Peta Mitchell, Digital Media Research Centre, QUT
  • Prof. Larissa Hjorth, ECP Director, Design and Creative Practice, RMIT University

Partner Investigators:

  • Dr Tim Highfield, Department of Media Studies, University of Amsterdam
  • Dr Agnieszka Leszczynski, Department of Geography, Western University
  • Prof. Paul Dourish, Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, University of California, Irvine

For full information, see the project site hosted by the QUT Digital Media Research Centre, and follow @GeoDataPrivacy.