What can people do with your spatial data? Socio-ethical scenarios

Roba Abbas, Katina Michael, M. G. Michael

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5 Scopus citations


Location-Based Services (LBS) provide value-added solutions to users based on location or position information and other contextual data. They enable the collection of GPS data logs or location chronicles, and may be deployed on a range of devices, many of which presently come in the form of commercially available product solutions with corresponding applications. This chapter presents the outcomes of an observational study of LBS users, which was designed to gauge user perspectives in relation to LBS socio-ethical dilemmas. The focus is on the outcomes of a spatial analysis exercise, which resulted in the development of a series of scenarios (in map format) that demonstrate varying LBS usability contexts. The scenarios range across various risk levels, and can be used as further input into consultative practices that are centered on the socio-ethical implications of LBS usage. Additionally, the results of the LBS observational study can be utilized to inform the need for LBS regulation. Future research directions are proposed, allowing for the study to be extended to wider contexts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationManaging Security Issues and the Hidden Dangers of Wearable Technologies
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages32
ISBN (Electronic)9781522510178
ISBN (Print)1522510168, 9781522510161
StatePublished - Aug 26 2016
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)


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