Colonizing the Spectrum: Demos and the Future Users of Location-Based Technology

Wilkie, Alex and Michael, Mike. 2007. 'Colonizing the Spectrum: Demos and the Future Users of Location-Based Technology'. In: Negotiating the Future International Seminar. Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture (TIK), Norway 1/6/2007. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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‘Colonizing the Spectrum' analyzes the deployment of the user in imagining and assembling location-based mobile phone technologies in the context of UK policy debate. More specifically the authors examination is attuned to the discursive work and achievements of the user in the Demos publication: ‘Mobilisation: the growing interest in mobile technology' (Harkin 2003). Drawing on the burgeoning body of Sociology of Expectations literature, in which the future(s) as an analytical object is addressed, the authors analyze how discourses about users operate in the stimulation/construction and possible enablement of interactive futures. That is to say how the user functions in organizing rhetoric's about persons, mobile phone technologies and the political with a view to determining prospective political and commercial risks and opportunities (arrangements) associated with the management of the electromagnetic spectrum.

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The topic of the seminar was how the future is worked towards, negotiated and secured in the present in various fields of endeavor including, but not limited to, politics, biotechnology, information technologies and scenario forecasting. Online publication

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1 June 2007Published

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Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture (TIK), Norway

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25 Mar 2008 10:31

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07 Jul 2017 11:12


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