From spaces to places: Emerging contexts in mobile privacy

Clara Mancini, Keerthi Thomas, Yvonne Rogers, Blaine A. Price, Lukasz Jedrzejczyk, Arosha K. Bandara, Adam N. Joinson, Bashar Nuseibeh

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Mobile privacy concerns are central to Ubicomp and yet remain poorly understood. We advocate a diversified approach, enabling the cross-interpretation of data from complementary methods. However, mobility imposes a number of limitations on the methods that can be effectively employed. We discuss how we addressed this problem in an empirical study of mobile social networking. We report on how, by combining a variation of experience sampling and contextual interviews, we have started focusing on a notion of context in relation to privacy, which is subjectively defined by emerging socio-cultural knowledge, functions, relations and rules. With reference to Gieryn's sociological work, we call this place, as opposed to a notion of context that is objectively defined by physical and factual elements, which we call space. We propose that the former better describes the context for mobile privacy.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUbiComp'09 - Proceedings of the 11th ACM International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing
Place of PublicationNew York, U. S. A.
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781605584317
Publication statusPublished - 27 Nov 2009
Event11th ACM International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing, UbiComp'09 - Orlando, FL, USA United States
Duration: 30 Sept 20093 Oct 2009


Conference11th ACM International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing, UbiComp'09
Country/TerritoryUSA United States
CityOrlando, FL


  • Context
  • Contextual interview
  • Experience sampling
  • Facebook
  • Memory phrase
  • Mobile privacy
  • Place

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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