Sensing, Projecting and Interpreting Digital Identity Through Bluetooth: From anonymous encounters to social engagement

Ava Fatah gen Schieck, Freya Palmer, Alan Penn, Eamonn O'Neill

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Abstract

This chapter reports an investigation of people’s use of mobile technologies to explore digital identity and presence in the city. We examine perceptions of the Bluetooth landscape through two studies in the city of Bath: a laboratory study using data captured from Bluetooth devices in the city, and a field-based intervention. We apply “digitally augmented” methods for spatial observation and analysis combining Bluetooth scanning with conventional observational and analytical techniques. We also apply an intervention method based on sensing and projecting Bluetooth names in public. We present findings on people’s perception and interpretation of others’ Bluetooth names from the lab-based study, and describe our observations of people’s reaction to the projection of their “digital identity” in public. We note the importance of constructing socially meaningful relations between people mediated by these technologies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFrom social butterfly to engaged citizen: urban informatics, social media, ubiquitous computing, and mobile technology to support citizen engagement
EditorsMarcus Foth, Laura Forlano, Christine Satchell, Martin Gibbs
Place of PublicationCambridge, U. S. A.
PublisherMassachusetts Institute of Technology Press
Pages297-314
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9780262016513
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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Keywords

  • urban encounter
  • Bluetooth
  • pervasive systems
  • digital identity
  • digital presence

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Fatah gen Schieck, A., Palmer, F., Penn, A., & O'Neill, E. (2011). Sensing, Projecting and Interpreting Digital Identity Through Bluetooth: From anonymous encounters to social engagement. In M. Foth, L. Forlano, C. Satchell, & M. Gibbs (Eds.), From social butterfly to engaged citizen: urban informatics, social media, ubiquitous computing, and mobile technology to support citizen engagement (pp. 297-314). Cambridge, U. S. A.: Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press.

Sensing, Projecting and Interpreting Digital Identity Through Bluetooth: From anonymous encounters to social engagement. / Fatah gen Schieck, Ava; Palmer, Freya; Penn, Alan; O'Neill, Eamonn.

From social butterfly to engaged citizen: urban informatics, social media, ubiquitous computing, and mobile technology to support citizen engagement. ed. / Marcus Foth; Laura Forlano; Christine Satchell; Martin Gibbs. Cambridge, U. S. A. : Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press, 2011. p. 297-314.

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Fatah gen Schieck, A, Palmer, F, Penn, A & O'Neill, E 2011, Sensing, Projecting and Interpreting Digital Identity Through Bluetooth: From anonymous encounters to social engagement. in M Foth, L Forlano, C Satchell & M Gibbs (eds), From social butterfly to engaged citizen: urban informatics, social media, ubiquitous computing, and mobile technology to support citizen engagement. Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press, Cambridge, U. S. A., pp. 297-314.
Fatah gen Schieck A, Palmer F, Penn A, O'Neill E. Sensing, Projecting and Interpreting Digital Identity Through Bluetooth: From anonymous encounters to social engagement. In Foth M, Forlano L, Satchell C, Gibbs M, editors, From social butterfly to engaged citizen: urban informatics, social media, ubiquitous computing, and mobile technology to support citizen engagement. Cambridge, U. S. A.: Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press. 2011. p. 297-314
Fatah gen Schieck, Ava ; Palmer, Freya ; Penn, Alan ; O'Neill, Eamonn. / Sensing, Projecting and Interpreting Digital Identity Through Bluetooth: From anonymous encounters to social engagement. From social butterfly to engaged citizen: urban informatics, social media, ubiquitous computing, and mobile technology to support citizen engagement. editor / Marcus Foth ; Laura Forlano ; Christine Satchell ; Martin Gibbs. Cambridge, U. S. A. : Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press, 2011. pp. 297-314
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