Digital location, or geolocation, is centrally important to the genesis and acceleration of the contemporary platform economy. Location-based services, location data, and location-enabled devices have given rise to a trillion-dollar industry globally. A wide variety of venture capital-backed technology firms, from ride-sharing services like Uber to short-term accommodation platform Airbnb, depend on locational data and digital mapping for their manifold logistical operations, user interfaces, and advertising partnerships. As locative technologies figure prominently in the flurry of activities crystallizing around an emergent ‘platform urbanism’, the ways that digital platforms’ affordances and business models are underwritten by geolocation have largely escaped scholarly attention. This session track brings together papers that make empirical, methodological, and theoretical contributions to contending with the political-economic and economic-political formations and spatialities of geolocation and the platform economy.
|Presenter||Peta Mitchell*, Queensland University of Technology, The rise and rhetoric of location intelligence, or, location data and its metaphors||20||8:00 AM|
|Presenter||Will Payne*, University of California - Berkeley, Crawling the City: Geolocation and/as Free Labor in the Platform Economy||20||8:20 AM|
|Presenter||Chiara Iacovone*, Polytechnic of Turin, Reading uneven structures of post-crisis cities through Airbnb platform urbanization||20||8:40 AM|
|Discussant||David Wachsmuth McGill University||20||9:00 AM|
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