Political Economies of Geolocation II

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Digital Geographies Specialty Group, Economic Geography Specialty Group, Geographic Information Science and Systems Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/3/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: 8201, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
Organizers: Agnieszka Leszczynski, Will Payne
Chairs: Will Payne


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.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Jeremy W. Crampton*, Newcastle University, Harrison Smith, Newcastle University, Colette Berbesque, Roehampton University, Steve Graham, Newcastle University, Kara Hoover, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Surveillance Anxiety at Festivals as a Predictor for Smart Cities 20 9:55 AM
Presenter Agnieszka Leszczynski*, Western University, Geolocation and the affective assembly of the platform economy 20 10:15 AM
Presenter Harrison Smith*, Newcastle University, 'Keeping Pace with the Consumer': Political Economy and the Location Analytics Industry 20 10:35 AM
Presenter Luis Alvarez Leon*, Dartmouth College, Mapping the Future Transportation Stack 20 10:55 AM
Discussant Dillon Mahmoudi University of Maryland - Baltimore County 20 11:15 AM

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