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Location-Based Communication Systems
A Look at Intelligent Networking and Privacy Concerns
Location-based networks are quickly becoming an integral feature of today’s intelligent networking landscape. They are transforming how people and government communicate. Global positioning satellite systems, Wi-Fi, and other such decentralized networks make it possible to track and physically locate users and pair that information with location-based information from and about others, such as friends, products, and services. This paper examines the nature of location-based systems in the context of intelligent networking, where various technologies, pathways, and information repositories operate in a decentralized environment for the purpose of providing location-specific communication and information. Different types of technologies, routes, and databases are described and discussed. Privacy issues are of particular concern, given that the advanced features of an intelligent network make it easy and economically compelling to track individual locations without the person’s knowledge or consent. Other problems include the ability to invade privacy in a manner that is continuous, global, and permanent.
Laurie Thomas Lee
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