Bridging distances in technology and regulation


Ronald Leenes, Eleni Kosta (eds).
Pages: 204 pages
Shipping Weight: 480 gram
Published: 04-2013
Publisher: WLP
Language: US
ISBN (softcover) : 9789058509864

Product Description


Information and Communication Technologies allow us to bridge space and time. New services and industries are constatnly being created and people no longer depend on the here and now for their development, but can tap into resources across the globe.

Cloud Computing, for instance, allows users to make use of remote services and store their data far from home. Healthcare increasingly makes use of diagnosis and care at a distance. Drones and remote cameras replace the physical presence of police and other vigilantes. Robots will increasingly be deployed to act on our behalf.

The mediation in space and time by technology also raises new questions. How will distance work out in daily life, in work, in friendships, and in care? How will people adjust tot he paradoxical distance and closeness created by technologies? Will the distribution of responsibilities and liability change if activities take place at distances in space and time in complex systems and global environments? What are best practices in multi-level governance to address the rise of distant interconnectivity?

This book, resulting from a conference in Spring 2013 at Tilburg University, brings together a collection of papers addressing the questions raised above.