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TOPIC: Location Based Services - aka Tracking
 
Location Based Services - aka Tracking
2 Years, 10 Months ago
Technology is in your pants pocket(your phone, not your piercing), and probably in your car too, that can allow someone else, friendly or perhaps not, know exactly where you are at pretty much any given moment.

There are even trends and apps that encourage you to "check-in" and post up your location to your social networks. How safe do you feel revealing that information to the world?

Now, what about tracking your children? Is it responsible and protective parenting? Or is it just spying and distrustful?

Discuss...
Last Edit: 2012/01/26 03:21 By concretin_nik.
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Re:Location Based Services - aka Tracking
2 Years, 10 Months ago
I've been an early adopter of almost anything GPS since 2002. I was burned out on Geocaching long before it got popular. I played some geolocation games. I even wrote some.

The new combination of GPS and social media seems full of traps and hurdles. I've been using Waze for a couple weeks now. It is a crowdsourced navigation system. Map corrections, traffic delays, accidents, speed traps, and construction are all reportable through their app. That's nice. But there are some options that seem prime territory for cyberstalking hitting the real world. When you link with social media, you can have Waze report all of your actions in Waze to your friends. What sounds nice in some circumstances is posting your destination and ETA (with updates) to social media. Maybe you're on a long trip to meet a lot of people. they can check up on you without calling or texting you. On the other hand, anyone can see where you are headed and when you'll be there. They also let you be social within the app. You can allow others to "see" you when the app is active. The good side of this is that you can ask people on your regular commute route how traffic is or get their current speed. But do we really need another thing to cause people to fiddle with their phones on the highway? Another aspect is that if you make it known that you are somewhere else, you are letting other people that your home is vacant, even if other people are there. That makes activating too many parts of Waze potentially dangerous. But I think that's what we'll have to deal with with our little kids, Nik.

4Square and FB checkins aren't too accurate. I used to check into 4S locations half a mile away from me. FB doesn't seem too precise, either.

But take a game like Shadow Cities on iOS. It's a magic game that uses real geography/street maps to make a virtual world. You can "jump" to locations where friends have set up "beacons" but you always end at home, your mapped location. So you're playing this combative magic game with unknown adversaries in the same town. If you play in a park, it should be pretty easy for someone to figure out where you are, physically, just by looking for the geek on the park bench looking at his phone. Geeks and their games. Bad stuff "could" happen.

I can't imagine what it's like right now with emerging tools. It's only going to get worse as the technologies mature and get more funding.
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Re:Location Based Services - aka Tracking
2 Years, 10 Months ago
I like location apps and have had fun with some of them -- though I'm sad about Gowalla. Obviously, I like pretty much out in the digital open and I'm not shy about sharing.

For kids, I remain convinced that there are lots of things way more dangerous than stalkers and pervs -- mostly guns, pools and, when the kids get a little older, cars. It's that last one that has me thinking a lot about GPS and physically tracking kids.

I'm not too worried about kids disclosing their physical location, but there is no need to be sloppy. We should be thoughtful and default to privacy.

I also don't want to compromise my relationship or the trust I've established with my kids by monitoring them too much.

But when cars come into play...

I think I will not track as a starting point. But if there is trouble, I'm plonking my money down for ATT's Family Map.
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Re:Location Based Services - aka Tracking
2 Years, 9 Months ago
Bump... and bump of an old thread where this discussion began 3 years ago!

www.dadlabs.com/forum/Expectant/Newborn-...y....-any-takes.html
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Re:Location Based Services - aka Tracking
1 Year, 6 Months ago
Hey Guys !!

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Last Edit: 2013/05/28 19:21 By concretin_nik.
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Re:Location Based Services - aka Tracking
1 Week, 1 Day ago
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