The internet of places at community-scale: Design scenarios for hyperlocal neighborhood

John M. Carroll, Patrick C. Shih, Jess Kropczynski, Guoray Cai, Mary Beth Rosson, Kyungsik Han

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The Internet of Things integrates entities of the physical world by making them addressable through the Internet, and making the Internet accessible through physical objects. We draw on our own previous design research in community informatics to explore a critical elaboration of the Internet of Things: The Internet of Places (IoP). IoP seeks to support awareness, engagement, and interaction pertaining to individual and collective human experiences, meaning making, activity, intentions, and values by computationally leveraging and integrating a wide range of human data with places to which those data refer. We describe design scenarios, prototypes, and user research at the scale of local community. We identify a critical alternative for humankind of hyperlocal community, enabling greater citizen awareness, engagement, participation, and power. We suggest that the Internet of Places at community-scale is the next generation infrastructure for community networks in the 40-year tradition of the Berkeley Community Memory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEnriching Urban Spaces with Ambient Computing, the Internet of Things, and Smart City Design
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9781522508281
ISBN (Print)1522508279, 9781522508274
StatePublished - Oct 6 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering
  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences
  • General Computer Science


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