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iPods, cell phones and social space


Art Cockfield
Cyberspace law and policy expert, Art Cockfield, can speak to New York’s proposed ban on pedestrian use of auditory devices such as iPods. He says that this issue will have great implications regarding free speech and new media.
Cockfield’s research centres on law and technology, and privacy. He is co-author (with Lisa M. Austin), of Technology, Privacy and Justice (forthcoming 2007), and Protecting the Social Value of Privacy in the Context of State Investigations Using New Technologies (forthcoming 2007).Martin HandQueen’s Technology Sociologist Martin Hand can speak to how pedestrians are using auditory devices such as iPods and cell phones to cope with the intensity of cities like New York – where they are considering banning use of the devices while crossing the street.“It (the proposed ban) shows just how commonplace and routine these kinds of devices are,” says Hand. “The real issues are to do with the sheer numbers of cars, not what pedestrians are doing.”Dr. Hand researched the sociology of communication and information technologies. He is co-author (with Elizabeth Shove, Matthew Watson and Jack Ingram), of the newly released The Design of Everyday Life (Berg, 2007) and author of Making Digital Cultures: access, interactivity and authenticity due out later this year.For more information or to arrange an interview call Sarah Withrow 613-533-3280, withrows@post.queensu.ca or Molly Kehoe 613-533-2877, kehoem@post.queensu.ca. Attention broadcasters: Queen's now has facilities to provide broadcast quality audio and video feeds. For television interviews, we can provide a live, real-time double ender from Kingston.

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