Dodge, Martin and Kitchin, Rob and Zook, Matthew
Guest editors introduction for Environment and Planning A theme issue: How does software make space? Exploring some geographical
dimensions of pervasive computing and software studies.
Environment and Planning A, 41 (6).
Computers are widely recognised as powerful tools in many aspects of contemporary
society. Significantly their agency is now changing as the social and spatial
disposition of computers diffuses further into almost all aspects of everyday life.
Computers, that increasingly don’t look like computers, are permeating domestic spaces, built into appliances like washing machines for example, and accompany us
throughout the day (energising our mobile phones, PDAs and MP3 players),
mediating our interactions and facilitating a myriad of mundane activities. Many
argue that this is just the beginning of the next wave of digital technological
development, the so-called pervasive computing revolution, which according to Anne
Galloway (2004, pages 384-5), “seeks to embed computers into our everyday lives in
such ways as to render them invisible and allow them to be taken for granted.” Such
computing, that is active-in-absence heralds much more subtle forms of software
mediation and automated decision-making in the world. It is this code work that is the
focus of this theme issue1.
||The definitive, peer-reviewed and edited version of this article is published in Environment and Planning A, volume 41, issue 6, pages 1283-1293, 2009, [doi:10.1068/a42133]. We would like to thank Michael Brown as editor of Social & Cultural Geography
who organized the initial referring of some of the articles in this theme issue. We also
gratefully acknowledge Nigel Thrift who supported this theme issue, Ros Whitehead
for helping it come together logistically, the contributors, and the anonymous
reviewers whose useful comments and suggestions contributed to the quality of the
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