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The Atlantic | 03.05.15

The Failed Attempt to Destroy GPS

Ingrid Burrington

“The accelerated age buries technological origin stories beneath endless piles of timestamped data. When people lose sight of these origin stories, they do a disservice to our technologies and to ourselves.” In this essay Data & Society fellow Ingrid Burrington works through the history of and resistance to GPS, and its connection to networked time, in order to argue that, “[i]n the rush of a persistent accelerated now, interruptions and challenges to life in real-time are sometimes necessary in order to ask what kind of future we’re building.”

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