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Cellular Convergence and the Death of Privacy$
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Stephen B. Wicker

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199915354

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199915354.001.0001

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Cellular Convergence

Cellular Convergence

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Cellular Convergence and the Death of Privacy

Stephen B. Wicker

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the nature of cellular convergence—the convergence of virtually all personal electronic communication onto a single device, the cellular platform. It begins with a brief history of the evolution of the handset from an extremely large and cumbersome device dedicated to (limited) voice communication to today's smartphones. It then discusses the increasing importance of smartphones in the world of politics, with an emphasis on the empowerment of the individual. Next, it briefly considers the issue of the cell phone as a surveillance technology.

Keywords:   cell phones, smartphones, cellular technology, personal electronic communications, politics, surveillance

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