Informit article: The hybrid home

While selected articles are available in full on this website, all Arena Quarterly, Arena Magazine and Arena Journal articles are available for purchase in PDF format from Informit.


Smart devices and surveillance in everyday life

What does home mean to you? Relief as you walk in the door after a long day of work? Peace when you lie on the couch on a cosy Sunday afternoon? Perhaps above all it’s the place where the outside world is left behind. But today the home has become a hybrid space, both public and private. In the information society, the network connects dwellings with the world, integrating the inside with the outside. The hybrid home is not merely a private sanctuary but a space invaded by digital newcomers – technology corporations who aggregate behavioural surplus value from ordinary people. Privacy, the thing we value most about home, is under threat.

Details / PDF:

The full-text PDF of this article can be purchased from Informit.

Support Arena

Independent publications and critical thought are more important than ever. Arena has never relied on or received government funding. It has sustained its activities largely through the voluntary work and funding provided by editors and supporters. If Arena is to continue and to expand its readership, we need your support to do it.