Informit article: The hybrid home

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Abstract:

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.

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