Where We Are
ON THE MAP:
A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks.
By Simon Garfield. Gotham. 464 pp. $27.50
Our information age is also an age of location. It seems that every day the news media reveal a new exploit made possible by geolocation systems, whether a dramatic snow rescue or a precision bombing. A recent exposé by the German Green Party politician Malte Spitz showed that his phone provider, Deutsche Telekom, was not only able to track his location minute to minute, but was doing so systematically. It was not only able to identify him, store his information, and make it available for analysis—it was doing all of this as a matter of course. Deutsche Telekom was...