How does the distance between people alter the probability of gathering digital footprint data?


Simple idea but here comes the complexity…

  1. closeness and type of the relationship between the individuals ( lovers, inmates, friends, carer, on public transport etc )

  2. ability of individuals to use / accept technology

  3. need for technology in the communication

  4. reason for being close/ apart

  5. context ( hospital bed, wedding, birth, funeral, meeting, chatting, gossiping, random, public)

  6. capturing the moment (picture/ video/ audio)


The easy part is that once past a certain distance, digital become the means of communicating and therefore easy to collect digital footprint, however it is with closeness that we get all the signals and human stuff. One to think about for PII