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Location-Based Social Networking and its Impact on Trust in Relationships

Sarah Jean Fusco, University of Wollongong
Roba Abbas
Katina Michael, University of Wollongong
Anas Aloudat, University of Jordan


Location based social networking (LBSN) applications are part of a new suite of social networking tools. LBSN is the convergence between location based services (LBS) and online social networking (OSN). LBSN applications offer users the ability to look up the location of another “friend” remotely using a smart phone, desktop or other device, anytime and anywhere. Users invite their friends to participate in LBSN and there is a process of consent that follows. This paper explores the potential impact of LBSN upon trust in society. It looks at the willingness of individuals to share their location data with family, friends, co-workers, the government, commercial entities and even strangers.

Suggested Citation

Sarah Jean Fusco, Roba Abbas, Katina Michael, and Anas Aloudat. "Location-Based Social Networking and its Impact on Trust in Relationships" IEEE Technology and Society Magazine 31.2 (2012): 1-10.
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