Rise of Google Street View

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  • Topic: Privacy, Google Earth, Google Maps
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  • Published : May 5, 2013
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1.1 Background .................................................................................................................................................. 2 1.2 Research Question....................................................................................................................................... 3 2.1 Relevance..................................................................................................................................................... 3 3.1 Methods ...................................................................................................................................................... 4 4.1 Empirical sources ......................................................................................................................................... 5 5.1 Analysis I ...................................................................................................................................................... 6 5.1.1 Infrastructure of Google Street View ................................................................................................... 6 5.1.2 Google Street View as a large technical system ................................................................................... 9 5.2 Analysis II ................................................................................................................................................... 12 5.2.1 Interpretative Flexibility and Closure attempts.................................................................................. 12 5.2.2 Configuring the users to Google Street View ..................................................................................... 13 6.1 Conclusion and discussion ......................................................................................................................... 14 7.1 References ................................................................................................................................................. 15 8.1 Enclosure ................................................................................................................................................... 17 8.1.1 Overview of Google Street View and the countries countries concerns ........................................... 18 8.1.2 Infrastructure – details ....................................................................................................................... 18 8.1.3 Social and technical actors ................................................................................................................. 20

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1.1 Background
In 1998 a company was launched by two students at Stanford University. The only service the company provided was a search engine. Despite there was already made search engines before Google was launched, they still managed to break through. They are among the leading information technology companies present. Today Google delivers a high number of free web services for the individual users. The business ideal of making free web services is to gain information about the Google-users, which makes it possible for Google’s customers to find their own potential customers. Due to the high number of services, Google has an immense knowledge of each person using services such as “Google Maps”, “Google Plus”, and “YouTube”, which are services that can tell your daily route to work, your relationship status, what music you like, and countless other information – depending on what information you have shared. In 2007 Google launched a new service called “Google Street View”, an extended web service to Google Maps. Through Google Street View (GSV) it is possible to view 360° real life pictures of most roads in the United States, Europe, Australia and minor parts of the remaining world regions. It have been developed for different platforms; computers, tablets and cellphones, and is also used in different ways. Many...
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