The aim of this paper is to discuss the conceptual tools necessary to understand the consequences for everyday life of the new, computer-based information technology. In the discussion about a sustainable society, much attention is directed towards local community or rather local contexts: A sustainable development depends upon society's functioning on the local level. The growth of information systems, from the telephone system to the computer network, changes peoples relations to space. New technology and new patterns of interaction create new forms of spatiality. Local, concentric space of action and experience is challenged by a space that can be described as interregional, polycentric and multilocal. The issue of virtual spaces of communication and interaction becomes important when many people connect their computers to the Internet and start socializing or working together. One field where local space coincides with virtual space is computer-aided work. The increasing number of people working at home makes it important to analyse the consequences of this development for local interaction in the home and neighbourhood. To make the analysis possible, we need new or modified conceptual tools. One rich source for this is the phenomenological tradition of thought. This paper is based upon (1) experiences from ongoing research about telecommuting, (2) the debate about telematics, new life styles and evolving conditions for interaction and cooperation and (3) a number of phenomenological texts about space and spatiality to make proposals of conceptual tools for the analysis.