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Title:Speculative Activist Technologies
Author(s):Asad, Mariam; Fox, Sarah; Le Dantec, Christopher A.
Subject(s):activist technologies
critical design
participatory design
organizational communication
information management
Abstract:This paper explores the specific needs activists have of the technologies they use to manage their operations and promote their causes. To begin this exploration, we conducted two critical making workshops with participants who self-identified as activists and used craft materials -- such as cardboard, color markers, pipe cleaners, etc. -- to create speculative technologies to find commonalities across different forms of activist work, be it technological, organizational, or procedural. The needs and concerns expressed in the workshops were articulated through the participants' designs; they materialized their critiques, reflections, and explorations through their crafted prototypes. These prototypes point to opportunities for creating new design interventions to address the challenges and needs unique to activist organizations. The work suggests the need for more value-sensitivity and context-appropriateness in the design of interactive systems.
Issue Date:2014-03-01
Publisher:iSchools
Citation Info:Asad, M., Fox, S., & Le Dantec, C. A. (2014). Speculative Activist Technologies. In iConference 2014 Proceedings (p. 229 - 243). doi:10.9776/14074
Series/Report:iConference 2014 Proceedings
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Type:Text
Language:english
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/47306
DOI:10.9776/14074
Other Identifier(s):74
Publication Status:published
Peer Reviewed:yes
Rights Information:Copyright 2014 is held by the authors of individual items in the proceedings. Copyright permissions, when appropriate, must be obtained directly from the authors.
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-02-28


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