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Designing for- and with- vulnerable people

Lookup NU author(s): Dr John Vines, Roisin McNaney, Dr Rachel Clarke, Dr John McCarthy


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Ubiquitous technology, coupled with a surge in empirical research on people that engages people with multiple challenges in their lives, is increasingly revealing the potential for HCI to enrich the lives of vulnerable people. Designing for people with vulnerabilities requires an approach to participation that is sensitive to the risks of possible stigmatization and an awareness of the challenges for participant involvement. This workshop will bring together researchers and practitioners to explore the critical issues surrounding designing with and for vulnerable individuals. We aim to provoke discussion about how 'vulnerability' is defined in HCI, what methodological and ethical concerns are raised when working with specific cases, and ways of designing for future technologies that support vulnerable people in novel and sensitive ways.

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Author(s): Vines J, McNaney R, Clarke R, Lindsay S, McCarthy J, Howard S, Romero M, Wallace J

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

Year of Conference: 2013

Pages: 3231-3234

Publisher: ACM Press


DOI: 10.1145/2468356.2479654

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Series Title: CHI EA 2013: Extended Abstracts of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

ISBN: 9781450319522