Lookup NU author(s): Lydia Michie,
Dr Madeline Balaam,
Dr Kellie Morrissey
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0).
© 2018 Association for Computing Machinery. Despite the divisive nature of abortion within the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, where access to safe, legal abortion is severely restricted, effecting legislative reform demands widespread public support. In light of a building pro-choice counter-voice, this work contributes to a growing body of HCI research that takes an activist approach to design. We report findings from four design workshops with 31 pro-choice stakeholders across Ireland in which we positioned an exploratory protosite, HerStoryTold, to engender critical conversations around the use of sensitive abortion narratives as a tool for engagement. Our analysis shows how digital storytelling can help reject false narratives and raise awareness of the realities of abortion laws. It suggests design directions to curate narratives that provoke empathy, foster polyvocality, and ultimately expand the engaged community. Furthermore, this research calls for designers to actively support community mobilization through providing 'stepping stones' to activism.
Author(s): Michie L, Balaam M, McCarthy J, Osadchiy T, Morrissey K
Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)
Publication status: Published
Conference Name: Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings
Year of Conference: 2018
Online publication date: 21/04/2018
Acceptance date: 02/04/2018
Date deposited: 27/06/2018
Publisher: Association for Computing Machinery
Data Source Location: http://dx.doi.org/10.17634/154300-74
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