Geopolitical issues in human computer interaction

Abdelnour-Nocera, Jose ORCID:, Clemmensen, Torkil, Joshi, Anirudha, Liu, Zhengjie, van Biljon, Judy, Qin, Xiangang, Gasparini, Isabela and Parra-Agudelo, Leonardo (2021) Geopolitical issues in human computer interaction. In: Human-Computer-Interaction – INTERACT 2021. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 12936. Springer, pp. 536-541. ISBN 9783030856069

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This workshop will explore and discuss geopolitical issues in Human Computer Interaction (HCI) as a field of knowledge and practice. These issues are mainly seen at two levels: (1) on discourses surrounding motivations and value of HCI as a sociotechnical field, and (2) on discourses surrounding concepts of HCI diffusion, maturity and diversity as articulated by global and local knowledge networks. Since the beginning of HCI, discussions of democracy have been around. It may even be fair to say that the key notion of usability aims to support the citizens of a democratic society. Obviously, exactly how HCI should do this remains open for discussion. HCI has several roots deep in military needs from the world wars of the 20th century. It was also born out of the sociotechnical traditions with its emancipatory ambitions, aiming at creating conditions for supporting human agency that facilitates the realization of people’s needs and potential. There’s an inherent contradiction between these traditions. Thus, we’re interested in exploring the following question: how to reconcile such diverse discourses as military power and emancipatory ambitions in a geopolitical analysis of HCI research and associated discourses? Moreover, the diffusion of HCI as field of knowledge and practice is dominated by political and post-colonial discourses that pervade local and global knowledge networks shaping what is considered useful and relevant research and practice. In this workshop we understand these issues as geopolitical in nature and aim to trace the cultural and sociotechnical dynamics that construct the field of HCI.

Item Type: Book Section
Identifier: 10.1007/978-3-030-85607-6_73
Additional Information: The final authenticated version is available online at
Keywords: Geopolitical issues, Sociotechnical, HCI knowledge, HCI practice, Diffusion, Maturity, Diversity
Subjects: Computing > Innovation and user experience > Computing interaction design
Computing > Innovation and user experience > Global software
Social sciences > Politics
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Depositing User: Jose Abdelnour-Nocera
Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2021 09:34
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2021 14:14


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