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Users in the developing world continue to appropriate Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in pioneering ways. Take, M-Pesa, the popular mobile money transfer system developed in Kenya. This example demonstrates how innovative applications emerge from users in resource-constrained settings. The goals of our workshop are twofold: 1) to uncover more of these examples and 2) to discuss how they can influence design in developed countries. We welcome submissions that reveal innovative ICT practices occurring among marginalized populations, including those in developing countries, the urban homeless, rural Americans, migrant communities, and so forth. In addition to position papers, we encourage photo- or video-essays that highlight innovative uses of ICT among marginalized users. Practitioners, designers, and other who do not typically present their work at academic conferences are highly encouraged to submit to the workshop.
For more information refer to our proposal. [PDF]
The activities in this workshop will focus on the following themes:
Uncovering examples of innovative ICT practices outside of the “mainstream” user-base: “Hackers” and other users are adapting existing objects, creatively re-using materials to fit specific local circumstances. Simple examples, such as the re-use of water bottle caps, have the potential to offer a counter-narrative to the primacy of the designer’s vision in ICT design. This re-use of materials contrasts with advertising that encourages us to upgrade hardware in order to take advantage of next-generation services.
Belani, H., Croatian Institute for Health; Car, Z.,University of Zagreb, "Requirements for Developing ICT Services for People with Complex Communication Needs."
Brown, D. and Grinter, R.E., Georgia Tech, "Remote Parenting: ICT use among Jamaican Migrant Parents, Left-Behind Children and their Caregivers."
Dombrowski, L., U.C. Irvine, "Tensions in the Use and Adoption of Technologies for Outreach."
Gonsalves, T.A., IIT-Mandi; Dittrich, Y., IT University of Copenhagen; Vaidyanathan, L., Rural Technology and Business Incubator (RTBI); Jhunjhunwala, A, TeNeT Group,"Prototyping Socio-Technical Systems for Banking Services for Rural India."
Grubb, A.M. and Eastbrook, S.M., University of Toronto,The Road to Farming Software is Paved with Good Intentions.",
Koepfler, J.A. University of Maryland; Kaplan, N.R., BRIDGE, "Learning from our own backyard: Social Media use and tool development by the urban homeless."
Liu, L. and Liu, Y.,Nokia Research Center, Beijing, "Mobile Service Design for Migrant Workers in China."
Rangaswamy, N., Microsoft Research, India; Nair, S. Virginia Tech, "Marginal Rich Users in Urban India Slums."
Sánchez, G.D., University of Copenhagen, "Appropriation Practices of Innovative ICT in rural Veracruz, Mexico."
Williams, K., Cornell University, "Future Tense: Developing visions of ICT."
To be determined
Susan Wyche, Virginia Tech, Computer Science Department
Elisa Oreglia, U.C. Berkeley, School of Information
Morgan Ames, Stanford University, Department of Communication
Chris Hoadley, New York University, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
Aditya Johri, Virginia Tech, Department of Engineering Education,
Phoebe Sengers, Cornell University, Information Science/ Science & Technology Studies
Charles Steinfield, Michigan State University, Department of Telecommmunication, Information Studies, and Media