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Human-Computer Interaction – INTERACT 2007

Volume 4663 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 100-113

Cultural Mobilities: Diversity and Agency in Urban Computing

  • Paul DourishAffiliated withDonald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA 92697-3440
  • , Ken AndersonAffiliated withPeople and Practices Research, Intel Corporation, 20270 NW AmberGlen Court, Beaverton, OR 97006
  • , Dawn NafusAffiliated withPeople and Practices Research, Intel Corporation, 20270 NW AmberGlen Court, Beaverton, OR 97006

Abstract

The rise of wireless networks and portable computing devices has been accompanied by an increasing interest in technology and mobility, and in the urban environment as a site of interaction. However, most investigations have taken a relatively narrow view of urban mobility. In consequence, design practice runs the risk of privileging particular viewpoints, forms of mobility, and social groups. We are interested in a view of mobility that reaches beyond traditional assumptions about the who, when, why, and what of mobility. Based on analytic perspectives from the social sciences and on empirical fieldwork in a range of settings, we outline an alternative view of technology and mobility with both analytic and design implications.