Shared Encounters pp 179-195

Part of the Computer Supported Cooperative Work book series (CSCW)

Exploring Digital Encounters in the Public Arena

  • Ava Fatah gen. Schieck
  • Vassilis Kostakos
  • Alan Penn
Chapter

Abstract

In this chapter, we explore the types of encounters that technology enables. We consider the differences between digital and nondigital encounters through two pilot studies carried out in the city of Bath, United Kingdom. We investigate how technology can be appropriated for shared interactions that support conscious (or unconscious) social encounters, and highlight the importance of space and the role of place in providing temporal and spatial mechanisms facilitating different types of shared encounters. Here, we apply a method based on intervention through “sensing and projecting” Bluetooth names and digital identity in the public arena, and describe initial observations about people’s reaction toward the projection of their Bluetooth names in public. In particular, we note the significance of constructing socially meaningful relations between people mediated by these technologies. We discuss initial results and outline issues raised in detail before finally describing the ongoing work.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ava Fatah gen. Schieck
    • 1
  • Vassilis Kostakos
    • 2
  • Alan Penn
    • 1
  1. 1.The Bartlett School of Graduate Studies, University College LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.Department of Mathematics & EngineeringUniversity of MadeiraFunchalPortugal

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