On social function: new language for discussing technology for social action

DEARDEN, Andy and LIGHT, Ann (2008). On social function: new language for discussing technology for social action. In: Directions and Implications of Advanced Computing (DIAC), Berkeley, CA, 26th - 29th June 2008.


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Designers of technology for social action can often become embroiled in issues of platform and technical functionality at a very early stage in the development process, before the precise social value of an approach has been explored. The loyalty of designers to particular technologies and to ways of working can divide activist communities and, arguably, has weakened the social action world’s performance in exploiting technology with maximum usefulness and usability. In this paper, we present a lexicon for discussing technology and social action by reference to the intention and relationship to use, rather than to detailed functionality. In short, we offer a language to support discussions of social function, and thus to avoid premature commitment or argument about architecture or implementation details.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Peer reviewed paper presented at Directions and Implications of Advanced Computing (DIAC), 26th – 29th June 2008, Berkeley, CA
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute > Communication and Computing Research Centre
Departments: Faculty of Science, Technology and Arts > Computing
Depositing User: Ann Betterton
Date Deposited: 07 May 2009
Last Modified: 12 May 2018 23:46
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/35

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