Fear and danger in nocturnal urban environments

Satchell, Christine & Foth, Marcus (2010) Fear and danger in nocturnal urban environments. In Viller, Stephen & Kraal, Ben (Eds.) Proceedings of the Conference of the Computer-Human Interaction Special Interest Group (CHISIG) of Australia on Computer-Human Interaction: Design - Interaction - Participation (OZCHI2010), ACM (The Association for Computing Machinery), Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, QLD, pp. 380-383.

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At the centre of this research is an ethnographic study that saw the researcher embedded within the fabric of inner city life to better understand what characteristics of user activity and interaction could be enhanced by technology. The initial research indicated that the experience of traversing the city after dark unified an otherwise divergent user group through a shared concern for personal safety. Managing this fear and danger represented an important user need. We found that mobile social networking systems are not only integral for bringing people together, they can help in the process of users safely dispersing as well. We conclude, however, that at a time when the average iPhone staggers under the weight of a plethora of apps that do everything from acting as a carpenter’s level to a pregnancy predictor, we consider the potential for the functionality of a personal safety device to be embodied within a stand alone artifact.

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ID Code: 38242
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Published version can be accessed, free of charge, via the link to publisher
Keywords: City, Night , Safety, Convergence, Privacy
DOI: 10.1145/1952222.1952308
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Computer-Human Interaction (080602)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Christine Satchell, Marcus Foth, and CHISIG.
Copyright Statement: © ACM, 2010. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here by permission of ACM for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in The Proceedings of OZCHI 2010 : Design – Interaction – Participation
Deposited On: 31 Oct 2010 21:55
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2013 01:14

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