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Designing for place-based social interaction of urban residents in Mexico, South Africa and Australia

Foth, Marcus, Gonzalez, Victor M., & Taylor, Wallace (2006) Designing for place-based social interaction of urban residents in Mexico, South Africa and Australia. In Kjeldskov, Jesper & Paay, Jeni (Eds.) Proceedings of : OZCHI : 18th Australia conference on Computer-Human Interaction: Design: Activities, Artefacts and Environments, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Sydney, N.S.W., pp. 345-348.

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Abstract

The design of technology to facilitate social interaction of urban residents is increasingly important for many countries around the world. México and South Africa are particularly prone to issues that stem from urban densification and a lack of adequate affordable housing. Governments look to ICT to take on a mediating and facilitating role. This paper reports on research-in-progress of a tri-continental study. The external factors and aims of this pilot project identifying local case studies to prepare for a larger and longer term international comparison of local community networking approaches are examined. It is argued that by careful attention to cultural and social assets in the community, innovations will be engendered which enhance economic and social development. Preliminary design implications for the support of neighbourhood interactions across different socio-cultural contexts are presented.

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ID Code: 5276
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: Community Networks, Residential Neighbourhoods, Interaction Design, Community Informatics, Urban Renewal, México, South Africa, Australia, H, 5, 3, Group and Organization Interfaces – collaborative computing, web, based interaction
DOI: 10.1145/1228175.1228241
ISBN: 1595935452
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Communication and Media Studies not elsewhere classified (200199)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Urban Sociology and Community Studies (160810)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Computer-Human Interaction (080602)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 the authors and CHISIG
Deposited On: 05 Jan 2007
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2013 11:54

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