Our Friends Electric: Reflections on Advocacy and Design Research for the Voice Enabled Internet

Rogers, Jon, Bihr, Peter, Jain, Anab, Arden, Jon, von Grafenstein, Max, Clarke, Loraine, Skelly, Martin, Taylor, Nick, Thomas, Pete, Thorne, Michelle, Larsen, Solana, Odrozek, Katarzyna and Kloiber, Julia (2019) Our Friends Electric: Reflections on Advocacy and Design Research for the Voice Enabled Internet. In: Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - CHI '19. ACM, New York, NY, pp. 1-13. ISBN 9781450359702

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Emerging technologies---such as the voice enabled internet---present many opportunities and challenges for HCI research and society as a whole. Advocating for better, healthier implementations of these technologies will require us to communicate abstract values, such as trust, to an audience that ranges from the general public to technologists and even policymakers. In this paper, we show how a combination of film-making and product design can help to illustrate these abstract values. Working as part of a wider international advocacy campaign, Our Friends Electric focuses on the voice enabled internet, translating abstract notions of Internet Health into comprehensible digital futures for the relationship between our voice and the internet. We conclude with a call for designers of physical things to be more involved with the development of trust, privacy and security in this powerful emerging technological landscape.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: film, critical design, speculative design, product design, design research, advocacy, internet, voice, internet of things
Subjects: G400 Computer Science
G500 Information Systems
W200 Design studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Design
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2020 14:51
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 11:19
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/43393

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