During the past few years, there has been an explosion of interest in human-computer interaction for development (HCI4D). But what does this mean for the HCI community? It is not simply design for development, which emphasizes producing technologies that address goals such as poverty reduction and increasing literacy. While these are important goals, there are other ways in which HCI research can benefit users in the developing world. First and foremost, it's necessary to understand and design technology that supports users' routine activitiesÂ—child rearing, reading the paper, puttering around the house, and communicating with family and friendsÂ—that are as…
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