Jonathan Arnowitz, Elizabeth Dykstra-Erickson
In this issue we look at the complex and fascinating subject of security as it relates to HCI. In the words of special section guest editor Ryan West, "Security is as ubiquitous as it is nebulous" and, he asks, "given the expanding definition of security and intricacy of details, how should we treat user-centered security? Should designers find ways to make the guts of security more transparent so users understand it? Are user-security interactions unnecessary? That is, is security fundamentally a system-level issue that we should hide from users at all times? Which is a better experience?" This issue’s special-section articles attempt to answer some of these questions.
Also in this issue, Srithathai Prammanee et al.‘s "Bridge the Gap" contribution touches on the topic of our next special section, Gadgets, by discussing the elusive drive to make mobile devices adapt to the context of use. Jonathan Grudin’s "Timelines" column discusses the lost HCI discipline of office automation, uncovering some very fascinating nuggets of information from a largely forgotten field. And in his "The Way I See It" column, Don Norman, gives an emotional thumbs-up to Web 2.0, ushering in a new age of dynamic content for Web application designers.
As mentioned above, we look forward to our July-August Issue, in which we will cover the latest and greatest in Gadgets.
Lastly, we’d like to point out a special Rave at the back, suitable for framing: our own HCI version of the Hippocratic Oath. We swear by it.
Jonathan Arnowitz and Elizabeth Dykstra-Erickson
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