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VOLUME XXVII.6 November - December 2020

  • WELCOME
    • Feminisms in design

      Daniela Rosner, Alex Taylor, Mikael Wiberg

      This issue's theme comes out of a shared interest in feminist critiques and positionings across HCI. As an editorial team, each of us has extended our own practices by engaging with feminist scholars and the conversations they provoke for design. Through feminisms (there are so many), our attention has…

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  • What are you reading?
    • What are you reading? Katta Spiel

      Katta Spiel

      What are you reading? Katta Spiel

      To me, What are you reading? is an incredibly intimate question. There is vulnerability to sharing my bookshelf, to allowing others to trace my epistemological lineage so closely. I hear What are you reading? as What is shaping your thoughts? and that cuts a little close. What are you…

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  • Blog@IX
    • Auto-UI: Global perspectives

      Christian Janssen, Ronald Schroeter, Nicola Bidwell, Yong Ji, Ignacio Alvarez, Shan Bao, Myounghoon Jeon, Linda Boyle, Stella Donker, Lewis Chuang, Wendy Ju, Andrew Kun

      Auto-UI: Global perspectives

      ACM SIGCHI Auto-UI (https://www.auto-ui.org/) is a growing community, but one in which some continents were less involved than expected and hoped for. For the 2019 conference in Utrecht, the Netherlands, we made various targeted attempts to grow and diversify our international community, with support from the ACM SIGCHI Development…

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  • Exhibit X
    • Dots

      Valentin Gong, Xiaohui Wang, Lan Xiao

      Dots

      Access to digital information is an important right in our society, as it defines whether one can integrate into society and avoid digital exclusion. However, the future form of digital interaction is getting increasingly exclusive. With the development of mixed reality (MR) and the Internet of Things (IoT), people…

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  • Columns
    • Designing equality

      Jonathan Bean

      Designing equality

      Architecture, the academic subject where I spend most of my time teaching, has a longstanding diversity problem. Pretty much every way you measure it, the numbers indicate that anyone other than heterosexual white men are at a significant disadvantage. In 2018, the architecture and design writer Alison Arief wrote…

    • ‘The co-’: feminisms, power, and research cultures—A dialogue

      Jaz Choi, Ann Light

      ‘The co-’: feminisms, power, and research cultures—A dialogue

      This article is polyvocal and tentative. We, Jaz and Ann, are exploring the beliefs that motivate our work, in this first of Jaz's columns. For both of us, collaborative working is a method but also an end point—a goal that recognizes the interdependent nature of all life and looks…

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  • Making/breaking
    • Intimate touch

      Madeline Balaam, Nadia Woytuk, Marianela Felice, Ozgun Afsar, Anna Ståhl, Marie Søndergaard

      Intimate touch

      Intimate touch is a provocative concept within which we ground our feminist critical health design work. Intimate touch follows a feminist epistemological underpinning that emphasizes intra-actions between materials as a source of knowing and acting [1]. We are making new apparatuses and discursive practices for intimate touch that through…

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  • Forums
    • Beyond the portal: Reimagining the post-pandemic future of work

      Divy Thakkar, Neha Kumar, Nithya Sambasivan

      Beyond the portal: Reimagining the post-pandemic future of work

      As the epic Covid pandemic unfolds before us, it is the proletariat of the world who have been among the most affected. From waste pickers in Brazil to tourist guides in Vietnam to retail workers in the U.S., single-wage earners have experienced record-high job losses, thrusting entire households into…

    • Designing AI systems that make organizational knowledge actionable

      Denise Wilkins, Siân Lindley, Max Meijer, Richard Banks, Britta Burlin

      Designing AI systems that make organizational knowledge actionable

      Knowledge management describes processes involved in creating, sharing, using, and maintaining an organization's knowledge. In computer science, knowledge management is traditionally associated with artificial intelligence (AI), as researchers developed algorithms to manage large datasets [1]. Although not a new AI technique, machine learning (ML) offers interesting opportunities for designing…

    • Aadhaar and the creation of barriers to welfare

      Sareeta Amrute, Reetika Khera, Adam Willems

      Aadhaar and the creation of barriers to welfare

      Sound, movement, temperature, affect: What machines sense for the sake of monitoring populations and their characteristics transcends traditional realms of surveillance. The term surveillance, combining the idea of being above with the notion of watching, suggests an all-seeing center that is at far remove from the object of its…

    • Closing note for the HCI education forum

      Sukeshini Grandhi

      Closing note for the HCI education forum

      Dear ACM Interactions readers, After five years we are phasing out the print version of the HCI Education forum in Interactions magazine. In 2015, I took on the role of editor for the newly launched HCI Education forum. I (nervously) wrote an article kicking off the forum communicating my…

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  • Community square
    • Upcoming SIGCHI elections: Some information and actions to be taken

      Loren Terveen

      Upcoming SIGCHI elections: Some information and actions to be taken

      Elections for the SIGCHI Executive Committee will take place during Spring 2021. Read on to learn more about why elections are important and how you can participate. SIGCHI is the premier international society for professionals, academics, and students who are interested in human-technology and human-computer interaction (HCI). We provide…

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  • Space
    • Depatriarchise design *!Labs!*: Transforming design education

      Anja Neidhardt, Maya Ober

      Depatriarchise design *!Labs!*: Transforming design education

      Depatriarchise design describes the process of dismantling oppressive structures with which the design discipline is interwoven. It is also the name of our nonprofit research platform, depatriarchise design. Instead of inhabiting one physical space, we inhabit different spaces—both physical and virtual. We like to think about the Internet in…

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  • Features
    • Feminisms through design: A practical guide to implement and extend feminism

      Sai Shruthi Chivukula

      Feminisms through design: A practical guide to implement and extend feminism

      Position This article represents my reflection on feminism and design. Its goal is to provoke your own feminist position on design and help you to navigate this space through understanding the feminist values embedded in design. Does writing this article mean that I am a feminist scholar? Could I…

    • Feminisms through design: A response

      Shaowen Bardzell

      Feminisms through design: A response

      Response I am delighted to offer a reaction to Sai Shruthi Chivukula's piece, "Feminisms Through Design: A Practical Guide to Implement and Extend Feminism." Chivukula begins her article as a response to my 2010 paper "Feminist HCI: Taking Stock and Outlining and Agenda for Design," including its citation history…

    • How mobile media impacts urban life—Blending social cohesion and social distancing

      Petter Bae Brandtzaeg

      How mobile media impacts urban life—Blending social cohesion and social distancing

      When I began this essay, the coronavirus crisis had not yet reached Europe and the U.S. However, the topic—the ways in which mobile media is changing people's lives and the social cohesion of urban life—has become increasingly relevant in the time of Covid-19 and social distancing. Even before the…

    • Technologies that disempower

      Aaditeshwar Seth

      Technologies that disempower

      Paper-based bureaucratic procedures to access government services such as welfare measures can be user unfriendly and riddled with red tape [1]. In India, despite extensive work over the past decade in the digitization of such processes, government welfare services remain hard to access by low-income populations, causing significant distress…

    • A year of HCI webinars in Latin America

      Toni Granollers, Jaime Muñoz-Arteaga, César Collazos, Huizilopoztli Luna-García

      A year of HCI webinars in Latin America

      In 2005, the Asociación Interacción Persona-Ordenador (AIPO, the Spanish Human-Computer Interaction Association; http://www.aipo.es) promoted its first workshop on teaching HCI for the Spanish-speaking context: Jornadas de Trabajo sobre Enseñanza of CHI (CHIJOTE) [1]. At that time, HCI (Interacción Persona-Ordenador, IPO) had very little impact on academic curricula. The European…

    • User-centered design and Covid-19

      Ilona Posner

      User-centered design and Covid-19

      I was invited to teach at the Translational Research Program (TRP) at University of Toronto's Faculty of Medicine in the Fall of 2019. This is a master's degree program for individuals interested in designing innovative solutions in the healthcare space. The cohort in the class of 33 consisted of…

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  • Dialogues: Feminisms in design
    • Feminist design and the relational infrastructures of protest

      Anita Chan, Mayar Bakry

      Feminist design and the relational infrastructures of protest

      Anita Say Chan: Thank you, Mayar, for joining me in this conversation. It's a real pleasure to have our sites connected—you in Zurich, as a Swiss-Egyptian feminist designer and researcher with rich ties to the Southwest Asia and North Africa (SWANA) region, and myself in Champaign, Illinois, in the…

    • Feminisms through design: A practical guide to implement and extend feminism

      Sai Shruthi Chivukula

      Feminisms through design: A practical guide to implement and extend feminism

      Position This article represents my reflection on feminism and design. Its goal is to provoke your own feminist position on design and help you to navigate this space through understanding the feminist values embedded in design. Does writing this article mean that I am a feminist scholar? Could I…

    • Feminisms through design: A response

      Shaowen Bardzell

      Feminisms through design: A response

      Response I am delighted to offer a reaction to Sai Shruthi Chivukula's piece, "Feminisms Through Design: A Practical Guide to Implement and Extend Feminism." Chivukula begins her article as a response to my 2010 paper "Feminist HCI: Taking Stock and Outlining and Agenda for Design," including its citation history…

    • Feminism as a design methodology

      Alex Ahmed, Lilly Irani

      Feminism as a design methodology

      Feminism involves so much more than gender equality. And it involves so much more than gender. Feminism must involve a consciousness of capitalism (I mean, the feminism that I relate to. And there are multiple feminisms, right?). It has to involve a consciousness of capitalism, and racism, and colonialism,…

    • Encountering feminisms across borders

      Neha Kumar

      Encountering feminisms across borders

      According to South Asian feminist activist Kamla Bhasin, our feminisms are unique, like water—fluid, clear, essential—taking the shape, form, color of the "container into which they are poured" [1]. And as waters mix and become impossible to separate, so too is the case with feminisms. Encounters are seldom forgotten,…

    • Negotiating borders through feminisms

      Maryam Mustafa

      Negotiating borders through feminisms

      Feminist HCI and feminist approaches to design have been celebrated and widely adopted for their potential to have lasting impact on issues of agency, fulfillment, identity, equity, empowerment, and social justice [1]. And in recent years, researchers and practitioners have sought ways to incorporate the feminist design qualities of…

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  • Exit
    • Zip your mouth

      Helen Remick

      Zip your mouth

      Contributor: Helen Remick, hremick@msn.com As an at-risk person, I dream of going out again when we reach Covid Phase 4. What masks will I need for special occasions? A plastic inset in a mask allows my husband to read my lips. A thin coating of dish soap doesn't taste…

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