Nicola Bidwell, H. Winschiers-Theophilus
Localizing interaction design in Africa is critical for improving usability and user experience for African populations. Genuine localization, as Lucy Suchman and others argue, requires locating accountability in the production of technologies; for Africa, this means design by Africans in Africa for African situations . However, supporting Africans in developing and applying the skills they need to localize interaction design is a serious issue beleaguered by paradox. Here we discuss some of the challenges in building capacity for an African interaction design by reflecting on our 16 years of combined experience in teaching HCI, managing computer science programs in…
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