As HCI researchers, what do we mean when we describe a group of people as vulnerable? And, furthermore, how should we proceed? In an effort to make progress on these questions, here I discuss vulnerability, susceptibility, and more than six years of research with homeless young people. Vulnerability has been used as a principle in human research subject protection at least since the Belmont Report was published in 1979. Yet some have questioned the usefulness of vulnerability on the grounds that it has been too broadly applied and that it is not a principle at all but rather a…
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