Proceedings of The Good, the Bad and the Irrelevant, a transdisciplinary, proactive and collaborative knowledge-building conference

Leslie Haddon (Editor), Enid Mante-Meijer (Editor), Bartolomeo Sapio (Editor), Kari-Hans Kommonen (Editor), Leopoldina Fortunati (Editor), Annevi Kant (Editor)

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    Proceedings of the The Good, the Bad and the Irrelevant conference, organized by the COST Action 269 User Aspects of ICTs and the Media Lab of the University of Art and Design Helsinki, on September 3-5, 2003.

    Conference themes:

    The extended human

    In a variety of ways ICTs can extend human capabilities, awareness and spheres of action. This strand of the conference could cover such areas as connecting with social networks and distributed social practices related to ICTs; the relationship between technology and the body of the future; the invisibility, embeddedness and ubiquity of computers; the socio-cultural significance of the new senses and capabilities that humans acquire through technology.

    Key words: Augment, extend, body, mind, tools, reality, relationships, sphere of life, consciousness, physical/mental/digital dimensions, artefacts, resistance and hostility, security vs. risk, art, fashion, avatar, cyborg, e-Me, professional practices, extended space/time.

    Users as innovators

    Users of ICTs have often used technologies in very creative, sometimes unanticipated, ways. This strand covers the ways in which ICTs either enable or constrain users' ability to develop innovatory social practices; what factors lead to creativity in the use of ICTs.

    Key words: User benefits, domestication/appropriation/innovation, applications, empowering, from people to innovation, drop-outs, non-users, competences, capabilities, consumer organisations, conflicts and consensus, creativity, errors, failed innovations, professional practices, commercial potential.

    Dealing with diversity

    User-centred design approaches are becoming the imperative for businesses that want to address the customers' personal preferences, driven by competition and the growing flexibility of technology. But do we have the means to understand the true extent of this massive diversity of individual interests, cultural identities, personal priorities, health concerns, social networks, and so on? How should it be dealt with in design and development? This strand could cover how diversity of the users is manifested, what issues it provokes, and how and through what classification schemes designers, developers and researchers analyse and address it.

    Key words: Gender, generation, class, ethnicity, inclusion and exclusion, pluralism, cultural differences, multiculturalism, dissolution of boundaries, segregation/integration, global/local, multiple identities, individualisation, complexity, memory, tradition, diversity in the design space.

    The reconfiguration of society

    Society is constantly being transformed and technology plays a crucial role in this process, both influencing and reacting to this change. Both technology and our lives are constantly being 'redesigned' in a reciprocal process. This strand could cover issues such as ICTs and personal integrity, privacy and issues of surveillance; responsibility, technology overload, and problems of reliability in the light of an increased societal sensitivity to the break-down of technology; issues around the pressure to up-date technology and continuously to develop the skills needed for dealing with ICTs.

    Key words: Transformation, structures, systems, emerging, dying, behaviour, policy, values, power, influence, intention, judgements, attitudes, globalisation, convergences, digitalisation, labour, economics, organisation, institutions, regulation, ethics, health and environmental work, privacy, family system, social networks, life stages, membership, control, political system.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationHelsinki
    PublisherUniversity of Art and Design Helsinki
    Number of pages479
    ISBN (Print)9515581257
    Publication statusPublished - 2003
    MoE publication typeC2 Edited books


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