The relationship between HCI and Digital Civics

In this blog post, I will be exploring the relationship between Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and Digital Civics. As Digital Civics researchers, it is important to understand the field of HCI and how it fits in with, and influences our work. Let’s begin with a look at what HCI is and its history.

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Touching Data: Thoughts on Tangible Computing

The way in which we physically interact with desktop computers hasn’t changed since the introduction of the Apple Macintosh back in 1984; we point with a mouse and type with a keyboard, all actions on a computer can be accomplished with one or both of these objects. These objects are tangible,

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Social computing: are we really alone together?

As technology has become more ubiquitous with the prevalence of smartphones, coupled with the rise of social media, we can connect to a broader social network and form friendships more easily with people from around the world. With this rise though, there has been an increase in social isolation[1], human-to-human connection without a technological medium appears to be reduced as we see people buried in their devices almost ignoring the people around them.

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Invasively Pervasive: Ubiquitous Computing Today

The computing landscape of 2018 is vastly different to that of 1991, yet what we see and work with on a daily basis isn’t a far cry from the world described in Mark Weiser’s seminal paper “The Computer for the 21st Century”[1].

1991 saw the launch of the World Wide Web to the public along with the introduction of the open-source operating system Linux,

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