Radical HCI Bibliography

activism, community informatics, design, design research, design theory, HCI, hci research, HCI/d, Human-Computer Interaction, Informatics, interaction design, organizing, organizing for causes, Uncategorized

I’ve been collecting readings for a new project focused on HCI as it pertains to organizing and activism. So far a quick skim as yielded some interesting insights and questions. Here is a link to a prelim bibliography of relevant readings [added 12/26/2017 @817PM EST – some entries are incomplete]. I will update the file on the semi-regular basis in case there is any interest in resource sharing. I’ve been working my way through these texts with an eye towards the following:

  • activists unique needs/constraints (there are many)
  • nature of the collaborative relationship (I like the idea that contestational design requires that designers/researchers “take sides on contentious social issues” as a necessary part of their work)
  • key artifacts like TXTmob, Dialup Radio, resist.org, Protest.net, Indymedia, and many others (case studies coming if they don’t already exist)
  • key methodologies (content analysis of social media seems common / embedding in volatile places and critical making workshops are less common)
  • key theoretical influences, such as: Mouffe, Laclau & Mouffe, and Habermas, and
  • generally interesting bits of text (always part of my approach… identify things that are interesting for reasons that aren’t immediately obvious)

I’m eager to continue this project and interested in potential collaborations with others working in this area.


Organizing for Causes and HCI

community informatics, community organizing, HCI, Human-Computer Interaction, organizing, organizing for causes, politics, research, science, SIGCHI

I’ve been wondering for a few months about how to orient my HCI work towards organizing for causes, and today I am pleased to say I started making some headway. I made a few connections with folks at the AAUP, and I’ve got messages out to folks at Action Network. At this stage, I’m curious to know more about organizers, activists, and community members engaged with different causes and, in particular, the role technology plays in supporting their activities. Seems as good a time as any to start doing this sort of work.


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