Choosing friends carefully: allies for critical computing

Andy Dearden, Steve Walker, Leon Watts

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Abstract

In this paper, we argue firstly that researchers in critical computing should address the specific information and communication technology (ICT) needs and activities of those agencies concerned with emancipatory issues. Secondly, we argue that a critical perspective, explicitly foregrounding empowerment and emancipatory concerns, forms a basis for emphasising the practice of individuals, groups and organisations, rather than purely focusing on organisational form in social action.We discuss this context of social action, identifying some relevant ICT-related challenges. We identify three themes that highlight factors that differentiate ICT support for social action groups from the setting of conventional business and service organisations: Free / Libre Open-Source Software, techniques and technologies for engagement through storytelling, and learning and evaluation in social action.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 4th Decennial Conference on Critical Computing: Between Sense and Sensibility
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages133-136
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)1-59593-203-8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Event4th Decennial Aarhus Conference on Critical Computing - Between Sense and Sensibility, August 20, 2005 - August 24, 2005 - Aarhus, Denmark
Duration: 1 Jan 2005 → …

Conference

Conference4th Decennial Aarhus Conference on Critical Computing - Between Sense and Sensibility, August 20, 2005 - August 24, 2005
CountryDenmark
CityAarhus
Period1/01/05 → …

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    Dearden, A., Walker, S., & Watts, L. (2005). Choosing friends carefully: allies for critical computing. In Proceedings of the 4th Decennial Conference on Critical Computing: Between Sense and Sensibility (pp. 133-136). Association for Computing Machinery. https://doi.org/10.1145/1094562.1094582