Experiences of Technology Appropriation: Unanticipated Users, Usage, Circumstances, and Design

Call for Submissions!
This will be a one-day workshop taking place in September 2015 in conjunction with the European Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work (ECSCW) in Oslo, Norway. The workshop will take place on the 20th of September.

About this Workshop
Whether in private or professional life, people frequently adapt, adopt, and shape the technology around them based on their everyday practices to ease interaction when accomplishing certain tasks. The major goal of this one-day workshop is to discuss how this form of technology appropriation is used to satisfy people’s communication needs. In particular we focus on technology that was not initially intended to foster communication, but which led to appropriation, driven by people’s communication needs. We aim to identify ‘unexpected’ communication needs, to better account for them when designing interactive systems. We focus on different contexts, ranging from private settings (e.g., home) or semi-public spaces (e.g., art galleries) to strictly regulated environments (e.g., production lines or health- and emergency contexts) in which appropriation can be considered as a ‘critical’ matter. Thereby, we will discuss four aspects of appropriation: unanticipated usage, unanticipated users, unanticipated circumstances, and designing for the unanticipated.