A Call For Embedding Dignity In Humanitarian Technologies

Reem Talhouk, Kyle Montague, Andrew Garbett, Vera Araujo-Soares, Chaza Akik, Hala Ghattas, Balsam Ahmad, Madeline Balaam

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Increasingly, technologies are being designed to support refugees. While HCI research has explored several aspects of refugee experiences, the importance of embedding the principle of dignity within technological designs is yet to be explored. In this paper we focus on the theme of dignity that was a prominent theme across three research projects we conducted with Syrian refugee communities in Lebanon. We show that the experiences of refugee participants are characterised by a loss of dignity, as well as by attempts to maintain dignity that may be mediated by technology. By highlighting the value given to dignity by our participants we emphasise the need for designers and HCI researchers to consider how technologies may create a space in which dignity is maintained and dignified interaction may take place.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationC&T 2019
Subtitle of host publication9th International Conference on Communities and Technologies: conference proceedings
EditorsFlorian Cech, Hilda Tellioğlu
Place of PublicationNew York
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781450371629
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jun 2019
Externally publishedYes
Event9th International Conference on Communities and Technologies, C and T 2019 - Vienna, Austria
Duration: 3 Jun 20197 Jun 2019


Conference9th International Conference on Communities and Technologies, C and T 2019


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