In a new land: Mobile phones, amplified pressures and reduced capabilities

Lizzie Coles-Kemp, Rikke Bjerg Jensen, Reem Talhouk

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Abstract

Framed within the theoretical lens of positive and negative security, this paper presents a study of newcomers to Sweden and the roles of mobile phones in the establishment of a new life. Using creative engagement methods through a series of workshops, two researchers engaged 70 adult participants enrolled into further education colleges in Sweden. Group narratives about mobile phone use were captured in creative outputs, researcher observations and notes and were analysed using thematic analysis. Key findings show that the mobile phone offers security for individuals and a safe space for newcomers to establish a new life in a new land as well as capitalising on other spaces of safety, such as maintaining old ties. This usage produces a series of threats and vulnerabilities beyond traditional technological security thinking related to mobile phone use. The paper concludes with recommendations for policies and support strategies for those working with newcomers.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI '18
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
EditorsRegan Mandryk
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages1-13
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781450356206
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Apr 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event2018 ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Palais des Congrès de Montréal, Montréal, Canada
Duration: 21 Apr 201826 Apr 2018
https://chi2018.acm.org/

Publication series

NameConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings
Volume2018-April

Conference

Conference2018 ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Abbreviated titleCHI 2018
CountryCanada
CityMontréal
Period21/04/1826/04/18
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