Security Patchworking in Lebanon: Infrastructuring Across Failing Infrastructures

Jessica McClearn, Rikke Bjerg Jensen, Reem Talhouk

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In this paper we bring to light the infrastructuring work carried out by people in Lebanon to establish and maintain everyday security in response to multiple simultaneously failing infrastructures. We do so through interviews with 13 participants from 12 digital and human rights organisations and two weeks of ethnographically informed fieldwork in Beirut, Lebanon, in July 2022. Through our analysis we develop the notion of security patchworking that makes visible the infrastructuring work necessitated to secure basic needs such as electricity provision, identity authentication and financial resources. Such practices are rooted in differing mechanisms of protection that often result in new forms of insecurity. We discuss the implications for CSCW and HCI researchers and point to security patchworking as a lens to be used when designing technologies to support infrastructuring, while advocating for collaborative work across CSCW and security research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCSCW 2024
Subtitle of host publicationThe 27th ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW 2024)
Place of PublicationNew York, US
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 16 Jan 2024
EventCSCW 2024: The 27th ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing - Costa Rica Convention Center (CRCC), San José, Costa Rica
Duration: 9 Nov 202413 Nov 2024


ConferenceCSCW 2024
Country/TerritoryCosta Rica
CitySan José
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