Ubiquitous systems and the family: Thoughts about the networked home

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Developments in ubiquitous and pervasive computing herald a future in which computation is embedded into our daily lives. Such a vision raises important questions about how people, especially families, will be able to engage with and trust such systems whilst maintaining privacy and individual boundaries. To begin to address such issues, we have recently conducted a wide reaching study eliciting trust, privacy and identity concerns about pervasive computing. Over three hundred UK citizens participated in 38 focus groups. The groups were shown Videotaped Activity Scenarios [11] depicting pervasive or ubiquitous computing applications in a number of contexts including shopping. The data raises a number of important issues from a family perspective in terms of access, control, responsibility, benefit and complexity. Also findings highlight the conflict between increased functionality and the subtle social interactions that sustain family bonds. We present a Pre-Concept Evaluation Tool (PRECET) for use in design and implementation of ubicomp systems.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jul 2009
EventFifth Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS) - Mountain View, California
Duration: 15 Jul 2009 → …


ConferenceFifth Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS)
Period15/07/09 → …


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