Choosing friends carefully: allies for critical computing


Dearden, A., Walker, S. and Watts, L., 2005. Choosing friends carefully: allies for critical computing. In: Proceedings of the 4th Decennial Conference on Critical Computing: Between Sense and Sensibility. New York: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), pp. 133-136.

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In this paper, we argue firstly that researchers in critical computing should address the specific information and communication technology (ICT) needs and activities of those agencies concerned with emancipatory issues. Secondly, we argue that a critical perspective, explicitly foregrounding empowerment and emancipatory concerns, forms a basis for emphasising the practice of individuals, groups and organisations, rather than purely focusing on organisational form in social action.We discuss this context of social action, identifying some relevant ICT-related challenges. We identify three themes that highlight factors that differentiate ICT support for social action groups from the setting of conventional business and service organisations: Free / Libre Open-Source Software, techniques and technologies for engagement through storytelling, and learning and evaluation in social action.


Item Type Book Sections
CreatorsDearden, A., Walker, S. and Watts, L.
DepartmentsFaculty of Science > Computer Science
ID Code19568
Additional Information4th Decennial Aarhus Conference on Critical Computing - Between Sense and Sensibility. 20-24 August 2005. Aarhus, Denmark.


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