Technology and the Politics of Mobility: Evidence Generation in Accessible Transport Activism

Sunil Rodger, John Vines, Janice McLaughlin

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Abstract

Digital technologies offer the possibility of community empowerment via the reconfiguration of public services. This potential relies on actively involved citizens engaging with decision makers to pursue civic goals. In this paper we study one such group of involved citizens, examining the evidencing practices of a rare disease charity campaigning for accessible public transport. Through fieldwork and interviews, we highlight the ways in which staff and volunteers assembled and presented different forms of evidence, in doing so reframing what is conceived as 'valid knowledge'. We note the challenges this group faced in capturing experiential knowledge around the accessibility barriers of public transport, and the trade-offs that are made when presenting evidence to policy and decision makers. We offer a number of design considerations for future HCI research, focusing on how digital technology might be configured more appropriately to support campaigning around the politics of mobility.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Place of PublicationNew York, NY, USA
PublisherACM Association for Computing Machinery
Pages2417–2429
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9781450333627
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 May 2016
Event2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - San Jose, United States
Duration: 7 May 201612 May 2016
https://chi2016.acm.org/wp/

Publication series

NameCHI '16
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery

Conference

Conference2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Abbreviated titleCHI 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Jose
Period7/05/1612/05/16
Internet address

Keywords

  • evidence
  • activism
  • participation
  • disability
  • accessible transport

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