Christian Beck

Indiana University Bloomington, Bloomington, Indiana, United States

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  • Arvind Ashok · Christian Beck
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    ABSTRACT: Many attempts to bridge the digital divide between lesser-developed countries (LDC) through Information & Communication Technology (ICT) projects have had little success. With the concurrent rise in number of ICT projects in rural areas, the current situation calls for better design. However, it is our claim that the nature of villages—being devoid of digital artifacts—requires much of HCI theory and methodologies to be re- examined. HCI theory has evolved in urban environments over the past 30 years and may not be suitable for the village environment. However, Activity Theory lends itself well to these environments as its primary focus is on pre-exis ting activities and goals rather than digital artifacts themselves. Using this theory as basis, we examine past failures and successes of ICT interventions. From this examination we intend to derive a practical framework for guiding future HCI-design (HCID) in the developing world.
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    ABSTRACT: This paper describes and compares notions of luxury and new luxury as a social notion of sustainability. The context of the discourse is sustainable interaction design (SID), defined in the paper and attributed to several sources. Several research questions are posed concerning the relationship between lux- ury, new luxury, quality, and equality in the context of SID. We propose an in- formal design critical framework that embeds interaction design in terms of luxury and sustainability. Several examples of products and services are ana- lyzed in the proposed framework according to three themes: communications, computer software, and music. The paper concludes by reflecting on the re- search questions with respect to the framework.
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  • Arvind Ashok · Christian M. Beck · Nick Quagliara
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    ABSTRACT: In this paper, we present a tool to increase the efficiency of public transport buses inside the metropolitan city of Madras (Chennai) in South India. The amount of people dropping out of the public bus system is growing at an alarming rate, and arresting this problem is at the root of our prototype. By increasing efficiency of the system, we hope that this problem will be stopped and will lead to more people entering the system, rather than abandoning it.
    No preview · Conference Paper · Jan 2007