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Pub. period:2004-2012
Pub. count:9
Number of co-authors:19


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Abigail Sellen:81
Sara Kiesler:59
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Publications by Jennifer A. Rode (bibliography)

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Rode, Jennifer A., Magee, Rachel, Sebastian, Melinda, Black, Alan, Yudell, Rachel, Gibran, Aly, McDonald, Nora and Zimmerman, John (2012): Rethinking the smart closet as an opportunity to enhance the social currency of clothing. In: Proceedings of the 2012 International Conference on Uniquitous Computing 2012. pp. 183-192.

Here we present findings of a needs validation study of 18-25 year old women and their wardrobes. Based on their feedback, we developed a prototype system that allows for borrowing and sharing of information about clothing via Facebook. The novelty of our interface lies in its combining RFID tags and social networking. In doing so we bridge the material and virtual realms and demonstrate the importance of material culture for ubiquitous computing.

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Alsheikh, Tamara, Rode, Jennifer A. and Lindley, Sian E. (2011): (Whose) value-sensitive design: a study of long- distance relationships in an Arabic cultural context. In: Proceedings of ACM CSCW11 Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work 2011. pp. 75-84.

This paper describes a qualitative study of how 11 Arab individuals use technology in the context of their long-distance romantic relationships. Our participants' communication practices bear similarities to previous findings on the mediation of intimacy in the West, but also highlight key differences. We show how these differences relate to expectations of men and women in Arabic culture, and describe how our participants used technologies to enact conventional roles according to these expectations. We note implications for cross-cultural research and value-sensitive design, demonstrating how our participants' practices relate to Islamic values of support and protection of women. We apply various analytical lenses, including Islamic feminist theories, in interpreting the data.

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Rode, Jennifer A. (2011): Reflexivity in digital anthropology. In: Proceedings of ACM CHI 2011 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2011. pp. 123-132.

There are a variety of forms of ethnography inside and outside HCI each with valid complementary contributions. This paper looks at the practices of digital anthropology and how it contributes to reflexive design in HCI. The paper overviews key aspects its use in HCI, as well as in the anthropological approach. In doing so it relates these practices to participatory design and the socio-technical gap, and the ways ethnography can address them.

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Mankoff, Jennifer, Kuksenok, Kateryna, Kiesler, Sara, Rode, Jennifer A. and Waldman, Kelly (2011): Competing online viewpoints and models of chronic illness. In: Proceedings of ACM CHI 2011 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2011. pp. 589-598.

People with chronic health problems use online resources to understand and manage their condition, but many such resources can present competing and confusing viewpoints. We surveyed and interviewed with people experiencing prolonged symptoms after a Lyme disease diagnosis. We explore how competing viewpoints in online content affect participants' understanding of their disease. Our results illustrate how chronically ill people search for information and support, and work to help others over time. Participant identity and beliefs about their illness evolved, and this led many to take on new roles, creating content and advising others who were sick. What we learned about online content creation suggests a need for designs that support this journey and engage with complex issues surrounding online health resources.

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Chew, Boon, Rode, Jennifer A. and Sellen, Abigail (2010): Understanding the everyday use of images on the web. In: Proceedings of the Sixth Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction 2010. pp. 102-111.

This paper presents a qualitative study of domestic Web-based image use, and specifically asks why users access images online. This work is not limited to image search per se, but instead aims to understand holistically the circumstances in which images are accessed through Web-based tools. As such, we move beyond the existing information seeking literature, and instead provide contextual examples of image use as well as an analysis of both how and why images are used. The paper concludes with design recommendations that take into account this wider range of activities.

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Boesen, Julie, Rode, Jennifer A. and Mancini, Clara (2010): The domestic panopticon: location tracking in families. In: Proceedings of the 2010 International Conference on Uniquitous Computing 2010. pp. 65-74.

We present a qualitative study examining Location-Based Service (LBS) usage by families and how it is integrated into everyday life. We establish that LBS, when used for tracking purposes, affords a means of digital nurturing; that said, we discuss how LBS surveillance has the potential to undermine trust and serve as a detriment to nurturing.

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Rode, Jennifer A. (2010): The roles that make the domestic work. In: Proceedings of ACM CSCW10 Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work 2010. pp. 381-390.

This paper builds on earlier CSCW studies of domestic technologies, looking at the frequent maintenance required by new security technologies that households are adopting to provide safety and security. It explores how the roles and responsibilities are allocated within a household to support these domestic routines. This paper reports a qualitative study of usage practices surrounding safety and security. It classifies three primary approaches to computer security in the home, and discusses how technical skill, household structure and gender relate to the approach selected, and discuss the transitory nature of such arrangements.

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Rode, Jennifer A. (2009): Digital parenting: designing children's safety. In: Proceedings of the HCI09 Conference on People and Computers XXIII 2009. pp. 244-251.

In this paper, I describe an ethnographic study of children and parents looking at issues of domestic privacy and security. I will provide an overview of parental rules and strategies for keeping children safe and briefly discuss children's perspective on their online safety and how their parents shared the domestic work and responsibility for protecting them. As part of the discussion, I will present implications for design, and reflect on the problematic state of ethics, privacy, ethics review boards when working with children.

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Rode, Jennifer A., Toye, Eleanor F. and Blackwell, Alan (2004): The fuzzy felt ethnography-understanding the programming patterns of domestic appliances. In Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, 8 (3) pp. 161-176.

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