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Pub. period:2005-2010
Pub. count:9
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Linda is a Reader and Chartered Psychologist within the Department of Psychology. She teaches at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels on various modules including Social Psychology and Work and the Environment. She is also a Associate Director of the Psychology and Communications Technology (PaCT) Lab - part of the Centre for Cognition and Communication. Linda's main research areas are behaviour change techniques, privacy, trust, technology use in public places, the impact of age and disability on technology use. Her research has been funded by major research grants from the ESRC, EPSRC, MOD and industry. She has attracted (as PI and CoI) grants totalling approximately 1.7 million and published widely in the fields of accessibility, privacy, security and trust. She has developed new methods for assessing existing and future technologies. Linda has also worked with local companies increasing the research capacity and culture of the North East. Linda has undertaken consultancy work and regularly presents her work at national and international conferences. She is a member of the BPS and an editor for the Journal Interacting with Computers and the Social Science Computer Review journal.


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Thomas, Lisa, Briggs, Pam and Little, Linda (2010): The impact of using location-based services with a behaviour-disordered child: a case study. In: Proceedings of the Sixth Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction 2010. pp. 503-510.

In this paper we explore technologies that help parents locate their children. Parents regularly use mobile phones to stay in touch with their children, but recent developments in location-based tracking allow parents to assess the location of their child directly. Such location-based services offer new assurances, but also bring new privacy challenges. In order to explore these, we conducted a case study focussing on the way in which a family has used location-based technologies to keep track of a child with Asperger's Syndrome and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. This novel research shows that Location-Based Services, although usually applied to lone-worker situations, can be effectively applied to other user groups. The parents of the child were interviewed at length, and the interview was analysed using qualitative methods. The findings are discussed and considered against a current predictive model of LBS use.

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Little, Linda, Sillence, Elizabeth and Briggs, Pam (2009): Ubiquitous systems and the family: thoughts about the networked home. In: Proceedings of the 2009 Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security 2009. p. 6.

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.

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Little, Linda (2009): The family and communication technologies. In: Proceedings of the 2009 Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security 2009. p. 53.

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Little, Linda, Sillence, Elizabeth, Sellen, Abigail and Taylor, Alex (2009): The family and communication technologies. In International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, 67 (2) pp. 125-127.

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Little, Linda and Briggs, Pam (2009): Private whispers/public eyes: Is receiving highly personal information in a public place stressful?. In Interacting with Computers, 21 (4) pp. 316-322.

The use of technology to access personal information in public places is increasingly common, but can these interactions induce stress? Sixty-eight participants were led to believe that extremely sensitive personal information would be displayed via either a public or personal handheld device in isolated or crowded (in the presence of strangers) conditions. Stress responses were taken in terms of heart rate, galvanic skin response and subjective ratings. As anticipated, participants showed stronger stress reactions in the crowded rather than the isolated conditions and also experienced greater stress when the information was presented on a public screen in comparison to a personal handheld device. Implications for the design of public/private information systems are discussed.

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Little, Linda and Briggs, Pam (2008): Ubiquitous Healthcare: Do we want it?. In: Proceedings of the HCI08 Conference on People and Computers XXII 2008. pp. 53-56.

In this paper we describe the development and test of a futuristic health scenario that allows the seamless exchange of sensitive personal data. The scenario was used to elicit user attitudes and concerns in thirty-eight focus groups drawn from a representative population sample. Emergent themes are described in terms of firstly, those hygiene factors that act as precursors to successful engagement with the technology, secondly, those motivators that would drive acceptance and thirdly, longer-term societal impact.

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Sillence, Elizabeth, Little, Linda and Briggs, Pam (2008): E-health. In: Proceedings of the HCI08 Conference on People and Computers XXII 2008. pp. 179-180.

E-health refers to information and health services delivered via the Internet or related technologies. Whilst usage statistics suggests that the internet is an e-health success story issues surrounding quality of information, user interaction and personalization raise important questions for researchers and designers alike. The move towards ubiquitous computing accentuates these concerns and highlights the relevance of trust, privacy and disclosure to the debate. This one-day workshop will bring together an interdisciplinary group of researchers and practitioners to discuss how the fields of human computer interaction and applied psychology can address the issues raised by the growing domain of e-health.

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Kostakos, Vassilis, O'Neill, Eamonn, Little, Linda and Sillence, Elizabeth (2005): The social implications of emerging technologies. In Interacting with Computers, 17 (5) pp. 475-483.

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Little, Linda, Briggs, Pamela and Coventry, Lynne (2005): Public space systems: Designing for privacy?. In International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, 63 (1) pp. 254-268.

Technological systems for use in public places need to be designed so people can use them efficiently, effectively, safely and with satisfaction. A component factor in satisfaction is perceived privacy. Current guidelines aimed at improving accessibility may impact users perceptions of privacy. The aim of this study was to explore whether different screen sizes affect users' perceptions of privacy. Also, if partitioning around screens influences privacy perceptions. An opportunity sample of 60 participants took part in the study. The results that revealed 12? screens were perceived as more private by users than 15 and 17? screens. Adding privacy partitions improved user's perceptions of privacy on the 12 and 15? screens but not on the 17?. These findings provide evidence that slight changes in the physical design of systems can increase users' perceived levels of privacy and therefore satisfaction.

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