Ph.D. Defense: Situating Engagement: Ubiquitous Infrastructures for In-Situ Civic Engagement
by Matthias Korn on May 17, 2013
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Ph.D. Defence at the Department of Computer Science, Aarhus University on May 7, 2013. ...
Ph.D. Defence at the Department of Computer Science, Aarhus University on May 7, 2013.
Mobile phones and other situated technologies offer new possibilities to engage us citizens in urban planning activities while on the go, on our daily routes and routines. Matthias Korn has studied how to support people in participating in planning discussions while out and about and in close proximity to the sites of discussion. Experience from a number of software and hardware prototypes deployed in the field has led him to argue that mobile technologies afford a better integration of civic engagement activities into our everyday lives by offering opportunities to participate when such topics are most relevant and most present to us.
In doing so, Matthias Korn seeks to promote 'situated engagement', that is, to support civic engagement activities in those spatial contexts that are at stake in urban planning. Situated engagement complements existing forms of engagement such as polls, town hall meetings, or consensus conferences, because it connects discussions to the places of our daily life that are personally meaningful and relevant to us.
The PhD degree was completed at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Participatory Information Technology (PIT), Aarhus University.
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