Human and value sensitive aspects of mobile app design: a Foucauldian perspective

Barn, Balbir ORCID logoORCID: and Barn, Ravinder (2018) Human and value sensitive aspects of mobile app design: a Foucauldian perspective. Advanced Information Systems Engineering: 30th International Conference, CAiSE 2018, Tallin, Estonia, June 11-15, 2018, Proceedings. In: CAiSE 2018 30th International Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering, 11-15 June 2018, Tallinn, Estonia. ISBN 9783319915623. ISSN 0302-9743 [Conference or Workshop Item] (doi:10.1007/978-3-319-91563-0_7)

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Value sensitive concerns remain relatively neglected by software design processes leading to potential failure of technology acceptance. By drawing upon an inter-disciplinary study that employed participatory design methods to develop mobile apps in the domain of youth justice, this paper examines a critical example of an unintended consequence that created user concerns around Focauldian concepts including power, authority, surveillance and governmentality. The primary aim of this study was to design, deploy and evaluate social technology that may help to promote better engagement between case workers and young people to help reduce recidivism, and support young people’s transition towards social inclusion in society. A total of 140 participants including practitioners (n=79), and young people (n=61) contributed to the data collection via surveys, focus groups and one-one interviews. The paper contributes an important theoretically located discussion around both how co-design is helpful in giving ‘voice’ to key stakeholders in the research process and observing the risk that competing voices may lead to tensions and unintended outcomes. In doing so, software developers are exposed to theories from social science that have significant impact on their products

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Published as:Barn B.S., Barn R. (2018) Human and Value Sensitive Aspects of Mobile App Design: A Foucauldian Perspective. In: Krogstie J., Reijers H. (eds) Advanced Information Systems Engineering. CAiSE 2018. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 10816. Springer, Cham
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Computer Science
Item ID: 24109
Notes on copyright: This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of a paper published in [Advanced Information Systems Engineering. CAiSE 2018. The final authenticated version is available online at Springer at or
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Depositing User: Balbir Barn
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2018 14:40
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