Fearsquare: hacking open crime data to critique, jam and subvert the 'aesthetic of danger'

Garbett, Andrew and Wardman, Jamie and Kirman, Ben and Linehan, Conor and Lawson, Shaun (2014) Fearsquare: hacking open crime data to critique, jam and subvert the 'aesthetic of danger'. In: CHI 2015, 10 - 12 December 2014, Seoul, Korea.

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Abstract

We present a critical evaluation of a locative media application, Fearsquare, which provocatively invites users to engage with personally contextualized risk information drawn from the UK open data crime maps cross-referenced with geo-located user check-ins on Foursquare. Our analysis of user data and a corpus of #Fearsquare discourse on Twitter revealed three cogent appraisals ('Affect', 'Technical' and 'Critical') reflecting the salient associations and aesthetics that were made between different components of the application and interwoven issues of technology, risk, danger, emotion by users. We discuss how the varying strength and cogency of these public responses to Fearsquare call for a broader imagining and analysis of how risk and danger are interpreted; and conclude how our findings reveal important challenges for researchers and designers wishing to engage in projects that involve the computer-mediated communication of risk.

Keywords:risk, communication, visualisation, social media, bmjtype
Subjects:G Mathematical and Computer Sciences > G440 Human-computer Interaction
Divisions:College of Science > School of Computer Science
ID Code:16915
Deposited On:15 Mar 2015 20:01

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