Le Dantec, Christopher A.
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ItemAtlanta: Whose Data Is It Anyway?: Empowerment and Ownership of Community Research(Georgia Institute of Technology, 2017-06-06) Akintobi, Tabia Henry ; Le Dantec, Christopher A. ; Nkromo, Kwabena ; Ross, Terry ; Wallace, JamieNeighborhoods and communities of all types are often the subject of data monitoring and research by organizations such as police departments, public health agencies, and universities. Too often citizens and residents are not either aware of the information that is being collected about their lives, or they don't adequately understand its implications and almost never are in control of the data that may impact their families and neighbors. Our panelists will discuss how Participatory Action Research, open systems data sharing, and quality community engagement can make a huge difference in whether a community is empowered or undermined by data.
ItemCivic Data + Civic Participation( 2015-09-15) Le Dantec, Christopher A.Smart cities and digital democracy have begun to converge and create opportunities to enact new civic imaginaries. Much of the momentum behind these efforts derives from computing’s promise of improved efficiency derived from the application of data to familiar problems. However, data are social, whether through the act of collecting them, to marshaling them for argument and advocacy, or by being acted on by them. Data-based civic participation, then, is about attending to the ways data do social work for us, how our stories become data, and how data tell stories. One way in which I am currently exploring these issues is through a project that enlists cyclists in Atlanta to record their rides and share that data with the City. These traces inform the creation of public polity and create an opportunity to participate in new forms of civic labor and advocacy. This project is one of several I am currently working on to explore the data ecosystems that emerge at the intersection of digital democracy and smart cities.
ItemTechnology on the Frontier of Citizen Action: Promoting Participation, Increasing Access, & Expanding Opportunity(Georgia Institute of Technology, 2013-03-13) Clark, Jennifer ; Boston, Thomas D. ; Le Dantec, Christopher A. ; Mitchell, Helena ; Pearson, Willie
ItemCommunity resource messenger: a mobile system and design exploration in support of the urban homeless(Georgia Institute of Technology, 2011-06-09) Le Dantec, Christopher A.Access to computers, to mobile phones, and to data connectivity has opened new avenues of interaction and created expectations about the flattening of society brought about by these new modes of production. These technologies have enabled us to recognize many forms of community---from close knit social groups to individuals who merely co-habit public spaces---and to support interaction with each other in novel ways. The notion that modern digital technology holds promises of democratization by expanding access to information and broadening modes of knowledge production often fails to acknowledge that these benefits rely upon devices and infrastructure whose availability reflect socioeconomic contours; that the technologies that enable information access can also reinforce rather than obviate marginality due to barriers to access and suitability. This assessment points to opportunities for better understanding and better designing technologies for the marginalized or dispossessed. The research presented in this dissertation discusses the findings from empirical, theoretical, and design based investigations of technology use with the urban homeless. The empirical work provides a foundation for understanding current technology practices among the homeless and their care providers. The theoretical investigation develops Deweyan publics as a novel frame for participatory design. The design-based investigation presents findings from the design and deployment of the Community Resource Messenger at a shelter for homeless mothers. The results of this research shed light on impact of social computing platforms on social service provision and on the ways the staff and residents used the Community Resource Messenger as a resource for identifying common issues and taking action to contend with those issues.
IteminSpace: Co-Designing the Physical and Digital Environment to Support Workplace Collaboration(Georgia Institute of Technology, 2008) Voida, Stephen ; McKeon, Matt ; Le Dantec, Christopher A. ; Forslund, C. ; Verma, Puja ; McMillan, B. ; Bunde-Pedersen, J. ; Edwards, W. Keith ; Mynatt, Elizabeth D. ; Mazalek, AliIn this paper, we unpack three themes for the multidisciplinary codesign of a physical and digital meeting space environment in supporting collaboration: that social practices should dictate design, the importance of supporting fluidity, and the need for technological artifacts to have a social voice. We describe a prototype meeting space named inSpace that explores how design grounded in these themes can create a user-driven, information-rich environment supporting a variety of meeting types. Our current space includes a table with integrated sensing and ambient feedback, a shared wall display that supports multiple concurrent users, and a collection of storage and infrastructure services for communication, and that also can automatically capture traces of how artifacts are used in the space.