Charlotte Lee

Winter 2019

Creepy technology

Co-directed by Scott Mainwaring, Affiliate Assistant Professor; Charlotte Lee, Associate Professor

With the rise of infrastructures of surveillance capitalism, increasingly intimate personal technologies, security breaches and risks, and technological impersonations, a range of user experiences have been or are being termed "creepy". But what is creepiness, and what distinct varieties of creepy technologies and experiences are there?

In this DRG we will explore and critique theories of creepiness and relevant empirical data, and collect and analyze creepy technologies and technological experiences. We will survey the relevant literature with in HCI, but also draw in work from the social sciences and humanities. We will also bring in examples and stories of technocreepiness for discussion and analysis. The goal is both to arrive at a better understanding of this loaded term, and to inspire and ground follow-on research and writing by DRG participants. DRG participants will lead discussions on readings and on examples they will bring in for show-and-tell.

This DRG can be taken for 2 credits (CR/NC), and is open to graduate and undergraduate students from any department. If you are interested in participating, please fill out this survey on Catalyst


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