2018-11-20 Design for Good or Evil – World Usability Day 2018


In celebration of this year’s theme for World Usability Day, Design for Good or Evil, CapCHI is hosting a talk by Dr. Tracey Lauriault!

DATE AND TIME: Tuesday, November 20, 2018, 6:30 – 9:30 pm; doors open a 6:00 pm.

LOCATION: The Clubhouse – Mulligan’s Golf Bar, 201 Queen Street, 3rd Floor, Ottawa, ON K1P 5C9.

REGISTRATION: (Free!) We request that you pre-register via Eventbrite, but it is not required to attend… https://www.eventbrite.com/e/capchi-event-design-for-good-and-evil-world-usability-day-2018-tickets-51732196392

Design for Good or Evil

Understanding the impact that technology is having on our lives, for better or worse, is an extremely broad topic. It ranges from the usability of a seemingly simple feature like a gear shift in your car that might impact your life to much larger societal issues from social media design that have been in the news lately.

As researchers, designers and developers we play a pivotal role in determining the good and evil of design.

Our speaker this month is Dr. Tracey Lauriault, Assistant Professor of Critical Media and Big Data, Communication and Media Studies, School of Journalism and Communication, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON, Canada, @TraceyLauriault. Tracey will present “Open Smart Cities and Technological Citizenship“…

Abstract: Agency, knowledge and the capacity to act (i.e. power) are the preconditions for technological citizenship in a technological society (Feenberg). It can be argued that scholars and the makers and shapers of technology  have the capacity to act and ought to intervene as technological citizens to ensure that large technological systems are in the public interest. In this talk, I will discuss the GeoConnections Funded Open Smart Cities in Canada project conducted in Collaboration with Open North. The project was grounded in theory and evidence but qualitatively aspirational in the sense that we imagined how a smart city might be fairer and more ethical, can reduce bias and be for the public good.  We then proceeded to develop an Open Smart City Guide which is now being transformed into an assessment tool for the deployment of smart cities in Canada.

Bio:  Lauriault am a critical data studies scholar and social scientist working at the intersection of society and technology specializing in open data, geomatics and large data infrastructures. She has conducts research about data and large technological systems with private, public and civil society experts and scholars on open smart cities, open data, precision agriculture, homelessness software, national mapping organizations and spatial data archives. She collaborates in international transdisciplinary research on topics related to data processes such as artificial intelligence, software systems and infrastructures such as smart cities with those who build and govern them. She contribute scholarly knowledge to the community as a board member of civil society and academic associations and at public speaking engagements at industry, government and community conferences.

She is Cross-Appointed to Core Faculty of the Carleton University Collaborative M.A. in Digital Humanities, she is also a research associate at the Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute (Ireland), the Centre for Law Technology and Society (University of Ottawa) and the Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre (Carleton University). She is a board member of the Institute for Data Science (Carleton University), Open North Canada’s leading open data civil society organization, and I volunteer or am a member of a number of data and technology civil society organizations and support local events on related topics. I was awarded the Inaugural Open Data Leadership award 2016, and the top 100 Women in STEM by Silicon Republic 2014.

Tracey will share some of her findings and insights in this area from her work on topics like Open Smart Cities and the Programmable City on the Good and Evil of design. We’ll then open up discussions and comments from a few noted local members of the design community and the audience.

About Us

CapCHI (www.capchi.org) is a social and professional society of people who work as user interface designers, researchers, educators, software developers, web designers, graphic designers and human factors engineers in and around Canada’s National Capital Region. Founded in 1991, CapCHI’s goal is to bring together local professionals interested in how humans and computers interact, in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.


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