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From her story, to our story: Digital storytelling as public engagement around abortion rights advocacy in Ireland
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Media Technology and Interaction Design, MID.
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2018 (English)In: CHI '18 Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), 2018, Vol. 2018Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Despite the divisive nature of abortion within the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, where access to safe, legal abortion is severely restricted, effecting legislative reform demands widespread public support. In light of a building pro-choice counter-voice, this work contributes to a growing body of HCI research that takes an activist approach to design. We report findings from four design workshops with 31 pro-choice stakeholders across Ireland in which we positioned an exploratory protosite, HerStoryTold, to engender critical conversations around the use of sensitive abortion narratives as a tool for engagement. Our analysis shows how digital storytelling can help reject false narratives and raise awareness of the realities of abortion laws. It suggests design directions to curate narratives that provoke empathy, foster polyvocality, and ultimately expand the engaged community. Furthermore, this research calls for designers to actively support community mobilization through providing 'stepping stones' to activism.

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Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), 2018. Vol. 2018
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Activism, Feminist HCI, Reproductive rights, Social movements, Storytelling
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Interaction Technologies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-228566DOI: 10.1145/3173574.3173931Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85046949760ISBN: 9781450356206 ISBN: 9781450356213 OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-228566DiVA, id: diva2:1210317
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2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2018, 21 April 2018 through 26 April 2018
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QC 20180528

Available from: 2018-05-28 Created: 2018-05-28 Last updated: 2018-05-28Bibliographically approved

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