Note: When clicking on a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) number, you will be taken to an external site maintained by the publisher.
Some full text articles may not yet be available without a charge during the embargo (administrative interval).
What is a DOI Number?
Some links on this page may take you to non-federal websites. Their policies may differ from this site.
Despite efforts towards pervasive, high-speed broadband connectivity, users worldwide continue to experience a persistent multinetwork reality–a reality of intermittent Internet access over multiple networks of varying capacities across space and time. In this late-breaking work, we investigate the challenges users face while using different Internet-based services and the mitigating strategies they adopt to overcome those challenges in a multinetwork reality. In addition, we also investigate how users envision software-based interventions that might augment their existing strategies and help them better manage their activities in a multinetwork reality. Finally, based on our findings from a qualitative analysis of semi-structured interviews, we explore a two-dimensional design space defined by cognitive and resource costs and discuss directions for future work.more » « lessFree, publicly-accessible full text available April 19, 2024
Disruption to routines is an increasingly common part of everyday life. With the roots of some disruptions in the interconnectedness of the world and environmental and socio-political instability, there is good reason to believe that conditions that cause widespread disruption will persist. Individuals, communities, and systems are thus challenged to engage in resilience practices to deal with both acute and chronic disruption. Our interest is in chronic, everyday resilience, and the role of both technology and non-technical adaptation practices engaged by individuals and communities, with a specific focus on practices centered in nature. Foregrounding nature's role allows close examination of environmental adversity and nature as part of adaptivity. We add to the CSCW and HCI literature on resilience by examining long-distance hikers, for whom both the sources of adversity and the mitigating resilience processes cut across the social, the technical, and the environmental. In interviews with 12 long-distance hikers we find resilience practices that draw upon technology, writ large, and nature in novel assemblages, and leverage fluid configurations of the individual and the community. We place our findings in the context of a definition for resilience that emphasizes a systems view at multiple scales of social organization. We make three primary contributions: (1) we contribute an empirical account of resilience in a contextual setting that complements prior CSCW resilience studies, (2) we add nuance to existing models for resilience to reflect the role of technology as both a resilience tool and a source of adversity, and (3) we identify the need for new designs that integrate nature into systems as a way to foster collaborative resilience. This nuanced understanding of the role of technology in individual and community resilience in and with nature provides direction for technology design that may be useful for everyday disrupted life.more » « lessFree, publicly-accessible full text available April 14, 2024