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Culture and Control in a Media Space

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Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, The Netherlands


Media spaces integrate audio, video and computer networking technology in order to provide a rich communicative environment for collaboration. The connectivity which they provide brings with it important concerns regarding privacy, protection and control. In order to derive the fullest befefit from this technology, it is essential that these issues be addressed. As part of our investigation of media space systems, we developed a computational infrastructure addressing these problems our own working environment. A key aspect of this work is the relationship between two aspects of this control system - the technological components which determine how the system will behave, and the social components which determine acceptable use and behavior. This paper discusses our expieriences with the privacy and control aspects of our RAVE media space environment, specifically with regard to connection management, and compares them to the experiences of other research groups. We discuss the nature of the relationship between technological and social elements in using this technology, and discuss the consequences for the design of such systems.


Dourish, Paul (1993): Culture and Control in a Media Space. ECSCW 1993: Proceedings of the Third European Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, The Netherlands. ISBN: 978-94-011-2094-4. pp. 125-137. Full Papers. Milano, Italy. 15-17 September 1993