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Technology on the Trail

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The Technology on the Trail workshop will examine the encroachment of technology into hiking and outdoor adventures, with a focus on identifying and developing ways for technology to support positive and mutually beneficial connections among people. These connections include both intentional ones helpful in collecting scientific data, supporting the environment, maintaining safety, and sharing via social media. We will also explore more opportunistic connections, such as those that are leveraged when tracking and sharing biometric or geotemporal data. With the inclusion of technology in places where it is not used and sometimes not welcome, there will be mismatches of ethics and values that must be considered in the design and use of technology. The workshop will examine existing and emerging challenges of bringing technology onto the trail and reflect on ways to understand, design, and deploy appropriate technological solutions moving forward.


McCrickard, D. Scott; Horning, Michael A.; Harrison, Steve; Harmon, Ellie; Dix, Alan; Su, Norman Makoto; Stelter, Timothy (2018): Technology on the Trail. Proceedings of the 2018 ACM International Conference on Supporting Group Work. DOI: 10.1145/3148330.3152161. Association for Computing Machinery. pp. 365–368. Sanibel Island, Florida, USA