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On the Importance of Replication in HCI and Social Computing Research
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On the Importance of Replication in HCI and Social Computing Research

How does replication of experiments and systems move HCI research forward?  Wouldn't replication simply waste valuable researcher energy that might be better spent...

Information Privacy: Changing Norms and Expectations
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Information Privacy: Changing Norms and Expectations

That picture of you at a family reunion, squinting into the sun, can rarely be delimited by a physical location once it is placed on the web. Instead, information...

When Everything Is Embarrassing: Designing With Teenage Girls
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When Everything Is Embarrassing: Designing With Teenage Girls

A discussion of the difficulties of conducting user-centered design with teenage girls.

Why Have There Been So Many Security Breaches Recently?
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Why Have There Been So Many Security Breaches Recently?

We're only five months into this year, but there have been a large number of sensational security breaches. Why have there been so many, and what can we do about...

Stats: We're Doing It Wrong
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Stats: We're Doing It Wrong

A summary of the mistakes researchers make when analysing likert type data and what the correct methods should be.

Who Needs a Tablet?
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Who Needs a Tablet?

Tablets do not solve a mainstream problem, they only serve a niche.

The Wonderful World of Cooking Interfaces
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The Wonderful World of Cooking Interfaces

This is an article describing some recent (and bizarre) interfaces to support cooking. The intersection of computer science and culinary art is not as small as...

Intellectual Amplification via Computing
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Intellectual Amplification via Computing

As the recent performance of IBM's Watson system on the game show Jeopardy! illustrated, the combination of large-scale data, rich algorithm suites and powerful...

Who Needs a Netbook?
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Who Needs a Netbook?

In only a couple years, improved smartphones and laptops have closed the niche that netbooks lived in. Rather than mourn the loss of netbooks, let's celebrate their...

Design, Functionality, and Diffusion of Innovations
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Design, Functionality, and Diffusion of Innovations

What's the relationship between functionality and design? What kinds of factors influence whether people do or don't adopt a technology?

HPC and the Excluded Middle
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HPC and the Excluded Middle

Betwixt and between ubiquitous consumer software and the ethereal realm of ultra-high-performance computing, lies the excluded middle, the world of day-to-day computational...

­UIST 2010: Ending Keynote
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­UIST 2010: Ending Keynote

UIST 2010 has concluded with Jaron Lanier's inspiring and profound keynote after another set of paper presentations demonstrating innovative UI technology.

HCI Track at Grace Hopper
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HCI Track at Grace Hopper

The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing had two special technical tracks added to this year's program: open source and human-computer interaction (HCI)...

Innovation Contest and Demos at UIST 2010
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Innovation Contest and Demos at UIST 2010

We started the day at the beautiful Judson Memorial Church, crowded with more than 300 people attending UIST 2010, which is a new record.

­UIST 2010: Cursors Rock
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­UIST 2010: Cursors Rock

Two papers about enhanced mouse cursors quickly drew my attention today. I briefly introduce these papers among other interesting topics of the second day of UIST...

Mind Meld in Group Decision Making
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Mind Meld in Group Decision Making

Social computing remains a hot research topic, and basic research on understanding group decision making and conditions under which crowdsourcing can lead to advantages...

Why Is Great Design So Hard (Part Two)?
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Why Is Great Design So Hard (Part Two)?

Previously, I asked the question of why great design is so hard to integrate in organizations. In this article, I take a look at how Apple does design, and what...

Remembering Internet Dogs
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Remembering Internet Dogs

An iconic cartoon by Peter Steiner, which appeared in The New Yorker in 1993, captured the nature of the nascent Internet. It shows a dog seated at a computer,...

Evaluating the Success of Mentoring Programs
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Evaluating the Success of Mentoring Programs

Can HCI evaluation methods help to assess the effectiveness of mentoring programs for women?

Why Is Great Design So Hard?
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Why Is Great Design So Hard?

Why is good design so hard to accomplish for organizations? People are coming to the realization that design really matters, but it's not that they don't want to...
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