Dr Samuel Woolley
Graduate Researcher Norah Abokhodair gave a presentation in South Korea on her planned dissertation research at CHI ’15 entitled “Transmigrant Saudi Arabian Youth and Social Media: Privacy, Intimacy and Freedom of Expression.” The submission was published in the Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems and is available here.
The diverse ways in which Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are modified and appropriated into local contexts is an important theme in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) research. In my dissertation I propose to investigate the use of social media by transmigrant Saudi Arabian youth living between the USA and Saudi Arabia. In particular, I aim to understand how youth conceptualize values such as privacy, intimacy, and freedom of expression across different cultures, and how they appropriate social media during their transnational experience.