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Ecovillages, Values, and Information Technology: Balancing Sustainability

Summary: Ecovillages, Values, and Information
Technology: Balancing Sustainability
with Daily Life in 21st
Century America
This project seeks to provide a rich account of the
adaptive process that occurs as individuals with explicit
value commitments interact with information
technology. Specifically, ethnographic methods are
being used to investigate the information technology
adaptive process as it unfolds in the daily life of two
ecovillages, communities made up of individuals
striving to balance their use of technology with a
lifestyle that is environmentally, socially, and
economically sustainable. Anticipated research
outcomes include: (1) an analytic description of
information technology adaptive process; (2) a
categorization of technological functionalities which
support or constrain certain values, (3) an empirical
extension of Value Sensitive Design, and (4) an


Source: Anderson, Richard - Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Washington at Seattle


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences