SMART HOMES WORKSHOP

18th November 2022, Newcastle Upon Tyne

OVERVIEW

This innovative workshop brought together an interdisciplinary team of experts to provide complementary perspectives on conceptualising and evaluating complex online harms within a smart home environment.

WELCOME: CONCEPTUALISING COMPLEX ONLINE HARMS IN THE SMART HOME

by Professor Aad van Moorsel

In this introductory session, Aad introduced the project and explained its relationship to REFRAIN. Definitions were provided of crucial terminology.

1. INTRODUCING THE 'SMART HOME'

Shola began by introducing progress on his sociological investigation of smart home harms concluding that the term 'smart home' is evolving within literature and is linked thematically to concepts of health and wellbeing. Its primary use is for convivence. However, cybersecurity and other safety issues may arise.

Scoping review: Shola also outlined current progress in the collaborative scoping review of smart home literature. He briefly explained the methods used to conduct the thematic search for articles around key themes of harms, risks, and vulnerabilities.

2. CITIZEN-CENTICTY IN SMART HOME RESEARCH

Vas began his talk by introducing what is meant by citizen-orientated design and the move towards a psychological understanding of human agency (Bandura). He emphasised the need to understand the role of citizens in smart homes and cities and recognise how citizens become agents of democracy. Vas then proceeded to guide us through some of the critical debates and an overview of 'Tension Road' a previous study engaging with citizen-focused conceptualisations of data:

3. DATA COLLECTION METHODS: FROM DESIGN TO IMPLEMENTATION

Max began by explaining the different types of data companies collect: