Special Issue "Digital Personhood & Networked Emotions"

A special issue of Future Internet (ISSN 1999-5903).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 May 2014) | Viewed by 305

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Ralph Barthel
Guest Editor
The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, University College London, 90 Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 4TJ, UK
Interests: internet of things; interaction design; technology-enhanced learning; knowledge building
Dr. Paul Coulton
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Guest Editor
Imagination Lancaster, Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts, The LICA Building, Lancaster University, Bailrigg, Lancaster LA1 4YW, UK
Interests: digital/physical design; design interactions; design fiction; toys and games
Prof. Dr. Jennifer Roberts
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Guest Editor
Department of Economics & Institute for Economic Analysis of Decision-Making, The University of Sheffield, 9 Mappin Street, Sheffield S1 4DT, UK
Interests: digital empathy; trust; behaviour change; well-being; societal norms, decision-making
Prof. Dr. Andrew Hudson-Smith
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Guest Editor
Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, Faculty of the Built Environment, University College London, 90 Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 4TJ, UK
Interests: internet of things; smart cities; citizen participation; agent based modelling
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

As more and more aspects of our personal life are supported by and integrated into networks (e.g. Internet of Things) large amounts of digital personal data are generated. On the one hand this raises challenges about privacy and ownership and how the quantified self impacts concepts and perceptions of personhood and being human. On the other hand new forms of interactions and design principles are needed to engage with and communicate emotions over networks in meaningful ways in order to enrich peoples lives and social relationships rather than to impoverish them. Emotional aspects of digital personhood such as empathy, spirituality or well-being significantly impact on peoples’ lives and life quality but are as of yet underexplored through original research.

Hence this special issue seeks for original contributions and research that explore digital personhood and networked emotions in new ways. We would especially like to encourage interdisciplinary research and invite papers from diverse research backgrounds including communities in Human-Computer Interaction, Internet of Things, Design, Arts, Psychology and the Social Sciences. Relevant topics for this special issue include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Emotions in networked environments
  • Novel forms of interacting with networked personal data
  • System Design to enable communication of emotions over networks
  • Physiological sensing of emotions
  • Internet of Things
  • Physical proxies for digital personhood
  • Digital identity
  • Digital Empathy and Emphatic Computing
  • Representation and Communication of Emotions
  • Sentiment Analysis
  • Quantified Self
  • Digital Personhood- Ownership of data and privacy
  • Persona Curation- Representations of the digital self
  • Archive, Memory, and Forgetting in digital systems

Dr. Ralph Barthel
Dr. Paul Coulton
Prof. Jennifer Roberts
Dr. Andrew Hudson-Smith
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Internet of things
  • digital empathy
  • empathic computing
  • biometric sensors
  • digital personhood
  • networked emotions
  • quantified self
  • health and well being
  • quality of life
  • EEG

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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