Communal computing, part 3

A Way Forward with Communal Computing

People at a mall (source: StockSnap via Pixabay)
  • Do user research in the users’ own environment
  • Do build for everyone who might have access
  • Do consider pseudo-identities for individuals and groups
  • Do evolve with the space
  • Do use behavioral data carefully, or don’t use it at all
  • Don’t assume that automation will work in all contexts
  • Don’t include all service functionality on the device
  • Don’t assume your devices will be the only ones
  • Don’t change the terms without an ‘out’ for owners

Recap of all articles

  1. Communal Computing — How do we build devices that are shared by default?
  2. Communal Computing’s Many Problems — Where user-centric computing goes wrong
  3. A Way Forward with Communal Computing — Do’s and Don’ts when Designing for the Community



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Chris Butler

Chaotic good product manager, Lead PM @ Google Core Machine Learning