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Domesticating data: socio-legal perspectives on smart homes and good data design

FLINTHAM, MARTIN; GOULDEN, MURRAY; PRICE, DOMINIC; Urquhart, Lachlan

Authors

MARTIN FLINTHAM martin.flintham@nottingham.ac.uk
Transitional Fellow in Computer Science_

Lachlan Urquhart



Contributors

S. Kate Devitt
Editor

Monique Mann
Editor

Angela Daly
Editor

Abstract

In this chapter, we focus on the so-called ‘smart home’ as an archetypal group space into which the Internet of Things is spreading. As most homes are shared spaces we focus on what ‘good data’ might look like in a space that is essentially defined by the interpersonal relations between their occupants; how good is it really, and how do we avoid it becoming ‘bad data’? We engage with this problem in two ways. First, we consider the grey area that is interpersonal data from a legal perspective, by considering transparency and accountability of smart home data, ownership and responsibilities. Second, through short narrative design fictions we speculate on how the smart home might provoke unconsidered, problematic or unexpected data practices both good and bad. We draw on these to conclude with reflections on and implications for the specific but complex challenges that designers and occupants of the modern smart home face in trying to engage in good data practices.

Publication Date Jan 24, 2019
Pages 343 -360
Series Title Theory on demand
Series Number 29
Book Title Good data
Chapter Number 20
ISBN ISBN 978-94-92302- 27-4
APA6 Citation FLINTHAM, M., GOULDEN, M., PRICE, D., & Urquhart, L. (2019). Domesticating data: socio-legal perspectives on smart homes and good data design. In S. K. Devitt, M. Mann, & A. Daly (Eds.), Good data, 343 -360. Institute of Network Cultures

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