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Restrictions and constraints in mobile narratives for place-based community engagement

By Kevin Wiesner, Marcus Foth, Mark Bilandzic and Helmut Krcmar


The usage of the mobile Internet increased tremendously within the last couple of years, and thereby the vision of accessing information anytime, anywhere became more realistic and a dominant design principle for providing content. However, this paper presents work-in-progress that challenges this paradigm of unlimited and unrestricted access, and explores and tests how constraints and restrictions may positively influence the motivation and enticement of mobile users to engage with location-specific content. Restrictions, such as a particular time or location that enables a user to access content, may be used to foster community participation and engagement, as well as to support locative media production and to enhance the user’s experience. In the end, we outline the timeline of our current work and further studies planned in order to verify our hypothesis

Topics: 080602 Computer-Human Interaction, 080502 Mobile Technologies, 190402 Creative Writing (incl. Playwriting), 190205 Interactive Media, 200102 Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies, 120304 Digital and Interaction Design, 160810 Urban Sociology and Community Studies
Year: 2009
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