Digital Meeting Places: Creating Intimate and Safe Connections with Digital Means

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Digital Meeting Places : Creating Intimate and Safe Connections with Digital Means. / Felding, Simone Anna; Schwennesen, Nete.

2019. 16-17 Abstract from The Digitally Engaged Patient, Copenhagen, Denmark.

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Felding, SA & Schwennesen, N 2019, 'Digital Meeting Places: Creating Intimate and Safe Connections with Digital Means', The Digitally Engaged Patient, Copenhagen, Denmark, 11/06/2019 - 12/06/2019 pp. 16-17.

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Felding, S. A., & Schwennesen, N. (2019). Digital Meeting Places: Creating Intimate and Safe Connections with Digital Means. 16-17. Abstract from The Digitally Engaged Patient, Copenhagen, Denmark.

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Felding SA, Schwennesen N. Digital Meeting Places: Creating Intimate and Safe Connections with Digital Means. 2019. Abstract from The Digitally Engaged Patient, Copenhagen, Denmark.

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Felding, Simone Anna ; Schwennesen, Nete. / Digital Meeting Places : Creating Intimate and Safe Connections with Digital Means. Abstract from The Digitally Engaged Patient, Copenhagen, Denmark.2 p.

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abstract = "Boblberg.dk is a digital platform offered to Danish municipalities, and is used as an element in municipal initiatives aimed at strenghtening mental health and preventing loneliness among the municipality's citizens. The company behind has been successful in marketing Boblberg.dk as a {"}social{"} platform positioned in contrast to other commercial digital platforms.In the paper, we consider Boblberg.dk as a socio-technical infrastructure (Star 1999) and we look more closely at the invisible 'articulation work' (Suchman 1996) that is necessary to configure Boblberg.dk as a platform that mediates intimate connections between people. This allows us to articulate the distributed, practical, and moral work done by municipalities, businesses and elderly people, which shapes Boblberg.dk as a safe and intimate meeting place.Based on an ethnographic study among older users in two municipalities, we explore how Boblberg.dk is articulated in practice, from three different 'sites': 1) The socio-technical expectations (Mc Neal et al. 2016) and moral visions of 'good old-age life' 2) The concrete screening and exclusion of content and users 3) The expectations, digital production and experiences of use in practice.Across the three sites we show how both human and nonhuman actors form connections digitally and physically. We argue that the different actors aim at different connections and have different expectations, that can work against each other. Finally, we discuss the challenges and opportunities that arise when municipalities try to mediate social contact with digital means.ReferencesMcNeil, Maureen, et al. 2016. Conceptualizing Imaginaries of Science, Technology, and Society. In: The Handbook of Science and Technology Studies. Ulrike Felt et al., eds. p. 435-464. Cambridge: MIT PressSuchman, Lucy. 1996. Supporting articulation work. In: Computerization and controversy: Value conflicts and social choices 2nd edition. Rob Kling, ed. p. 407-423. San Diego: Academic PressStar, Susan Leigh. 1999. The ethnography of infrastructure. American behavioral scientist 43(3):377-391",
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