As stated in previous blog post, I am looking to design an application called Stop & Check which a person can use to record and review the actions and interaction of law enforcement in their surrounding areas. When looking at how this application will connect with the ideas of mobility and social interaction, I believe that my application will touch on that in several areas of its design.
In the reading by Kakihara & Sorensen, the authors note the fact that being mobile is no longer solely describes someone’s ability to physical travel, but also includes , the interactions that occur between people in the social realm. (Kakihara & Sorensen, 2001, p. 33). This can be looked at in several different ways according to the authors, which include spatial mobility, temporary mobility, and contextual mobility. My application crosses all these elements of mobility in its design because of the location searching features, ability to share and connect with others through their reviews, and the fact that the app would be design to be accessed from anywhere.
In terms of social interaction, I believe that because my application is sharing information among many different people over digital space and time, I have will be able to incorporate social interaction into the core design on the application and its design. As read in the article by author Lee Humphreys, “much of public sociality through mobile social networks is about connecting with others” (Humphreys, 2012, p. 502). My application is specifically designed around this, and a will be details in the prototypes and reflected on in the final product, the ability to community and share with others in an essential part of my application.
When it comes to privacy issues and concerns with the application, I believe that my design will have features that meet both requirements. In terms of the reporting feature that the application features, users will have the ability to share their post and make reports both publicly with a user log-in that they create within the application. This allows them to few comfortable sharing without fear of being harassed or bothered after by law enforcement. Also, even if they choose to create profile within the application all you need is a username and password (no email or identifying information required). With the location services enabled to only come on by request in the report and emergency tabs (by choice of course), the user can feel completely secure when using the technology. I think that these measure of privacy still align with the main reasons people use social media and mobile applications, which as noted in one of our class readings includes “[the ability to] disseminate information about themselves [and to] people post information about others” (Marwick, 2012, p. 380-381).
In terms of accessibility and making this application usable to those with disabilities, I believe that I would be able to cover a large area of concerns but of course not everything. In terms of those who are visually impaired or blind, all of the features within the application can be used through voice technology with a text reading function. To insure privacy, we would encourage users to wear headphones when using this feature. For those that are hearing or speech impaired, the application will have the ability to be read and used on any touch screen device (both mobile and recreation). Also, with the emergency button system, users can contact dispatch in their local area at anytime if they need assist in anyway regardless of if they are frequent users on the application. I think that these features make the application well rounded it its accessible to those that do not consider themselves able-bodied. According to an article from our class readings, sometimes “people with disabilities [find] significant difficulties with second generation cell phones” due to the fact that in updating and enhancing the design and technology, sometimes accessibility is forgotten in the equation (Goggin, 2006, p.92). Because of this, I think it is really important to make sure i take the time to make my application as accessible as possible. Given that I have been given the knowledge in class and the opportunity to do better in the design on my application when it comes to this issues.
Given that my application would be marketing as both a checks and balances application for law enforcement, but also a way to find secure with police office (the emergency feature), I believe that it is very important to make the application available to as many people as possible. This also includes the privacy and security piece, because people will not want to use the application if they will that using it in someway can track back negatively to them, or that they will be seen as an outcast for using it. With this information, I will hopefully be able to have an improved app design then before.
Goggin, Gerard. (2006). Cell Phone Culture: Mobile technology in everyday life. London: Routledge. Chapter 5, p. 89-103.
Humphreys, Lee. (2012). “Connecting, Coordinating, Cataloguing: Communicative Practices on Mobile Social Networks,” Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, 56:4, 494-510
Kakihara, Masao & Sorensen, Carsten. (2001). Expanding the ‘Mobility’ Concept. SIGGROUP Bulletin, 22(3), 33-37.
Marwick, Alice. (2012). “Public Domain: Surveillance in everyday life.” Surveillance & Society. 9(4): 378-393.