Creating and Exploring Digital Empathy

Creating and Exploring Digital Empathy
How do we unlock the digital communication of empathy

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Creating and Exploring Digital Empathy (CEDE) proposes to unlock the digital communication of empathy as we believe its is a major emission from online communication and digital personhood as a whole. Currently there are few ways to let a loved one, a group or a community, or even perfect strangers  know that you feel empathetic towards their situation. Whilst we are able to express emotions via simple iconography it is limited in scope and fails to include any indication of understanding or depth of feeling. In short, there is a need in the digital personhood research space to understand what it means to be digitally human and to put in place new methods to feel / express empathy via the network.  

Project Team

CoultonCoulton Paul Coulton Speculative Design, Design Fiction, Game Design, Design as Rhetoric, Research through Design, Design Futures, Play, Toys
HuckHuck Jonny Huck Cartographic Design, GIS, Data Visualisation, Place Theory, Space Legibility, Remote Sensing
Andrew Hudson-Smith Andrew Hudson-Smith Reader in Digital Urban Systems at UCL
Jenny Roberts Jenny Roberts Professor and Head of InstEAD, Dept of Economics, Uni of Sheffield

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Design Fiction at CHI 2016

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Design Fiction at CHI 2016

At this years CHI 2016 in San Jose CA, USA, which is considered the top conference for Human-Computer Interaction, Imagination presented three paper relating to its research on design fiction. Pushing the limits of design fiction: the case for fictional research papers available here. ...More information

Digital Installations in Hawkshead Church

Articleby Paul Coulton

As part of our Creating and exploring Digital Empathy project we have recently installed a system at St Michael’s and All Angels in Hawkshead, which allows people to type in prayers that are then projected onto the church’s interior wall. These prayers are then shared in a similar way with St Peter De Beauvoir Town Church in Hackney. The Diocese of Carlisle have created their own fil shown below to highlight the...Read full article

CEDE Church featured in the Church Times

CEDE Church featured in the Church Times

The CEDE installations at St Peter's De Beauvoir Town Church have been cited in relation to the argument for WiFi to be installed in every Church of England Church.

The Church of England's Buildings Division has backed a plan to fit all of the CofE's 16,000 churches with WiFi internet access....Read full update

Ethics of Data

BBC R&D video released for European Data Protection Day.

As part of the developing research area concerned with the ethics of data, BBC Research & Development wants to understand how it can demonstrate excellence in data privacy & security for people using connected services. As part...Read full update

Digital Empathy Project on BBC Click

Digital Empathy Project on BBC Click

The interactive systems we developed as part of our project on Digital Empathy for St Peter De Beauvoir Town Church in Hackney are featured on BBC Click

The has installed a wifi-enabled prayer candle system, digital advent window and a interactive font we created for the congregation...Read full update

Exploring Sustainability Research in Computing: Where we are and where we go next

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Exploring Sustainability Research in  Computing: Where we are and where we go next

This paper by Bran Knowles (HighWire), Stuart Walker (ImaginationLancaster) and Lynne Blair (Computing) develops a holistic framework of questions which seem to motivate sustainability research in computing in order to enable new opportunities for critique. Analysis ofsystematically selected corpora...More information