UCLIC Research Seminar Series

UCLIC Research Seminar 19th January: Oliver Haimson, Designing Trans Technology
Oliver Haimson, University of Michigan
Location: On Zoom


UCLIC Research Seminar 19th January: Oliver Haimson, Designing Trans Technology


Transgender and nonbinary people face substantial challenges in the world, ranging from social inequities and discrimination to lack of access to resources. Though technology cannot fully solve these problems, technological solutions may help to address some of the challenges trans people and communities face. In this talk I will discuss what "trans technology" means, and how it can be designed. Drawing from participatory design research with trans and nonbinary people, I detail several types of innovative technologies trans people envision. I show how centering trans people in the design process enabled inclusive technology design that primarily focused on sharing community resources and prioritized connection between community members. Next, I will present preliminary results from a new research study in which I interview existing "trans technology" creators to understand the current landscape of trans technologies, highlight areas for future innovation, and build theory via community input around what trans technology means.

Haimson, Oliver L., Dykee Gorrell, Denny L. Starks, and Zu Weinger. "Designing trans technology: Defining challenges and envisioning community-centered solutions." In Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, pp. 1-13. 2020. https://dl.acm.org/doi/pdf/10.1145/3313831.3376669?casa_token=TOMMBNPkHYQAAAAA:ySpWeH60uqhylp6A7NN1yxvkJX3633SWUETLC850czL519j9AHu2i6mUBivVggR9dF7TnHJ-7oE3UQ


Oliver Haimson is an Assistant Professor at University of Michigan School of Information and a recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER award. He conducts social computing research focused on envisioning and designing trans technologies, social media content moderation and marginalized populations, and changing identities on social media during life transitions. Much of his research has focused on transgender identities and experiences online and with social technologies, and his research goal is to impact technological inclusion of marginalized users. His research has been published in conferences and journals including CHI, CSCW, TOCHI, New Media and Society, and Social Media + Society.