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Lazar J.,SIGCHIs International Public Policy Committee | Abascal J.,SIGCHIs International Public Policy Committee | Davis J.,SIGCHIs International Public Policy Committee | Evers V.,SIGCHIs International Public Policy Committee | And 9 more authors.
Interactions | Year: 2012

These HCI issues affect the core activities of many HCI researchers or practitioners: interface design, user testing and research, and funding. The challenges exist in every country, yet the solutions, and the knowledge to lead to solutions, are international. As an HCI community, we must be proactive, not reactive. We want to be involved from the beginning so that policymakers trust us and so that our research and practitioner expertise can influence public policy. The worst situation is to be reactive-to see policies created and then decry them as ineffective, not having been involved with their creation. Proactive involvement has much more of an impact. As a start, HCI researchers should become familiar with the process of how public policies are created in their national and regional governments. For researchers interested in data, science, and statistics, this is often not something that comes naturally. The HCI community has a long history with the process of user-centered design, in which we say that user data needs to influence design. Great. So let's take those same concepts and apply them to public policy. We need to use our research, our data, and our design expertise to help drive public policy- those things should drive policy, not politics or public opinion. To be effective, we need to be proactive, we need to get involved, and we need to work together internationally. © 2012 ACM.

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