Qatar Computing Research Institute
We aim to assess the current tactics used by Qataris and other GCC nationals to express identity through the use of virtual identity technologies (e.g., social media profiles and avatars), which are not necessarily designed with their values in mind. This investigation will result in (1) articulation of base principles and best practices for developing technologies that empower Qataris to enact traditional values and cultural norms, (2) new computational techniques for understanding user values and practices in virtual identity systems, and (3) a novel application illustrating the efficacy of our discovered design principles. The key milestone for year 3 is below, with a focus on extending the analysis techniques we developed to more virtual identity platforms and making our design guidelines more available to developers in the region.
Designing Virtual Identities for Empowerment and Social Change
Understanding and Developing for Cultural Identities Across Platforms: Value-Driven Design Principles and Best Practices in a Qataris