Arab Youth and Social Media: The case of Saudi Arabia — My paper at CHI 2015

Last week I was at CHI 2015: The Conference on Computer Human Interaction, which was held in Seoul, Korea. CHI is one of the worlds leading conferences in the field of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and part of The Association for Computing Machinery’s (ACM). I am honored to have been a part of the conference Doctoral Consortium to present on my dissertation research titled:Transmigrant Saudi Arabian Youth and Social Media: Privacy, Intimacy and Freedom of Expression (PDF). You can also find it in the ACM Library online.

Paper abstract: The diverse ways in which Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are modified and appropriated into local contexts is an important theme in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) research. In my dissertation I propose to investigate the use of social media by transmigrant Saudi Arabian youth living between the USA and Saudi Arabia. In particular, I aim to understand how youth conceptualize values such as privacy, intimacy, and freedom of expression across different cultures, and how they appropriate social media during their transnational experience.

Talking about my background and how it relates to my dissertation research. #chi2015
Talking about my background and how it relates to my dissertation research. #chi2015

I highly encourage Ph.D. students in their dissertation proposal stage to participate in Doctoral Consortiums at their favorite conference. Cause it is a great opportunity to receive feedback from experts in the field and other Ph.Ds, in addition to being the best environment to meet and make new Ph.D. friends.

With my friends from the Doctoral Consortium posing in traditional Korean outfits.

If you had questions regarding CHI DC please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Thank you!

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Norah Abokhodair

I'm an applied social scientist with a passion for researching and developing the next generation of social and collaborative technologies. Currently, I'm a Research Program Manager at the Microsoft Learning Innovation Lab where our cross-functional team of PMs, UX Researchers, and Software Engineers employ design thinking to discover the future of seamless learning experiences, leveraging the power of Artificial Intelligence.

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