With or Without Permission: Site-Specific Augmented Reality for Social Justice

Rafael M.L. Silva, Ana María Cárdenas Gasca, Joshua A. Fisher, Erica Principe Cruz, Cinthya Jauregui, Amy Lueck, Fannie Liu, Andrés Monroy-Hernández, Kai Lukoff

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Movements for social change are often tied to a particular locale. This makes Augmented Reality (AR), which changes how people perceive their surroundings, a promising technology for social justice. Site-specific AR empowers activists to re-tell the story of a place, with or without permission of its owner. It has been used, for example, to reveal hidden histories, re-imagine problematic monuments, and celebrate minority cultures. However, challenges remain concerning technological ownership and accessibility, scalability, sustainability, and navigating collaborations with marginalized communities and across disciplinary boundaries. This half-day workshop at CHI 2024 seeks to bring together an interdisciplinary group of activists, computer scientists, designers, media scholars, and more to identify opportunities and challenges across domains. To anchor the discussion, participants will each share one example of an artifact used in speculating, designing, and/or delivering site-specific AR experiences. This collection of artifacts will inaugurate an interactive database that can inspire a new wave of activists to leverage AR for social justice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCHI 2024 - Extended Abstracts of the 2024 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Sytems
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
ISBN (Electronic)9798400703317
StatePublished - May 11 2024
Event2024 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Sytems, CHI EA 2024 - Hybrid, Honolulu, United States
Duration: May 11 2024May 16 2024

Publication series

NameConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings


Conference2024 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Sytems, CHI EA 2024
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityHybrid, Honolulu

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Software


  • augmented reality
  • design justice
  • social justice
  • spatial justice


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