Community building with co-located social media: A field experiment with syrian refugees

Ying Xu, Adrian Holzer, Carleen Maitland, Denis Gillet

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Abstract

While co-located social media previously has been employed to enhance interaction in community building activities in previous work, its range of e.ects have not been quantitatively described. In this study, we introduce a co-located social media app called Speak Up to a community building project in the Za'atari Syrian refugee camp in Jordan. To overcome issues such as the lack of Internet access, we purposefully adapted the design of the application and ported its server to a low cost single board computer on a Raspberry Pi. We explore the effects of Speak Up through field experiments with one control and two treatment groups, as well as with interviews and observations. Our results show that Speak Up significantly increases refugees' level of participation and sense of community. Importantly, with the use of the application, female and male participants demonstrate no significant differences in participation, showing that the use of such applications can be equalizing. We also found that co-located social media supports asynchronous interaction when outside-The-classroom activities are involved.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 9th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development, ICTD 2017
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
ISBN (Electronic)9781450352772
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 16 2017
Event9th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development, ICTD 2017 - Lahore, Pakistan
Duration: Nov 16 2017Nov 19 2017

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series
VolumePart F132087

Other

Other9th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development, ICTD 2017
CountryPakistan
CityLahore
Period11/16/1711/19/17

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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Xu, Y., Holzer, A., Maitland, C., & Gillet, D. (2017). Community building with co-located social media: A field experiment with syrian refugees. In Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development, ICTD 2017 [3136580] (ACM International Conference Proceeding Series; Vol. Part F132087). Association for Computing Machinery. https://doi.org/10.1145/3136560.3136580