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research i like to do
The role of technology in human-dog relationships
IEEE Transactions on Technology and Society, 4(1), 2022
We did a big, long, detailed study disentangling the where-what-why of technology within 'modern' human-dog relationships (and I use modern as a pejorative)... here's the catch: we didn't do it as technologists. We did it as people more interested in the human-animal relationship itself. tl;dr: the role of tech in that relationship could be great, but it's going the wrong way. Check out the full paper here!
Interspecies information systems
Requirements Engineering, 26, pp. 535-556, 2021
I think it's pointless trying to talk just of 'technology' as some decontextualized artifact, so I wrote a bunch on how we should really consider the 'interspecies' information systems that naturally emerge when we use tech4animals. Check out the full paper here!
Buddy's wearable is not your buddy: privacy implications of pet wearables
IEEE Security & Privacy, 17(3), pp. 28-39, 2019
Did you know there's really cool things out there called "pet wearables" to help us give better care to our non-human companions? And that they're an absolute privacy nightmare? Now you do! There, saved you the hassle of reading an entire paper. Still want to? Check out the full paper here!