House rules: the collaborative nature of policy in domestic networks
Crabtree, Andy and Rodden, Tom and Tolmie, Peter and Mortier, Richard and Lodge, Tom and Brundell, Patrick and Pantidi, Nadia (2015) House rules: the collaborative nature of policy in domestic networks. Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, 19 (1). pp. 203-215. ISSN 1617-4917
We draw on ethnographic studies to understand the collaborative nature of network policies or rules in domestic settings. We outline the technical nature of network policy in enterprise domains and how this contrasts with the social or collaborative nature of rules in everyday life. We then consider the deployment of network control and policy system interfaces in domestic settings, highlighting the ways in which household members collaboratively exploited these to support network governance. Our results suggest that an important feature of network policy in domestic contexts is that rules about network activity are shaped by and answerable to the moral reasoning that governs domestic life. This reframes our understanding of how rules are oriented to and used in the home and has significant implications for the design of home network policy systems.
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