Technology and the Homeless

Technology is all around us, and while we consider new and novel uses for mobile and ubiquitous computing it is also important to consider how these kinds of technologies affect members of our society who do not have access to them. The aim of this work is to understand how technological innovations might be deployed to the urban homeless and to the institutions that support them.


  1. C. A. Le Dantec, R. G. Farrell, J. E. Christensen, M. Bailey, J. B. Ellis, W. A. Kellogg, and W. K. Edwards. “Publics in Practice: Ubiquitous Computing at a Shelter for Homeless Mothers.” To appear in CHI 2011.

  2. C. A. Le Dantec. “What Technology Says.” Ambidextrous, Spring 2010.

  3. C. A. Le Dantec, J. E. Christensen, M. Bailey, R. G. Farrell, J. B. Ellis, C. M. Danis, W. A. Kellogg, and W. K. Edwards. “A tale of two publics: Democratizing design at the margins.” In DIS ’10: Proceedings of the conference on Designing interactive systems, pages 11–20, New York, NY, USA, 2010. ACM.

  4. C. A. Le Dantec and W. K. Edwards. “Across Boundaries of Influence and Accountability: The Multiple Scales of Public Sector Information Systems.” In CHI’10: Proceeding of the twenty-eighth annual SIGCHI conference on Human factors in computing systems. April 10–15 2010. (Nominated for best paper)

  5. C. A. Le Dantec. “Legitimacy at the Outskirts: Categories, Use, and Adoption in Marginal Communities.” In UbiComp ’09: Globicomp workshop, Orlando, FL, September 29–October 3 2009. ACM Press.

  6. Christopher A. Le Dantec, “Feature: Life at the Margins: Assessing the Role of Technology for the Urban Homeless.interactions, 15(5):24–27, 2008.

  7. Christopher A. Le Dantec and W. Keith Edwards. “The View From the Trenches: Organization, Power, and Technology at Two Nonprofit Homeless Outreach Centers.” In ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW08). San Diego, CA. November 8–12, 2008.

  8. Christopher A. Le Dantec and W. Keith Edwards. “Designs on Dignity: Perceptions of Technology Among the Homeless” In, Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2008).Florence, Italy. April 5–10, 2008. (Awarded best paper)