Working at the Boundaries of Human-Computer Interaction and Public Policy – Speculative Approaches within Research through Design as a Source of Gathering and Sharing Knowledge for Think Tanks

Human-Computer Interaction, Public Policy, Emerging Technology, Speculation, Future

In our current society, the already significant role technology takes in our lives appears to continue to grow. Therefore, the need for public policy on topics of (emerging) technologies is increasing in order to deal with the societal impact of technologies such as blockchain technologies, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, and internet of things.
Surprisingly, Human-Computer Interaction research (HCI) - which investigates how technology will change our lives - has had limited impact on the development of such public policy. The objective of this PhD is to contribute to the small community of researchers that explore how HCI research could better inform public policy.
More precisely, it investigates how the anticipatory, future envisioning and speculative aspects of the HCI research approach of Research-through-Design (RtD) might become part of the think tank field to inform the development of public policy on topics of (emerging) technologies.