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This chapter introduces the concept of critical user participation as a means to see the socio-technical gap in context aware applications as an opportunity rather then a problem space. It argues that for context aware applications to get integrated in everyday life, the principles of critical user participation as defined in this chapter must be fulfilled. In the first part of the chapter the authors scrutinize the concepts of ‘context’ and ‘participation’ and argue why critical user participation principles should be fulfilled when developing and interacting with context aware applications. The second part consists of an empirical study on the existing vision and context aware applications of the ‘homes of the future’ in Belgium and the Netherlands. In the conclusions a reflection is made upon the opportunities of the socio-technical gap to empower the users of context aware applications.
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ambient intelligence, STS, empowerment, participation, context, future living, critical user participation

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Claeys, Laurence, and Johan Criel. 2009. “Future Living in a Participatory Way.” In Handbook of Research on Socio-Technical Design and Social Networking Systems, ed. Brian Whitworth and Aldo de Moor, 779–793. Hershey: IGI Global.
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Claeys, Laurence, & Criel, J. (2009). Future Living in a Participatory Way. In B. Whitworth & A. de Moor (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Socio-Technical Design and Social Networking Systems (pp. 779–793). Hershey: IGI Global.
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Claeys L, Criel J. Future Living in a Participatory Way. In: Whitworth B, de Moor A, editors. Handbook of Research on Socio-Technical Design and Social Networking Systems. Hershey: IGI Global; 2009. p. 779–93.
MLA
Claeys, Laurence, and Johan Criel. “Future Living in a Participatory Way.” Handbook of Research on Socio-Technical Design and Social Networking Systems. Ed. Brian Whitworth & Aldo de Moor. Hershey: IGI Global, 2009. 779–793. Print.
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  author       = {Claeys, Laurence and Criel, Johan},
  booktitle    = {Handbook of Research on Socio-Technical Design and Social Networking Systems},
  editor       = {Whitworth, Brian and de Moor, Aldo},
  isbn         = {978-1-60566-264-0},
  keywords     = {ambient intelligence,STS,empowerment,participation,context,future living,critical user participation},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {779--793},
  publisher    = {IGI Global},
  title        = {Future Living in a Participatory Way},
  year         = {2009},
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