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Location, Location, Security? Exploring Location-Based Smart Device Security Concerns and Mitigations within Low-Rent Homes

Benton, Laura, Vasalou, Asimina, Turner, Sarah (2023) Location, Location, Security? Exploring Location-Based Smart Device Security Concerns and Mitigations within Low-Rent Homes. In: DIS '23: Proceedings of the 2023 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference. . pp. 1060-1077. ACM ISBN 978-1-4503-9893-0. (doi:10.1145/3563657.3596077) (KAR id:102131)

Abstract

The increasing adoption of smart devices in the home introduce new security implications for tenants, with previous research showing the significance of where the devices are placed. This paper examines the relationship between device location and security: we ask how users’ security concerns shape where they place their smart devices and how they attempt to mitigate their concerns. The research focuses on an underrepresented group, those people living in social (low-rent) housing, motivated by the growing interest of housing providers to install smart devices within tenants’ homes. Using speculative design as a probe followed by interviews with eleven tenants, we find that security concerns are centred around ‘intimate places’, ‘social responsibility’ and ‘surveillance’ with users combining social practices and technical security features to mitigate these. Our research contributes new ethical implications for deploying and designing smart home devices addressed to social housing providers and smart device designers.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Proceeding)
DOI/Identification number: 10.1145/3563657.3596077
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science)
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences > School of Computing
Funders: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (https://ror.org/0439y7842)
SWORD Depositor: JISC Publications Router
Depositing User: JISC Publications Router
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2023 09:24 UTC
Last Modified: 04 Aug 2023 13:07 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/102131 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Benton, Laura: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7225-1779
Vasalou, Asimina: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3176-7672
Turner, Sarah: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1246-1528
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