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Fearsquare: hacking open crime data to critique, jam and subvert the 'aesthetic of danger'

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  • Andrew Garbett
  • Jamie Wardman
  • Ben Kirman
  • Conor Linehan
  • Shaun Lawson


Publication details

Title of host publicationCHI 2015
DatePublished - 1 Dec 2014
Number of pages8
Original languageEnglish


We present a critical evaluation of a locative media application, Fearsquare, which provocatively invites users to engage with personally contextualized risk information drawn from the UK open data crime maps cross-referenced with geo-located user check-ins on Foursquare. Our analysis of user data and a corpus of Fearsquare discourse on Twitter revealed three cogent appraisals ('Affect', 'Technical' and 'Critical') reflecting the salient associations and aesthetics that were made between different components of the application and interwoven issues of technology, risk, danger, emotion by users. We discuss how the varying strength and cogency of these public responses to Fearsquare call for a broader imagining and analysis of how risk and danger are interpreted; and conclude how our findings reveal important challenges for researchers and designers wishing to engage in projects that involve the computer-mediated communication of risk.

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