The 2015 British Human Computer Interaction Conference was held in Lincoln from 13th-17th July and was organised by the University of Lincoln’s Social Computing (LiSC) research centre in partnership with Open Lab at Newcastle University. The conference attracted in excess of 250 people from 20 different counties from around the globe, and culminated in a live video-linked discussion between attendees and Julian Assange which was chaired by Chris Csikszentmihalyi.
As well as providing a forum for disseminating the latest research in HCI, the conference commemorated the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta. The theme for the conference was therefore chosen as the digital society, and the role interactive technology plays in mediating our civic lives. This reflects the increasing public consciousness of how interactive technologies fundamentally affect our privacy, rights, and relationships with authority, government and commerce.
All of our amazing keynote speakers: Chris Csikszentmihalyi, Katrín Jakobsdóttir, Cristina Leston-Bandeira and Julian Assange, our chairs, panels, hackers, artists and authors provided clear and compelling insight into how this event is more relevant than ever in an age where interactive digital technology constantly shapes our lives and our relationships with each other, as well as those in authority. The technical program proceedings are available now in the ACM DL.
General Chairs: Shaun Lawson and Patrick Dickinson (University of Lincoln)