Introduction to the Special Issue on HCI in a Sharing Society

Torkil Clemmensen, Dorina Rajanen, Mikko Rajanen, José Abdelnour-Nocera

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In this editorial, we introduce a special issue in AIS Transactions on Human-Computer Interaction (THCI) on humancomputer interaction in the sharing society. We introduce the history, motivation, and key concepts behind the issue and briefly overview the four papers in the issue. We argue that a traditional “narrow” view of HCI fails to provide sufficient designs in the emerging sharing society contexts for several reasons. We briefly introduce key concepts for the sharing society, sharing economy, and collaborative economy. Subsequently, we introduce HCI in a sharing society as a call for new socio-technical HCI design approaches and new HCI tools and designs for a sharing and sustainable society. We also introduce four interesting socio-technical HCI papers in this issue. We conclude by restating the importance of HCI concepts together with the need that HCI researchers and practitioners adopt and advance a broader perspective of their work and designs to include societal, environmental, and professional concerns.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1
JournalAIS Transactions on Human-Computer Interaction
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)107–116
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • HCI
  • Sharing society
  • Sharing economy
  • Collaborative economy
  • Socio-technical HCI
  • Sustainable design

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