In- and Exclusion in Online Meetings

Sybille Reidl (Vortragende:r), Julia Greithanner, Sarah Beranek (Vortragende:r), Helene Schiffbänker, Anke Schneider, David Sellitsch, Georg Regal, Monika Meirer, Jenny Schlager, Flavia Anzengruber-Tanase, Robert Hartmann

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The climate crisis and COVID-19 restrictions have boosted online meetings. To promote sustainability, it is crucial to continue using this form of communication post-pandemic, reducing traffic and pollution. However, online meeting technologies must ensure inclusion and belonging. Virtual communication offers advantages, facilitating participation for people with limited mobility and encouraging shy individuals to engage. Yet, it can also worsen inequalities: women may be overlooked, collectivized cultures may communicate less openly, and language barriers may increase for non-native speakers. Age and education level also affect technology receptiveness. In the FEMtech project FairCom, we examined inclusion and exclusion in online meetings and sought to enhance their inclusivity through a user-centered approach. We selected diverse teams from work, education, and leisure contexts and observed their meetings. Through questionnaires and interviews with facilitators and team members, we explored usage patterns, exclusion mechanisms, challenges, and improvement wishes. Our findings on user needs and exclusion mechanisms confirm inequalities in online meetings. Women, TIN and younger participants find it difficult to engage in online meetings. Accordingly, speaking times are very unevenly distributed, with men and older people taking up significantly more space. This is reinforced by the moderation. Using a Laptop or PC instead of a mobile phone and activate the camera can support participation, but hardware equipment depends on economic resources. The results of the needs assessment were brought into co-creation workshops by means of personas and user-scenarios, which developed ideas for solutions on fair speaking time, non-verbal feedback to the moderator and visibility of diversity
TitelConference Proceedings of the STS Conference Graz 2023
UntertitelCritical Issues in Science, Technology and Society Studies; 8 – 10 May 2023
ISBN (elektronisch)978-3-85125-976-6
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - Dez. 2023
Veranstaltung21st STS Conference Graz 2023: Critical Issues in Science, Technology and Society Studies - Graz, Österreich
Dauer: 8 Mai 202310 Mai 2023
Konferenznummer: 21


Konferenz21st STS Conference Graz 2023
KurztitelSTS 2023

Research Field

  • Experience Business Transformation


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