Faith, Religion, Social Practices, and Technology
Rationality: What computing technologies are in conflict or confluence with religious practices? How can the recognition of religious rationality advance HCI agendas? [CHI 2022] [COMPASS 2021] [CSCW 2020] [IslamicHCI@CHI 2020] [CHI 2017] Politics: How the tensions between computing and religion are connected to various national and international politics and sustainability goals? [CHI 2022] [CSCW 2022] Mitigation: How can we apply computational techniques and design to explore and mitigate issues related to bias, misinformation, and intolerance? [CHI 2022 workshop on Religion, Faith, and Spirituality]
Religious public preaching (waz, as Islamic preaching is known in Bangladesh) attracts a wide array of people in Bangladesh, both online and offline. This project's goal is three-fold: 1) a methodological exploration for the correlation between popular speeches (as shown by view counts, ratings, etc.) and speech features (such as voice, linguistic features, emotional trajectory, religious sensitivity, narrative trajectory, etc.), 2) a qualitative exploration of social implications due to this pervasive phenomena online, and 3) the materiality of production, dissemination, and entrepreneurship of waz. [CHI 2022] [CSCW 2022]
Covid-19 and Misinformation
We analyze the generation and spread of misinformation on social media by some religious preachers, while at the same time explore technology and policy solutions to mitigate the spread of such misinformation. The particular goals also involve re-assessing existing definitions of fake news through which misinformation is categorized and analyzed in existing research. [Student Engagement Award - University of Toronto]
After-use phases of technology
Though repair, maintainability, and e-waste processing play an important role in re-using broken devices and creating employment in third-world countries, it rarely gets theoretical importance. Our several year-long ethnographic and design studies report the learning, collaboration, skills, craft, and safety of repairers, recyclers, and e-waste processors. [CHI 2019] [ICTD 2016] [ICTD 2015] [DIS 2014] [SOUPS 2014]
Garbage Problems and What We can Do About It?
The poor waste collection, disposal, and dumping, especially in developing regions, is creating health and environmental problems. We conduct an ethnography to understand the waste ecology in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and propose a novel technology solution to support collaboration between waste pickers and residents of these communities.
[ICTD 2016] [Pilot in Dhaka: Boithhok]
I am incredibly grateful to my academic and research mentors and collaborators. Working on different projects with them is a privilege for me to learn a lot.