Turbulence in the clouds: challenges of cloud-based information work

  • Voida A
  • Olson J
  • Olson G
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Abstract

We report on a qualitative study of the user experience of cloud-based information work. We characterize the information work practices and challenges that exist largely at the different intersections of three constructs - cloud-based services, collaborations, and digital identifiers. We also demonstrate how the misalignment of these three constructs is experienced as a "losing battle" that has led to miscommunication among collaborators, the abandonment of cloud-based services, and the irreparable blurring of digital identities.

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Authors

  • Amy Voida

  • Js Olson

  • Gm Olson

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