chapter  11
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- Network-Based Interaction

In some ways, this chapter could be seen as redundant in a human-computer interaction (HCI) book-surely networks are just an implementation mechanism, a detail below the surface, and all that matters are the interfaces that are built on them. However, networked interfaces, especially the web, but increasingly also mobile devices, have changed the way we view the world and the way we view the society. Even those bastions of conservatism, the žnancial institutions have found themselves in sea-change and a complete restructuring of the fundamentals of businesses … just an implementation detail! Indeed networks have become so ubiquitous, so enmeshed in our day-to-day lives that it is becoming hard to distinguish to envisage interaction that is not network-based.