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The earlier content of this paper present a conceptual understanding of awareness. A historical account as well as descriptions of various implementations illustrate how various systems have attempted to foster greater awareness. A common challenge faced by all awareness systems is the tension with an individual's desire for privacy. Interaction between awareness and privacy is not limited to awareness systems but is a characteristic of everyday life. As Schwartz  notes, "People are led to relinquish the private information and activities by the expediencies and reciprocities routinely called for in daily life.
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