Workshop NameWebsiteAbstractScheduleOpen for Everyone
Toward Equitable Participatory Design: Data Feminism for CSCW amidst Multiple PandemicsLinkCSCW, like all communities amidst 2020's multiple pandemics of COVID-19, anti-Black racism, a global economic crisis, is reckoning with its roles, responsibilities, and practices. Reviewing our work with communities and with data demands we address harms from overexposure via surveillance and data and algorithmic bias and from underexposure when our design and data work is not participatory and equitable from its inception. This workshop will elicit narratives of good and bad design and data work with communities, apply the lenses of equitable participatory design and data feminism to current CSCW projects and our global context, and develop practical outputs for supporting academics and practitioners in pursuit of democratic and just partnerships in this moment and the future.October 18th, from 12pm - 4pm EST, with 30 minute break for foodYes for everyone who applied to our form
The Future of Social ARLinkAs augmented reality (AR) technologies become more pervasive, there is a growing interest in Social AR systems designed to support face to face interactions with collocated others. Prior research on AR often focuses on the technical aspects of the technology. However, at this early juncture, it is crucial to reflect and discuss the ethical, political, societal, and privacy implications of Social AR. This workshop aims to bring together industry practitioners and academic researchers to discuss the opportunities and challenges of social AR: from platforms to content creation, to self-representation. We aim to use a design fiction approach where workshop participants create speculative scenarios that interrogate the values imbued into Social AR. Based on these discussions, we will put together a set of initial recommendations for designers of Social AR technologies.No. However - is there is room we will consider opening this up further.
Decolonizing Learning Spaces for Sociotechnical Research and DesignLinkAs spaces for learning about Computer-Supported Collaborative Work (CSCW) research and practice (e.g., university classes, academic and industry labs, conferences) become more diverse, there is a pressing need to revise the universal collaborative and pedagogical structures supporting them. Specifically, it has become urgent to explore how to `de-center' dominant assumptions about who learns in these environments. The goal of this workshop is to explore collectively how to craft learning spaces that resist universality by recognizing and valuing other perspectives and realities. We build on the scholarship of decolonial thinkers, which provides useful theoretical scaffolding on how to start working towards inclusivity and 'pluriversality'. That is, learning spaces where all views can co-exist as equally valid, albeit contradicting. Our workshop will be led by researchers and designers who have both guided and participated in academic and industry-based CSCW learning spaces across domains like Social Computing, Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICTD), Critical Data Studies, and Participatory Design (PD). We invite a broad range of participants from research and practice interested in learning about or deepening their understanding of how to make of CSCW a more `pluriversal' site for learning and practicing.October 17 and 18, from 9am to 1pm ESTYes
TRIALS AND TWITTERATIONSLinkFrom tweeting, to blogging, to engagement with the media, scholars in CSCW engage in a variety of forms of public scholarship. Public scholarship can result in positive outcomes, such as community engagement, accessible research, and self-promotion. Further, public scholarship can support ethical research as a way to (1) reconnect with participants after data collection; and (2) increase the societal benefit of the research. However, despite these benefits there are also challenges and risks associated with engaging in public scholarship, particularly for early career researchers and those who are marginalized. This workshop will bring together those who already engage or are interested in this practice to discuss how to integrate public scholarship in our work, identify best practices for this type of work in the context of CSCW, including the ethical implications of outreach, and develop strategies to effectively support those most affected by the potential risks.October 18th. Times tbdNo: Only the authors may register. (we have asked interested participants to complete a form rather than write a position paper)
From Needs to Strengths: Operationalizing an Assets-Based Design of TechnologyLinkGuided by a human-centered design focus on users' needs, Computer-Supported Collaborative Work (CSCW) research and practice have increasingly explored how to address the multiple inequities affecting historically marginalized groups. A growing body of CSCW and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) research, building upon education and community development literature, argues that centering on needs dismisses marginalized users' capacity for driving change. Needs-based views often lead to designs for the ``here and now,'' further marginalizing populations and perpetuating stereotypes. In contrast, an assets-based approach that puts users' knowledge, strengths, and capacities---assets---at the core of design can better promote sustained impact. Translating assets into meaningful designs that interact with intersecting systems of oppression, however, raises critical questions: What are assets? Whose assets are privileged? What ethical considerations surface when facilitating assets-based reflections? How can an assets-based design tackle systems-level problems? In this workshop, we will bring together researchers and industry actors to explore the implications of assets-based perspectives across domains, including Education, Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD), and Participatory Design (PD). Specifically, we will work to develop guidelines and methodologies for CSCW researchers and designers to identify when and how to pursue an assets-based approach, navigating issues of power to translate assets into design effectively.Sunday Oct. 18 from 9:30am to 1:30pm EST (we are still discussing this schedule though)Yes
Collective Organizing and Social Responsibility at CSCWLinkThe CSCW community has long discussed the ethics and politics of sociotechnical systems and how they become embedded in society and public policy. In light of the Black Lives Matter protests and Hong Kong protests, technologies such as facial recognition and contact tracing have re-invigorated conversations about the ethical and social responsibility of tech corporations,tech workers, and academics in science and technology. The goal of this workshop is to move beyond a call for the usual suspects of participatory design and human-centered design by committing to concrete steps to transform society through advocacy and activism.Saturday (Oct 17) from 10:00 EST to 5:00 PM EST (We are still discussing this and might break it down into two smaller sessions on 17th and 18th)Yes
Beyond Checklist Approaches to Ethics in DesignLinkRecent public discussions about technologies and social values have called for greater consideration of ethics during technology development and deployment, leading many organizations to create and promote compliance- or checklist-oriented toolkits and frameworks to address values and ethical issues. However, surfacing discussion and consideration of ethics in broader, more open-ended ways during the design process may help surface unique needs, social corner cases, or new or different understandings of values and ethics. This one-day workshop will convene CSCW researchers and practitioners to propose and consider new interventions and approaches to ethics in design that go beyond formal checklist- and compliance-oriented approaches. CSCW’s rich set of methods when investigating values and ethics provides a starting point for developing new approaches and interventions. These may potentially include design activities, games and roleplaying, critical making, changes to work practice and organizational structure, or conducting empirical research. Our goal is to explore multiple and alternative forms of values and ethics interventions, rather than coming to a particular “best” approach. This workshop aims to map out a space of interventions for values and ethics, propose new approaches and interventions, and craft an agenda for experimenting with and evaluating new interventions.About 3 hrs on Saturday (Oct 17) and 2 hrs on Sunday (Oct 18), approximately midday PST, afternoon EST. Saturday we plan to try out a range of interactive activities (created by the organizers and by participants) in groups; Sunday we plan to have more group discussion, brainstorming, and reflection. (We are still figuring out exact times). We are also open to partial participation if participants are not able to attend all hours on both days.Yes (although time will be set aside to specifically discuss, interact with, or allow short presentations of position paper materials across the 2 days)
MOVE 2020LinkThe interest in sharing the Data-Information-Knowledge-Wisdom (DIKW) continuum has been amplified by the latest multi-scale social changes including but not limited to pandemics, economic crises, climate change, and racial issues. This workshop aims to inspire research and discussion on measuring sharing of the DIKW continuum, including through computer-mediated methods, represented by its ontologies. The implied suggestion is that there are ways to improve human adaptation by social technologies that enable rapidly finding solutions for complex global situations. We therefore invite research on: Ontologies as a medium that enables comparing and measuring the DIKW continuum. Ontologies and their convergence or divergence with the values that motivate and determine DIKW sharing. Properties and dynamics of ontologies shared via social technologies in their relation to human adaptation."Saturday (Oct. 17) from 9:30am EST to 4:30pm EST. Sunday (Oct. 18) from 9:30am EST to 4:30pm EST. We will need some flexibility here, because we would like to have an interactive workshop; that is, we will encourage discussions. "No: Only the authors may register. However, the authors may invite people, who will have to register (thus, by by invitation only).
CUI@CSCW: Collaborating through Conversational User InterfacesLinkThe virtual CUI@CSCW workshop will bring together the burgeoning communities centred on the design, development, application, and study of Conversational User Interfaces (CUIs). We will examine the challenges involved in transforming CUIs into everyday computing devices capable of supporting collaborative activities across space and time. Additionally, we intend to establish a cohesive CUI community and research agenda within CSCW and examine the roles in which CSCW research can contribute insights into understanding how CUIs are or can be used in various settings. By bringing together existing researchers and new ideas in this space, we intend to foster a strong community and enable potential future collaborations. We invite researchers from academia and practitioners from industry to submit position papers. The submission should describe the authors’ work related to the workshop challenges, or any other key topic that authors feel should be addressed by the community. More details are on our website. We will prioritise papers that respond to pressing social topics, including remote working, isolation, and healthcare. We are ambitious for papers to be diverse in terms of topic, discipline, and approach, and workshop participation to be open and accessible to all people. 17th Oct; 1/2 day — approx. 4 hours (TBC, depends on participants)Yes
Civic Technologies: Research, Practice, and Open ChallengesLinkOver the last years, civic technology projects have emerged around the world to advance open government and community action. Although Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) communities have shown a growing interest in researching issues around civic technologies, yet most research still focuses on projects from the Global North. The goal of this workshop is, therefore, to advance CSCW research by raising awareness for the ongoing challenges and open questions around civic technology by bridging the gap between researchers and practitioners from different regions. The workshop will be organized around three central topics: (1) discuss how the local context and infrastructure affect the design, implementation, adoption, and maintenance of civic technology; (2) identify key elements of the configuration of trust among government, citizenry, and local organizations and how these elements change depending on the sociopolitical context where community engagement takes place; (3) discover what methods and strategies are best suited for conducting research on civic technologies in different contexts. These core topics will be covered across sessions that will initiate in-depth discussions and, thereby, stimulate collaboration between the CSCW research community and practitioners of civic technologies from both Global North and South.October 17, time to be defined according to the timezones of participantsNo
Interrogating Data ScienceLinkData science provides powerful tools and methods. Recent research has shown that human skills and collaborative decision-making, play important roles in defining data, acquiring data, curating data, designing data, and creating data. This workshop gathers researchers and practitioners together to take a collective and critical look at data science work-practices, and at how those work-practices make crucial and often invisible impacts on the formal work of data science. When we understand the human and social contributions to data science pipelines, we can constructively redesign both work and technologies for new insights, theories, and challenges. We invite submissions that describe ways in which humans (as individuals or groups) intervene or shape datasets, models, pipelines, and other aspects of data science work. Critical perspectives are also welcome.
Reconsidering Scale and Scaling in CSCW ResearchLinkThis one-day workshop invites discussion on the various socio-technical processes and dynamics that characterize scale and scaling in local, community-sited initiatives. Seeking to move beyond a view of scale as mere growth in numbers and a matter of technology- mediated replication, the workshop aims at developing a nuanced vocabulary to talk about various forms of scale and practices of scaling in CSCW research. It will bring together interdisciplinary scholars, activists, practitioners and representatives of the public sector who wish to question and further develop the notion of scale generally associated with processes of upscaling. The workshop provides a forum to discuss: i) concepts, theories and empirical cases that broaden our view of what constitutes scale; and ii) the implications for CSCW research in assessing the long-term impact and sustenance of socio-technical innovations. The workshop will accommodate up to twenty participants and will be run virtually.October 17 and 18. Approximately 3 hours each dayOpen to everyone paying registration, but priority willl be given to people with position papers. Max participant: 20