Call for Participation


Recent 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 virtual workshop aims to convene CSCW researchers working in a wide range of domains including: values in design, design research, social justice, work studies, machine learning, and others to propose and consider new interventions and approaches to ethics in technology design that go beyond formal checklist- and compliance-oriented approaches. 

To apply, please send a position paper (up to 4 pages, not including references) to cscw.ethicsindesign@gmail.com before Sept. 20, 2020 (papers submitted before Aug. 31, 2020 will be given earlier consideration). Position papers should be the ACM Extended Abstract format (Word / LaTeX). Position papers may take the form of:

  • Practice-based or methods pieces that explore approaches to addressing ethics in design;
  • Proposed activities or toolkits;
  • Ideas for interventions, games, role-playing, theater, or art focused on technology ethics;
  • Original or proposed research related to ethics in design, or ethics in organizational and work practice;
  • Pictorials, design fictions, or other creative pieces that deal with ethics in design;
  • Additional formats, including essays that review historical approaches to ethics in design, theory-building pieces, etc. Please feel free to email organizers with questions or ideas. 

The workshop will take place as part of the ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW), occurring virtually in October 2020. The workshop will take place using Zoom or a similar remote video conference platform. At least one author of each accepted position paper will be required to register for the workshop. More information about this workshop can be found at: http://EthicsInDesignWorkshop.wordpress.com. Please email any questions to: cscw.ethicsindesign@gmail.com

Key Dates

  • August 31, 2020: Initial deadline for position papers (submissions will be accepted until September 20, 2020 on a rolling basis)
  • September 20, 2020: Notification of acceptance to participants
  • October 3, 2020: Camera-ready position papers due
  • October 17 or 18, 2020: Workshop held virtually (TBD based on workshop date assignments from the CSCW conference)

More Details

For more details, including a tentative schedule, please view our workshop proposal (.pdf).

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