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Call for Papers - DIST Workshop at CSCW 2012, February 11, 2012, Seattle, WA

The First Workshop on Design, Influence, and Social Technologies will be held as part of CSCW 2012.

Social technologies hold the potential to change the lives of individuals and alter the dynamics of whole societies. Designers and administrators of social technology thus hold great power, and so have a responsibility to understand these consequences and use this understanding to make informed and ethical desgin choices.

The goal of this workshop is to begin developing bridges between the techniques, impacts, and ethics of influence in social technology. We are seeking papers that address one or more of the following areas:

Tools & Techniques – How might tools and techniques be deployed to influence the spread of particular behaviors, information, or beliefs within social technology platforms? Contributions might cover existing or envisioned techniques, including (but not limited to): selective information targeting, the setting of defaults, filtering mechanisms, recommendation algorithms, saliency of features, motivational messaging, and attempts to reconfigure social networks.

Impacts & Analysis – What are the potential impacts of these techniques, both at the individual level and also within the broader ecology of multiple sociotechnical systems and at time scales that might reveal extended system dynamics? We welcome new methods of study that can be used to measure the influence of design elements across multiple levels of sociotechnical systems.

Ethics & Power - If a technology is designed to alter the behavior of its users, how and why are values and strategic choices manifested in system design, and how are such decisions made? How can we conceptualize control and persuasion when they are embedded in sociotechnical systems? Can we articulate ethical guidelines regarding if, when, and how social technologies should manipulate users toward some beneficial end? Suggested topics include but are not limited to: the roles of transparency, openness, accountability, and choice in system design; what it might mean for a technology to be “pro-social”; what participatory or user-centered design might look like in this context.

We invite submissions related to the theme in the following categories:

- Short (1-4 pages) position papers.
- Long (8-10 pages) papers.  

All papers should use the HCI Archive Format, though it is not necessary to use the ACM Classification System. Please upload PDF format submissions to Easy Chair by midnight, November 25, 2011.

Submissions will be reviewed by the co-organizers, and selected on the basis of quality and in order to maximize the diversity of topics. Submission is required for participation, and at least one author of each accepted paper must register for the workshop. Authors of long papers will be given time to present their material.

More information can be found at the DIST Workshop Web site, or please contact [log in to unmask] with additional questions.


Josh Introne – Center for Collective Intelligence, MIT
Karen Levy – Department of Sociology, Princeton University
Sean Munson – School of Information, University of Michigan
Sean Goggins – The iSchool, Drexel University
Rick Wash – Telecommunications, Information Studies, and Media, Michigan Univerisity
Cecilia Aragon – Human Centered Design & Engineering, University of Washington
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