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Technology and Life in the Fast Lane
Workshop at GROUP 2010, Sanibel Island, FL
Sunday, November 7, 2010

Submission deadline: September 10, 2010

- Swamped with tasks piling up on your desk, on to-do lists scribbled on your office whiteboard, and in multiple tabs and applications open on your computer?
- Working on projects intermittently between meetings lined up in your calendars?
- Expecting a weekend full with leisure activities, perhaps some home chores, and spending time with friends and family?

If you answered YES to these questions, then you are living life in the fast lane!

This workshop examines the role of technology as it attempts to support the “speeding up” of life and an increasing sense of rush and overload. From email, through cell phones, instant messaging, online calendars, and the social web, more and more technologies are affecting our experiences of time and busyness. On the one hand, technologies, designed to free us from hard labor and save us time, may facilitate fragmentation and micro-coordination of work, make accessible an overabundance of information, products and services among which we feel obligated to choose properly, and increase our availability to anyone, anytime and anywhere. On the other hand, technology can also be designed purposely against a cultural mainstream of efficiency and productivity, encouraging slowing down and reflection (for example, But to what extent are such technologies relevant to task-centric workplaces or busy homes with multiple family members coordinating their activities?

In the workshop, we will reflect on and engage in discussions around the following questions:
- How do cultural perceptions of time shape our experiences of work, home life, and leisure?
- How is busyness culture embedded in the design of information technologies?
- What roles do information technologies play in shaping various perceptions of time and practices of busyness?
- How might the design of information technologies take into consideration other perceptions of time and support practices other than busyness, efficiency, and productivity?

We invite researchers, designers, and practitioners interested in addressing issues related to the relationship between technology and the intensification and acceleration of life in the workplace, at home, and elsewhere. These issues could be undertaken from a theoretical perspective, through qualitative or quantitative empirical approaches, or through the design of technologies that take these issues into consideration through participatory design, value-sensitive design, critical design, or other methodological approaches.

Ideas for sample topics include but are not limited to:
- Interruption management and the increasing demand on cognitive resources
- Awareness technologies and the need to stay connected
- Information overload in social media (e.g., Twitter), social networking sites (e.g., Facebook), and other web and Internet technologies
- Issues of anytime, anywhere access with mobile technologies
- Technologies for time management, activity and task management, and personal information management
- Technologies in domestic environments and the acceleration of home life and leisure
- Designing for slowness, reflection, and pause

To participate, please submit a position paper that addresses the following questions:
1. What work have you done in this area? How is it related to the theme of this workshop? (1-2 pages)
2. Identify one or two key issues, challenges, or opportunities you are interested in discussing in this workshop. Why are they important? How do you envision making progress in addressing them? (1-2 pages)
3. What one piece of research or writing is most inspirational to you in thinking about the issues of this workshop? Why? (1-2 paragraphs)

Submissions should be 2-4 pages, using the ACM paper format. 
Please send your submission or questions about the workshop to [log in to unmask]

September 10, 2010: Deadline for position papers
October 7, 2010: Notification of acceptance
November 7, 2010: Workshop
November 7-10, 2010: GROUP 2010 Conference

Gilly Leshed, Information Science, Cornell University
Phoebe Sengers, Information Science and Science & Technology Studies, Cornell University
Carman Neustaedter, School of Interactive Arts + Technology, Simon Fraser University

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