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Sun, 12 Sep 2010 09:41:17 -0400
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The deadline for the GROUP workshop Technology and Life in the Fast Lane 
has been extended to September 17, 2010. See the CFP below.


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

Submission deadline: September 17, 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 
- 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, 
homelife, and leisure?
- How is busyness culture embedded in the design of information 
- 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 
networkingsites (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 
lifeand 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 
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September 17, 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 and Communication, Cornell University
Phoebe Sengers, Information Science and Science & Technology Studies, 
Cornell University
Carman Neustaedter, School of Interactive Arts + Technology, Simon 

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