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Workshop: Social Internet of Things - the Challenges Beyond the Utopia
http://designparticipation.net/2016/08/07/siot-workshop.html

Call for Contributions

The Internet of Things promise is to endow all sorts of objects with sensing, computing and communication capabilities that augment their functionalities. The opportunities opened are exciting, in domains as diverse as entertainment, health, transports, the workplace.
A great effort is being put in addressing the technical problems connected with deploying and handling this infrastructure, while the human side of the IoT is receiving relatively less attention. Users are often relegated at the periphery of an otherwise autonomous network of 'smart' objects.

A complementary and more human centric vision places sensors at the fingertips of their users, rather than pointing at them, therefore allowing, ideally, for greater agency at the human side of the interface, yet such vision builds on rather utopian scenarios. Crucially, critical issues of privacy, security, maintenance, sustainability, training, are not receiving the due attention.

This workshop will continue the conversation started at OzCHI 2014 with the workshop Social Internet of Things, in which we explored questions such as: why are internet enabled objects struggling to emerge as consumer devices? What can we learn from success (and failure) stories? Who are smart objects for, what goals they serve and what skills are required to build, use and maintain them?
To move one step further, we seek critical and original positions about the current research on smart objects and internet of things, particularly when directed at children, older adults, or vulnerable users. To animate the discussion we invite participants to envision dystopian scenarios or to present informed accounts of technology gone wild.
Call for Contributions

Contributions can take any form, e.g. a paper, a video, a dysfunctional prototype, as long as they are suitable for presentation or demonstration. Our goal is to shed some light on the dark side of smart interconnected technologies, overcoming the rhetoric of monitoring users for their own good, but also the utopian vision of engaging user with idealized technologies that never fail and never let down.

Authors of accepted contributions will be further invited to evolve their work into a research paper towards inclusion into a HERDC fulfilling publication (i.e. peer reviewed, with ISBN/ISSN).

Important Dates

15 August 2016 - Website and call for contributions advertised, initial program committee
26 August 2016 - deadline for proposal submissions
23 September 2016 - notification of acceptance
15 November 2016 - Final contribution due for inclusion in online/USB proceedings
Workshop Organizers
Alessandro Soro - Queensland University of Technology
Margot Brereton - Queensland University of Technology
Paul Roe - Queensland University of Technology
Peta Wyeth - Queensland University of Technology
Daniel Johnson - Queensland University of Technology
Aloha Hufana Ambe - Queensland University of Technology

Contact us

For all enquiries and to submit a contribution mailto:[log in to unmask]

Dr Alessandro Soro | Postdoctoral research fellow, Computer Human Interaction
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science School
Science and Engineering Faculty | Queensland University of Technology
S Block, Level 10, Room 1002, Gardens Point Campus
E: [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]> | M: +61 0477 866 160 | M(Telstra) +61 0467 478 956
CRICOS No. 00213J



Dr Alessandro Soro | Postdoctoral research fellow, Computer Human Interaction
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science School
Science and Engineering Faculty | Queensland University of Technology
S Block, Level 10, Room 1002, Gardens Point Campus
E: [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]> | M: +61 0477 866 160 | M(Telstra) +61 0467 478 956
CRICOS No. 00213J


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