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Mon, 11 Mar 2019 21:19:38 -0400
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Call for participation: CHI 2019 Course on Avoiding and Mitigating Ethical
Traps in Technocentric Fieldwork

In this course we will explain the key principles that guide research with
human participants, and how these apply to field studies of interactive
technologies. This is largely based on existing policies that have been
adopted nationally in some places or specific to certain disciplines or
professional associations. We will discuss the gaps that exist between
these guidelines and the challenges of conducting fieldwork of mobile
interactive technologies, particularly in sensitive or difficult
environments. These will be exemplified by cases studies of ours and our
colleagues' recent research. A discussion of examples brought forward by
the audience will also be facilitated.

This course aims to provide attendees with the theoretical background and
practical examples that can assist them in tackling the ethical
implications they may face when conducting field trials of mobile
technologies or lab-based experiments with vulnerable users. This will be
grounded in common principles transcending national or institutional
guidelines. The learning focus will be on core principles rather than on
the specific “letter of the law”, thus allowing attendees to better
contextualize the general ethical principles to the particular discipline
or country where they conduct their own research. Ultimately, this course
may serve as one of the many stepping stones to improving the dialogue
that (should) exist between researchers and relevant stakeholders that
will better prepare our community for the new ethical challenges we are
facing in HCI research.

The course  will be co-presented by Cosmin Munteanu, Roisin McNaney, and
Jenny Waycott, who collectively have significant experience conducting
theoretical and empirical research in the ethical aspects of HCI, have
served as ethics reviewers, are part of the SIGCHI Ethics Committee, and
are co-organizers of the Ethical Encounters in HCI workshop series.

For course details please go to:

To register please go to and add Course #17
"Avoiding and Mitigating Ethical Traps in Technocentric Fieldwork" course
to your registration.

Looking forward to seeing many of you in Glasgow!

Cosmin Munteanu, Roisin McNaney, and Jenny Waycott

Dr. Cosmin Munteanu
  Assistant Professor
    Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology,
University of Toronto Mississauga
    Technologies for Aging Gracefully Lab, University of Toronto Mississauga
  Assistant Professor
    Faculty of Information, University of Toronto
  Assistant Professor (Cross-appointed)
    Department of Computer Science, University of Toronto

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