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Studying Technical Mechanisms for Supporting Sharing Communities
Workshop at ECSCW 2021, June 7th, 2021, Zurich, Switzerland

(Due to the circumstances related to COVID-19, the workshop will follow an online format that allows remote participation)

Submit position paper: 9 April, 2021.
Notification: 30 April, 2021.
Pre-workshop preparation package by 31 May, 2021.
Workshop at ECSCW (online format): 7 June, 2021.

Technology is a key component in the emergence of the commercial sharing economy and community-oriented collaborative economy initiatives. Housing cooperatives, community gardens, food coops, tool libraries, skill swapping arrangements and other citizen initiatives use digital technologies for collaboration, communication and coordination purposes, and are included under the same umbrella of the collaborative economy. In the latter cases, reuse, recycling, mobilisation of existing resources and initiatives have a real impact on the local economy.

The workshop is a follow-up of a workshop from ECSCW 2020, where we sought to examine and explore the relationship between these enabling technologies and the emerging initiatives and communities (see The aim of this year's follow-up workshop is to further engage with these research themes, and work towards a better understanding of core technical mechanisms and issues that we have identified.

We particularly invite submissions that engage with the following issues:

- Novel socio-technical approaches: How can mechanisms enable effective and flexible sharing of digital goods and services and how will these affect business models and user behavior?
- Digital consumer and worker protection: How can we help to protect the rights of users, both of consumers and gig workers?
- Emergent challenges and opportunities: How can we improve existing designs, for instance in terms of enhancing collectivity, sustainability and resilience?

Furthermore, we  invite works about the topics from the initial workshop, such as studies about platform taxonomies, ideals and conflicts of communities, (un)intended dark designs as well as how communities organise on and around platforms.

See the website for more background and details on the themes.

We invite researchers and practitioners to participate by submitting a short paper (2-4 pages) on their research or experiences using the ECSCW Exploratory Paper template.

Submitted papers should relate to the research questions outlined in the call. We are especially interested in empirical studies of sharing economy platforms and their socio-technical implications. Both reports of research in progress and completed studies will be accepted. We are also inviting practitioners to submit experience reports about existing technologies.

The workshop organisers will select the position papers based primarily on their ability to generate fruitful discussion of important issues and also to provide examples of practice related, high quality case studies. At least one author of each accepted paper must attend the workshop. The accepted papers will be made available to the participants in advance and discussants will be assigned to each paper.

Submissions and questions should be emailed to Christina Pakusch (christina.pakusch[at]

Upon acceptance, at least one author of each accepted position paper must attend the workshop. See the main conference site for more information on registration etc.

Due to the circumstances related to COVID19, the workshop will follow an online format with remote participation.

Depending on the outcome of the workshop's discussions and on the interest of the participants, we may explore further publication outlets for the workshop papers. The contributions will be made available on the workshop website, given participant consent.

Gabriela Avram, University of Limerick, Ireland
Alexander Boden, Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Science and Fraunhofer FIT
Susanne Bødker, Aarhus University, Denmark
Henrik Korsgaard, Aarhus University, Denmark
Myriam Lewkowicz, Troyes University of Technology, France
Christina Pakusch, Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Science

E-Mail: christina.pakusch[at]

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