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Workshop on Technologies to Support Critical Thinking in an Age of Misinformation

Call for Papers, CHI '21 (virtual)


Please consider contributing to and/or forward to the appropriate groups the following opportunity to submit to and join our workshop at CHI 2021.

CHI, 2021 ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

Workshop page:


Submission Website:

Key dates:

- Workshop submission deadline: February 7, 2021 (aoE)

- Notification of acceptance: February 21, 2021

- Workshop at CHI 2021: May 9, 2021



Serious concerns have been raised about social media's and online news outlets' contributions to a pandemic of misinformation. The sheer volume, its spread, and the tendency of misinformation to exploit people’s cognitive biases have eroded the public's trust in media outlets, governmental institutions, and the democratic process.

The "Workshop on Technologies to Support Critical Thinking in an Age of Misinformation'' aims to bring together designers, developers, and thinkers across disciplines to redefine computing systems by focusing on technologies, such as recommender and social computing systems. The workshop aims at fostering the development of applications that detect and limit the spread of misinformation as well as interfaces that instil and nurture critical thinking in their users. By focusing on the problem of misinformation and users’ cognitive security from a computing and HCI perspective, this workshop will sketch out blueprints for systems and interfaces that contribute to advancing media literacy, building critical thinking skills, and helping users tell fact from fake.

The following themes are meant to guide authors, contributors, and participants of the workshop:

·   Social Computing System Interventions: how can targeted systems, learning algorithms, interfaces, and agents be used to prevent, stop, or mitigate misinformation from spreading? How can these systems mitigate adversarial behaviour?

·   Technologies to Foster Critical Thinking: where market incentives and governmental oversight fail us, how can we re-think technologies to build and reinforce critical thinking skills?

·   Engaging Users: how can we trigger a design shift from shallow user engagement towards interfaces that prioritise information gain over attention capture and instil better information processing habits in their users?

·   Application Scenarios: what are application scenarios besides political fact-checking, and social media oversight? How can HCI research contribute to the deployment of ethical, fair, and unbiased systems?

·   Case Studies: presentation of concrete cases where the impact of user interfaces on users’ critical thinking has been investigated, or where interfaces have been evaluated for their effectiveness in mitigating the effects of misinformation on systems, societies, people, media, and computing systems.

·   Tools and Methods: which methods and tools can help support human cognitive efforts, and promote unbiased and fair contention of pre-existing beliefs?

·   Inoculation Techniques: the design and creation of systems and methods to help users build resistance against misinformation. This can include the identification and mitigation of fake news and populist messaging, but also ways to build empathy and critical thinking abilities.

With Human-Computer Interaction being at the forefront of designing and developing user-facing computing systems, we bear special opportunities to address these issues and work on solutions to mitigate problems arising from misinformation.

We invite position papers that are concerned with the above-mentioned themes and discuss the role of computing systems, algorithms, and dark pattern designs in user interfaces as potential amplifiers of misinformation. We welcome submissions covering a wide field of topics related to system and user interface design that address issues of misinformation with the goal of mitigating its negative impacts. Submissions are expected to be in the single-column CHI-format and should be no longer than 8 pages, including references. The workshop comprises a mini Paper Committee in charge of peer-reviews.

Further workshop details and the submission link can be found on the workshop's website:



Tilman Dingler, University of Melbourne, Australia

Benjamin Tag, University of Melbourne, Australia

Philipp Lorenz-Spreen, Max-Planck Institute, Germany

Andrew W. Vargo, Osaka Prefecture University, Japan

Simon Knight, University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Stephan Lewandowsky, University of Bristol, United Kingdom

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