CHI 09 workshop: Call for Participation
April 4, 2009, Boston USA
Social Mediating Technologies: Developing the Research Agenda
Are you interested in /researching Social Networking Sites, e-Communities,
other collaborative Internet Technologies ? Do you want to discuss the
complex reasons why these technologies are a run away success with leaders
in the field ? If so read on..
The popularity of social networking sites such as MySpace, Facebook and
Bebo, and online communities like Wikipedia and Flickr, has launched a
debate about the social impact of these technologies. This workshop will
review the current state of the art in social networking technologies and
develop a deeper, theory-based understanding of these socio-technical
This workshop will survey, discuss and synthesise current knowledge on
Social Mediating Technologies (SMTs) usage to develop a research agenda for
future studies. It will also provide a forum for researchers from academia
and industry to exchange insights into how these technologies are being used
in society and industrial organisations.
(i) to bring together researchers in academia and industry, and from
diverse backgrounds (psychology, sociology, computer science, etc.) who are
interested in understanding the impact of social mediating technologies;
(ii) to create a road map for future research directions.
The immediate goals are to survey current knowledge of SMT research and
develop a deeper understanding of these phenomena from both a social and
technological perspective. The workshop aims to develop a road map of issues
to conceptualise the SMT research space and set the future research agenda
in this field, to look beyond the current investigations and descriptive
studies to more theory-led research.
To participate please submit either a position paper (1,500-2,000 words) or
an extended paper (up to 8,000 words) reporting more substantial research,
on the following topics:
. Empirical and ethnographic studies into the use of social-mediating
technologies (e.g. e-communities, SNS, CMC sites).
. Social network analysis in social mediating technologies.
. Comparative surveys of use of social technologies, ranging from
e-mail to Internet SNS.
. Computational models and simulations of social technologies.
. Critical evaluations of social technologies, design affordances,
usability problems, etc.
. Theories, models and frameworks of technology-mediated
Send submissions to Alistair Sutcliffe as Word or PDF attachments:
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Research questions which could be addressed range from theoretical
connections to pragmatic analyses of use and assessment of the design
features of current technologies, as well as looking forward to the next
generation of SMTs:
. How do SMTs foster the formation of new relationships, or is most
usage simply maintenance of existing face-to-face relationships?
. How do SMTs contribute to the identity of communities and groups?
. Do people change their behaviour online? Evidence suggests that
people are less security-conscious online, so the deeper question is, why?
. How good are people at detecting bogus usage in social technologies,
e.g. advertising; alternatively, do they see advertising as legitimate?
. Which design features of SMTs afford the formation and maintenance
. Which design features of SMTs help group and community identity, and
maintenance of diaspora relationships?
For more details see workshop web site
Alistair Sutcliffe, University of Manchester
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Victor M. Gonzalez, University of Manchester
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Human Computer Interaction Laboratory
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA, USA
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John Carroll, IST, Penn State University, USA
Nicole Ellison, Michigan State University, USA
Judith Donath, Media Lab, MIT
Marcus Foth, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia
Cameron Marlow, FaceBook, USA
Susan O'Donnell, NRC IIT, Canada
Alex (Sandy) Pentland, MIT, USA
May Beth Rosson, IST, Penn State University, USA
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