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Susanne Hupfer <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 14 Dec 2010 17:21:01 -0500
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PLEASE NOTE:  Statement of Interest Deadline: Friday, December 17, 2010

A Workshop at CSCW 2011
Hangzhou, China
Workshop Date: Sunday, March 20, 2011

Recent projects and studies suggest there is interesting and diverse work emerging at the intersection of ICT4D -- the application of 
information and communication technologies to socio-economic development -- and social media. One trend both fields share is the 
rise of mobile:  While ICT4D has been devoting increasing attention to mobile technologies due to their global reach,  there has also 
been a surge in mobile social media applications for the developed world. Whether mobile or web-based, work by social media 
researchers indicates that social software may have significant potential in developing regions through support for citizen reporting, 
crowdsourcing, grassroots mapping, and education. Through position papers and interactive discussions, workshop participants will 
explore current work at the intersection of ICT4D and social media ("SM4D"), as well as challenges, emerging themes, and future 


The three main objectives for this workshop are:

    * To bring together researchers, designers, and practitioners who are working in, or interested in exploring, the intersection of 
       social media and ICT4D, to share experiences and current work, and to identify current themes.

    * Create a diverse community interested in designing, building, leveraging, or studying social media for its applicability in 
       addressing problems of disadvantaged populations, particularly in the developing world. Identify key ways in which the 
       social media/CSCW and ICT4D research communities can and should collaborate.

    * Discuss emerging themes, future work, and opportunities for continued information-sharing and collaboration.


The main themes of the workshop are:

State of the Art of SM4D: 
Identify and summarize current activities in the SM4D space. This may include discussion of design explorations, systems, 
applications, and methods for supporting and studying SM4D, as well as case studies, e.g., deployment stories, empirical 
studies, and user studies.

Share the challenges of deploying, studying, scaling, and sustaining SM4D systems in developing areas (whether technological, 
cultural, political, or logistical). Discuss best practices.

Future Directions for SM4D:
Identify emerging trends and future directions in this area. Identify areas in which the ICT4D and social media communities 
should be collaborating and learning from one another.


Immediately:                Indicate interest by emailing shupfer [at]
December 17, 2010:   Email full Statement of Interest to shupfer [at] 
December 30, 2010:   Acceptance Decisions 
January 7, 2011:         Registration for Workshop Ends 
January 31, 2011:       Submit Full Position Paper 
March 19, 2011:          CSCW Begins 
March 19-20 2011:     Workshop (19th OR 20th - TBD)


Susanne Hupfer, Center for Social Software, IBM Research
Beth Kolko, Department of Human Centered Design and Engineering, University of Washington
Kentaro Toyama, School of Information, University of California, Berkeley


IMMEDIATELY -  Please send an email to shupfer [at] indicating your interest in attending. (We'd like to gauge 
the level of interest in this workshop as early as possible.) 

No later than December 17, 2010 - Please email a "Statement of Interest" to shupfer [at] to provide a brief 
preview of the Position Paper due later (see below).  This email should include: 

    * Titles, names, affiliations, email address of the authors
    * Abstract for the Position Paper (200-word description of recent, current, or ongoing work relevant to SM4D)
    * Short biography of the authors’ backgrounds, areas of expertise, and desired takeaways from the workshop  

The organizers will review all Statements of Interest and select participants.  Selection will be based on relevance to the SM4D area, 
how well the position paper preview appears to relate to the Themes of the workshop (listed above), balance of coverage, and 
potential for generating interesting discussion.

No later than December 30, 2010 - Acceptance decisions will be emailed.

January 7, 2011 - Register for the workshop at the CSCW registration page.  Workshop participants are REQUIRED to register for 
the workshop by this deadline.  

January 31, 2011 - Full position paper is due from workshop participants.  Please email to shupfer [at]  Each position 
paper should be no more than 4 pages in the standard CSCW Extended Abstract format.  All submissions will be treated as non-archival, 
and can include preliminary work intended for archival publication in another venue.   

All position papers must include:

    * Titles, names, affiliations, email address of the authors
    * Description of recent, current, or ongoing work relevant to SM4D
    * The paper must address one or more of the Themes listed above.
    * Short biography of the authors’ backgrounds,  areas of expertise, and desired takeaways from the workshop  

March 19, 2011 - CSCW Begins

March 20, 2011 - SM4D Workshop 

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