Submission have begun to arrive in response to this call, issued in
October. This is an opportunity to participate in a potentially
trail-blazing effort.

Jonathan Grudin, Editor, ACM TOCHI

Call for papers           Submission deadline: May 31st, 2003
Special issue, ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction


CHI has approached social issues cautiously. Many CHI members have
strongly held opinions on social issues, but have preferred to
maintain a wall between scientific and engineering-oriented research
and the apparently more subjective territory of social issues.
Cognitive psychologists who strongly influenced CHI in the 1980s
tended to be critical of work in the social sciences, and were not
drawn to action research.

That has gradually changed. We realize that basic and applied
research in the social sciences is critical to improving technologies
that are increasingly used interactively in group/team,
organizational, and community settings. As technology becomes more
integral to our lives, it is essential that everyone have equal
access to it. Ben Shneiderman has tirelessly advocated for
accessibility and other social content. Michael Muller has explored
ways of adapting Scandinavian participatory design methods to
development environments found elsewhere. Batya Friedman has
mobilized an effort on value-sensitive design. And the editors of
this special issue of TOCHI have been actively involved.

Matt Jones edits a SIGCHI Bulletin column on social issues. He and
Beth Mynatt have published work on assistive technologies. Bonnie
Nardi is the leading proponent of Activity Theory within the CHI
community, with its emphasis on simultaneous consideration of
cognitive and cultural phenomena. With great enthusiasm I encourage
participation in this special issue on Social Issues and HCI.

Jonathan Grudin, Editor, ACM TOCHI


Call for papers

Special issue of ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (TOCHI)
Social Issues and HCI

Submission deadline: May 31st, 2003.

Editors: Matt Jones (University of Waikato), Bonnie Nardi (Agilent
Technologies) & Elizabeth Mynatt (Georgia Institute of Technology)

CHI can bring hope to an increasingly push-button world that often
seems frustrating and confusing to users. Although most CHI
researchers and practitioners are motivated to make users' lives,
communities and society better, there is a growing global research
effort that is directly focused on, and concerned with, the social
impact and implications of interactive systems.

In recent ACM CHI conferences there have been papers, panels and
workshops on socially orientated topics including: cyber communities and
trust; identification technologies and security; communal interfaces and
developing countries; and, even spiritual interfaces. Furthermore, as
computing moves from predominately being workaday to everyday, there is
a growing recognition that social issues have to be addressed urgently
and explicitly [1][2].

The aim of this Special Issue is to present high quality and original
manuscripts that make a substantive contribution to the understanding of
interactive system social issues by presenting models, techniques, new
technologies and user and community studies.

Possible topics include:

Privacy, security and trust
Empowering disenfranchised users
Emotional aspects of interaction
Community interaction
Mass communication and interaction
Socially responsible design
Environmental impact
Persuasion (captology)
Public space technology
Socially adept technologies
Future social issues (e.g., implants and social exclusion)
Developing nation needs

Papers on controversial social issues (e.g., terrorism, gender or
religion) are not excluded, but prospective authors should remember that
normal scholarly standards are required. All social issues must be
clearly related to CHI. For example, while there is a much that is
terribly important that generally one might say about terrorism and the
Web, for a paper in this special issue the CHI focus must be explicitly
drawn out.

All contributions will be rigorously peer reviewed to the usual exacting
standards of TOCHI. Further information, including TOCHI submission
procedures and advice on formatting and preparing your manuscript, can
be found at <>. Please indicate in your cover
letter that you are submitting a contribution to the special issue on
"Social Issues". To discuss a possible contribution, please contact one
of the following special issue editors:

Matt Jones, [log in to unmask]
Bonnie Nardi, [log in to unmask]
Elizabeth Mynatt, [log in to unmask]


Gregory D. Abowd  & Elizabeth D. Mynatt (2000). Charting past, present,
and future research in ubiquitous computing. ACM Transactions on
Computer-Human Interaction (TOCHI). March 2000, Volume 7 Issue 1, pages

Harold Thimbleby &  Matt Jones (2002). Obituary for a Fax. Personal and
Ubiquitous Computing. January 2002, Volume 6 Issue 1.

Deadline for submissions: May 31st, 2003
Jonathan Grudin, Editor
ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction     Email: [log in to unmask]
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