This is the website for a series of workshops for researchers working in the field of human-computer interaction to discuss “Ethical Encounters in HCI”.
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HCI researchers are now designing and evaluating technologies in increasingly sensitive and challenging settings. It is crucial to consider and plan for ethical issues when conducting any research involving people, but this becomes even more important when the research is conducted in sensitive settings. Research that involves vulnerable or marginalized participants, or that is emotionally challenging for researchers, can produce complex ethical dilemmas where there are no clear “right” or “wrong” answers. These ethical issues are often emergent, diverse, and embedded in the context in which the research takes place.

These workshops aim to provide a forum for researchers to discuss, share experiences, and learn from, ethical challenges that they have encountered as part of their research practice. The workshop discussions will be used to develop an edited volume of resources that will communicate practical lessons to share with the HCI community.

CHI 2017 Workshop: Call for Participation now open!

We are very pleased to announce a third CHI workshop on Ethical Encounters in HCI!

This one-day workshop will be held as part of the CHI 2017 conference, held in Denver, Colorado, May 6-11 2017.

Important Dates:

  • Submission deadline: 8 January 2017 New deadline: 27th January 2017
  • Notification: 3rd February 2017 New expected notification: 17th February 2017
  • Workshop day: 6 May 2017

The workshop aims to foster discussion and support HCI researchers facing ethical challenges, focusing in particular on challenges encountered in sensitive or complex settings. HCI researchers are now designing, implementing, and studying technologies in increasingly sensitive settings. Examples include: designing with/for aged care, with people experiencing homelessness, or with people experiencing mental health issues. In this workshop we will focus on developing an online resource and guidelines to assist other researchers undertaking technology research in similar settings.

We invite researchers to submit 2-6 page position papers (in ACM Extended Abstract format) that:

  • Describe particular ethical challenge(s) researchers have faced (and discuss how these were/might have been addressed); and/or
  • Present a “provocation” (a “what if” scenario) that challenges the current status quo with respect to the ethical conduct of HCI research with human participants; and/or
  • Propose practical or policy solutions/ways forward to ensure future HCI researchers are equipped to face ethical challenges during research with human participants.

Submissions should be sent in .pdf format to ethicalencountershci@cs.toronto.edu. Position papers will be reviewed by a committee of experts and selected on the basis of relevance to the workshop themes, quality of presentation, and potential to stimulate discussion.

At least one author of each accepted submission must register for the workshop and at least one day of the main conference.