Workshop outcomes & resources

The Ethical Encounters in HCI workshops have spawned several published articles and reports. These, along with many other recent publications in the HCI literature, discuss the kinds of ethical issues that researchers might face when designing and implementing new technologies, especially in sensitive settings, providing a valuable resource for others facing similar challenges.

On this page you will find links to relevant articles published by workshop attendees, members of the organising committee, and others in the CHI community. For more discussion and links to further resources, join the ACM SIGCHI Research Ethics Facebook group.

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Workshop outcomes:

Munteanu, C. Sadownik, W., & Xu, Z. (2016). Ethical dilemmas during field studies of emerging and disruptive technologies – is our current state of knowledge adequate? The University of Toronto.

Nathan, L. P., Thieme, A., Tatar, D., & Branham, S. (in press). Disruptions, dilemmas and paradoxes: Ethical matter(s) in design research. Interacting with Computers.

Vandenberghe, B., & Slegers, K. (2016). Designing for others, and the trap of HCI methods & practices. In CHI 2016 Extended Abstracts, pp. 512-524.

Vines, J., McNaney, R., Holden, A., Poliakov, I., Wright, P., & Olivier, P. (in press). Our year with the glass: Expectations, letdowns and ethical dilemmas of technology trials with vulnerable people. Interacting with Computers. Accepted 24th April, 2016.

Waycott, J., Davis, H., Warr, D., Edmonds, F., & Taylor, G. (in press). Co-constructing meaning and negotiating participation: Ethical tensions when ‘giving voice’ through digital storytelling. Interacting with Computers. Accepted 20th May, 2016.

Waycott, J., Wadley, G., Schutt, S., Stabolidis, A., & Lederman, R. (2015). The challenge of technology research in sensitive settings: Case studies in ‘sensitive HCI’. In Proceedings OzCHI 2015, pp. 240-249.

Waycott, J. (2016). Technology research in sensitive settings: A workshop on ethical encounters in HCI. Research Ethics Monthly. Australasian Human Research Ethics Consultancy Services.

Other recent articles about ethics and HCI: 

Brown, B., Weilenmann, A., McMillan, D., & Lampinen, A. (2016). Five provocations for ethical HCI research. In Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’16), pp. 852-863.

Bruckman, A. (2014). Research Ethics and HCI. In J. S. Olson and W. Kellogg (Eds.) Ways of Knowing in HCI (pp. 449-468). Springer.

Benford, S., et al. (2015). The ethical implications of HCI’s turn to the cultural. ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (TOCHI), 22(5), Article no. 24.

Ferguson, R., Crist, E., & Moffatt, K. (2016). A framework for negotiating ethics in sensitive settings: Hospice as a case study. Interacting with Computers. In press: Accepted 15th May, 2016.

Fiesler, C., Young, A., Peyton, T., Bruckman, A. S., Gray, M., Hancock, J., & Lutters, W. (2015). Ethics for studying online sociotechnical systems in a big data world. In Proceedings of the 18th ACM Conference Companion on Computer Supported Cooperative Work & Social Computing (CSCW ’15), pp. 289-292.

Frauenberger, C., Rauhala, M., & Fitzpatrick, G. (2016). In-action ethics. Interacting with Computers. In press: Accepted for publication 20th May, 2016.

Herron, D., Andalibi, N., Haimson, O., Moncur, W., van den Hoven, E. (2016). HCI and sensitive life experiences. In Proceedings of the 9th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, Article No. 134.

Moncur, W. (2013). The emotional wellbeing of researchers: considerations for practice. In Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’13), pp. 1883-1890.

Munteanu, C., Molyneaux, H., Moncur, W., Romero, M., O’Donnell, S., Vines, J. (2015). Situational ethics: Re-thinking approaches to formal ethics requirements for human-computer interaction. In Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’15), pp. 105-114.

Thieme, A., Wallace, J., Meyer, T. D. & Olivier, P. (2015). Designing for mental wellbeing: towards a more holistic approach in the treatment and prevention of mental illness. In Proceedings of the 2015 British HCI Conference, pp.1-10.

Toombs, A., Gross, S., Bardzell, S., & Bardzell, J. (2016). From empathy to care: A feminist care ethics perspective on long-term researcher-participant relations. Interacting with Computers. In press: Accepted 21st March, 2016.

Waycott, J., Guillemin, M., Cox, S. M., Warr, D., Drew, S., & Howell, C. (2015). Re/formulating Ethical Issues for Visual Research Methods from the Ground UpVisual Methodologies, 3(2), 4-15.

Waycott, J., Morgans, A., Pedell, S., Ozanne, E., Vetere, F., Kulik, L., & Davis, H. (2015). Ethics in evaluating a sociotechnical intervention with socially isolated older adults. Qualitative Health Research, 25(11), 1518-1528.

Vitak, J., Shilton, K., Ashktorab, Z. (2016). Beyond the Belmont principles: Ethical challenges, practices, and beliefs in the online data research community. In Proceedings of the 19th ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work & Social Computing, pp. 941-953.