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Event of Interest: Designing Socio-Technical Systems of Truth

February 6, 2018

All are invited to participate in the upcoming workshop on Designing Socio-Technical Systems of Truth at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, March 1-2, 2018, hosted by the Social Informatics group of the Center for Human-Computer Interaction, with support from ICAT and Computer Science.

In a society now frequently labeled “post-factual,” how can we create social technologies that support the pursuit of facts and encourage trustworthy institutions? What designs and design processes can prevent these technologies from becoming fonts of vigilantism, harassment, destructive rumors, and systemic bias?

All VT faculty, staff, and students are welcome. We have a range of exciting activities planned, including talks by four external speakers:

There are multiple ways to participate:

Attend the workshop:

Our two-day workshop includes speaker talks, break-out groups for discussion and design activities, and a community reception. Lunch is provided. A tentative agenda is available. Some events have limited space, so please use this short survey to RSVP by Friday, February 16.

Present a talk or poster at the workshop:

If you’re a VT faculty member or graduate student doing research related to the workshop theme, we’d love to hear more about it.

  • Faculty members are invited to give short (<5 min), informal “lightning talks” during the workshop’s opening session, March 1, 9-10am.
  • Graduate students are invited to present posters during the workshop’s community reception, March 1, 5-7pm.

To present, please complete this short application, which requests a working title and one-paragraph abstract. The deadline is Friday, February 16, with acceptance notifications the following Monday. Applications will be lightly curated for relevance.

Attend the reading group:

We’ll be reading and discussing papers suggested by the workshop speakers these over the next four weeks (one per speaker). We meet every Friday from 2-3pm in the Moss Arts Center, room 251. Anyone who has read the papers is welcome; no RSVP necessary! Here is the reading list and schedule.

Please share this information widely. We hope you can join us!

This event is organized by Kurt Luther and the CHCI Social Informatics group

Kurt Luther, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Computer Science
College of Engineering, Virginia Tech