Our workshop will bring together CSCW scholars, researchers, and practitioners designing and studying sociotechnical systems for/with different communities of practice—particularly those who focus on values of social justice, intersectionality, participatory and direct democracy, collaboration, and collective action.

NameAffiliation Workshop Paper
Sebastian ProstOpen Lab, Newcastle University (Newcastle upon Tyne, UK)

Platform Politics:
The Open Food Network as an Enabling Infrastructure for Socially Just Food Networks
Anne WeibertUniversity of Siegen (Seigen, Germany)Neighborhood Collaboration for a Change
Tapan S. Parikh (co-author with Khadijah)Cornell Tech (New York, NY)From Welfare Island to Silicon Alley: Negotiations of Access, Agency and Accountability at a New University Campus
Julia Khadijah Abdurahman (co-author with Parikh)Word to RI (New York, NY)From Welfare Island to Silicon Alley: Negotiations of Access, Agency and Accountability at a New University Campus
Elizabeth ResorUC Berkeley School of Information (Berkeley, CA)Social Media for Participatory Development? Two Cases in Kenya
Angela M. Schöpke-Gonzalez
School of Information, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI)Representing Knowledge: Academic Writing as Sociotechnical Power and Privilege
Erhardt GareffOlin College of Engineering (Needham, MA)Empowerment is simply a Goal, but Civic Technology still needs it as one
Catherine D’IgnazioData+Feminism Lab, MIT (Cambridge, MA)Four Tensions Between HCI Research, Social Justice Aspirations, and Grassroots Politics
Eric P. S. BaumerLeigh University (Bethlehem, PA)Giving Voice in Computational Text Analysis
Michaelanne DyeUniversity of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI)Havana’s StreetNet: Contending With Power and Privilege in a Grassroots Intranet
Samantha McDonaldUC Irvine (Irvine, CA)Understanding the Role of Democratic Representation in Citizen Engagement

In Session III of the workshop, we will participate in small group discussions. We will break into three groups each with a facilitator—following are the group arrangements for Session III:

  • Group 1: Elizabeth Resor, Sebastian Prost, Angela M. Schöpke-Gonzalez, Amy Bruckman, Christopher Le Dantec (facilitator)
  • Group 2: Tapan S. Parikh, Julia Khadijah Abdurahman, Catherine D’Iagnazio, Eric Baumer, Sucheta Ghoshal (facilitator)
  • Group 3: Anne Weibert, Samantha McDonald, Michaelanne Dye, Erhardt Gareff, Carl DiSalvo (facilitator)

Workshop Papers (call for participation now closed)

The workshop papers should be submitted in the Extended Abstract Format, and should include an abstract, a detailed reflection, and a short bio of the author(s). The abstract should be not more than 200 words, and the body of the paper should be no more than 3000 words. The workshop paper should broadly engage with the following questions:

  • What is a community that you feel accountable to, and how does this inform your CSCW work?
  • What is an artifact or a sociotechnical phenomenon that lead you/your community to experience issues of power and privilege? What are the characteristics of the issues you are experiencing?
  • What are some strategies helping you/your community mitigate these issues at the moment?
  • How do you perceive the relationship between these experiences and grassroots politics of collaboration?

Submissions should be sent to by 5PM (your timezone) on September 27, 2019. In the submission email, you can mention if you would be interested in facilitating this workshop with the main organizers, as well as your relevant experiences in facilitation.

Authors will be notified about the acceptance of their papers on October 8, 2019.