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[Commlist] ACM CHI'21 Workshop, 2nd CfP: Developing participatory digital citizenship to address the crisis of democracy (online)

Mon Feb 08 17:01:57 GMT 2021

Call for Papers:

In search of the alternative future:

Developing participatory digital citizenship to address the crisis of democracy

The workshop is based on the notion that democratic digital societies require a new form of citizenship, namely digital citizenship. Considering our contemporary, highly digitalized lives, we argue that digital citizenship should be understood in the broadest possible sense; for example, entailing aspects such as enhancing everybody’s capability to understand the profound consequences of digitalization of societies.

Thus, in this workshop, we strive to formulate a working definition of participatory digital citizenship, and to share issues, challenges, opportunities, methods and empirical examples pertaining to this as a goal. This is necessary to address the current crisis of democracy fueled by social media, big data and AI in the service of surveillance capitalism. Moving towards truly participatory digital citizenship will require, among other things, more transparent and understandable technological systems. Furthermore, it will require the development and implementation of democratic and participatory methods to co-create better applications, policies and regulation, to improve digital literacy in practice, and to empower citizens.


The workshop is held online on Friday May 7, EST 09:00-13:00 / CET 15:00-19:00

(the time slot may change slightly due to the conference organization: the correct time will updated at the workshop website).


We invite those interested to submit a position paper (3–4 pages) in the SIGCHI Full paper format:

These contributions may address, for example:

Theoretical considerations; e.g., utilising key theoretical concepts from various fields Case studies; empirical works that explore different aspects of digital citizenship in datafied environment or that can contribute to our understanding of the concept Design-based explorations in real-world settings, e.g. implementation of participatory approaches into the design of societally relevant technology systems, or FabLab or DIY based projects among different populations Methods: Methodologies that can contribute towards understanding and developing participatory digital citizenship, such as participatory design, speculative design, citizen science, ethnography, research through design, etc. Thematic issues; e.g. ethical dilemmas; data privacy and surveillance; emerging geographies of digital inequalities; design thinking; wellbeing; sustainability; global perspectives, etc.

Please note that at least one author of each accepted position paper must attend the workshop and all participants must register for both the workshop ($30) and for at least one day of the CHI 2021 conference. Registration rates for CHI can be found here:

Deadline of the position papers: February 21, 2021

Papers should be sent to: (Johanna.ylipulli /at/ and (aale.luusua /at/

Workshop website:

Conference website:

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