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It's Time to Do Something: Mitigating the Negative Impacts of Computing Through a Change to the Peer Review Process

  title={It's Time to Do Something: Mitigating the Negative Impacts of Computing Through a Change to the Peer Review Process},
  author={Brent J. Hecht and Lauren Wilcox and Jeffrey P. Bigham and Johannes Sch{\"o}ning and Ehsan Hoque and Jason Ernst and Yonatan Bisk and Luigi De Russis and Lana Yarosh and Bushra Anjum and Danish Contractor and Cathy Wu},
The computing research community needs to work much harder to address the downsides of our innovations. Between the erosion of privacy, threats to democracy, and automation's effect on employment (among many other issues), we can no longer simply assume that our research will have a net positive impact on the world. While bending the arc of computing innovation towards societal benefit may at first seem intractable, we believe we can achieve substantial progress with a straightforward step… 

Consequences, Schmonsequences! Considering the Future as Part of Publication and Peer Review in Computing Research

The aim is to draw on scholarship around creative-yet-grounded speculation about technology futures and to consider how these might be applied to publication and peer review.

Cyborg Perspectives on Computing Research Reform

It is questioned whether most researchers have sufficient historical context and awareness of activist movements to recognize crucial impacts to marginalized populations and case studies in leveraging "situated knowledges" in the analysis of research ethics are presented.

Can "Conscious Data Contribution" Help Users to Exert "Data Leverage" Against Technology Companies?

Using simulations, it is found thatconscious data contribution (CDC) could be highly effective at reducing the gap in intelligent technologies performance between an incumbent and their competitors.

Disseminating Research News in HCI: Perceived Hazards, How-To's, and Opportunities for Innovation

A Grounded Theory analysis of interviews with 12 HCI researchers finds that miscommunication can occur at four origins along the socio-technical infrastructure known as the Media Production Pipeline (MPP) for science news.

Assessing the Fairness of AI Systems: AI Practitioners' Processes, Challenges, and Needs for Support

This paper presents a meta-modelling framework for estimating and analyzing values during the design of an internet infrastructure and some examples show how this framework can be applied to social systems.

GROUP4Good: Exploring Positive Impacts of GROUP Research

This workshop will give researchers across the GROUP community the opportunity to explore how the authors might design or use technologies to maximize wider societal benefits.

CHI4EVIL: Creative Speculation on the Negative Impacts of HCI Research

This workshop will explore the creative use of HCI methods and concepts such as design fiction or speculative design to help anticipate and reflect on the potential downsides of the technology design, research, and implementation.

Co-designing for Community Oversight

A novel model of Community Oversight for Privacy and Security ("CO-oPS"), which identifies mechanisms for users to interact with people they trust to help one another make digital privacy and security decisions is proposed and applied in the context of mobile applications.

Does PAPAS Know Best? A Continuation and Call for Discussion

: In this paper, we consider the insights and ideas that the four responses to our original paper titled “Five Ethical Issues in the Big Data Analytics Age” provided. We discuss the opportunity we

Don't "research fast and break things": On the ethics of Computational Social Science

As a quintessential social impact science, Computational Social Science (CSS) holds great promise to advance social justice, human flourishing, and biospheric sustainability. However, CSS is also an