We present Northwestern University’s InfoSocial conference, a student-run conference dedicated to showcasing interdisciplinary graduate student research examining the role of technology in contemporary society. InfoSocial brings together graduate students in fields ranging from Computer Science to Law to showcase their novel ideas, methods, and innovations. This year, we ask for you to include of a brief paragraph in your submission that considers the ethical and social implications of your research. We accept submissions from HCI, Communication, Computer Science, Political Science, Law, Philosophy, Sociology, Information Science, Informatics, and other related disciplines with a focus on the interaction of technology and society.
Dedicated to Graduate Students
This conference promotes graduate student research and scholarship and is a venue for us to generate constructive criticism about not only our own work, but also the direction of work across our disciplines. InfoSocial encourages the sharing, presentation, and discussion of early and developing work, and provides a venue to practice in preparation for future conferences. Graduate students who present at this venue will gain feedback from about their research and presentation. InfoSocial 2018 will bring together scholars from several disciplines, spark many intriguing conversations, facilitate new friendships, and garner constructive feedback for attendees at all stages.
Discussion Topic for this Year
This year, we seek to initiate discussions about the design and implementation of technologies and their short- and long-term impacts on our social, political, and economic sociotechnical systems. We ask that you include a final paragraph in your abstract that articulates what you view as the ethical and/or societal implications of your work. For example, does your work point to new ways we should educate users? What are the environmental implications of your work?
How does the technology in your research extend or curtail the power of individuals and different groups of people? Our goal is to initiate conversations about ethical use of technology, civic technology for public and community use, and how technologies can enable a ‘better’ future. These are topics we believe are critical for those who work in this area to consider.
To submit to InfoSocial 2018, please prepare an anonymized extended abstract that explains your research. Please include your methodological approaches and a paragraph about the ethical and/or societal implications of your work (more specifics in the paragraph above). Abstracts should be no longer than 4 pages, double-spaced (references, figures, and tables not included toward page limit). Please format your abstract in either APA or ACM SIGCHI style. When you have finalized your abstract, submit it through the InfoSocial submission portal. The submission portal will be open from November 15 to December 1st.
Note: There will be no fee to attend or participate in the conference. Some meals will be provided, and interested attendees may request to be housed with Northwestern students. While we can make no guarantees, we will do our best to accommodate requests.
The InfoSocial conference is dedicated to being accessible for participants. The InfoSocial committee recognizes that accessibility is a continuous process, both systemic and individual. If you have specific questions or accessibility needs not covered on our website, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Code of Conduct
InfoSocial is dedicated to a harassment-free conference experience for everyone. Our code of conduct and anti-harassment policy can be found here.
As a committee, we are grateful to have the opportunity to not only support interesting research but to support the researchers themselves. We understand that attending conferences can be expensive and that they often require financial resources above and beyond what one can obtain through one’s own department or school. To remedy this, we are offering a limited number of travel grants through the Northwestern University School of Communication on a competitive basis. If you need some additional support to attend InfoSocial this year, please include a brief statement (250-350 words) along with your submission that describes your particular need.