C&T 2021 welcomes different kind of contributions
Full and Short Research Papers
In the light of the conference theme “Wicked Problems in the Age of Tech”, topics appropriate for submission to this conference are myriad.
February 26, 2021 (23:59 PST) Papers due
Case Studies in C&T 2021 also welcome two types of submission. Research Case Studies are peer-reviewed contributions that present practice-based examples of engagements with communities and technologies. Community Case Studies are contributions that illustrate an idea relevant to C&T while allowing for informal discussions between civil society and research.
March, 12th 2021: Case Studies due
Workshops spark dialoge and exchange of experiences. C&T Workshops will each run for a half or one full day and will take place on June 21st and 22nd, 2021.
March 12, 2021 (23:59 PST) Workshop Proposals due
Posters and Demos
This track allows researchers, practitioners, and professionals to showcase early work-in-progress research or prototypes. Presenters can interact with the conference attendees to exchange ideas and get feedback.
May 5, 2021 (23:59 PST) Posters/demos due (extended)
Doctoral Colloquium Applications
The Doctoral Colloquium (DC) offers research students a special forum where they can present, discuss, and develop their research plans with peers and established senior researchers.
The DC is scheduled on June 21st 2021, from 1 to 5 pm. Important Dates
May 5, 2021 (23:59 PST) DC Applications due (extended)
This is the first time that C&T is hosting Community Day. Its purpose is to encourage productive conversations between researchers, community members and activists about tools they need and their experiences with technology.
We anticipate that the audience mix among researchers and people from the local area who are interested in civic technology.
Community Day will take place on June 20, 2021, one day before the regular sessions.
C&T 2021 is looking for you!
Student volunteers play a vital role in making conferences a great experience. You will have the opportunity to get in touch with researchers, meet other students and get to know a conference behind the scenes.
Applications are open from February 12th until April 15!
Apply for Funding to Attend C&T 2021
EUSSET (the European Society for Socially Embedded Technologies) is sponsoring a limited number of grants to support students and community organizations (especially from developing countries) to attend C&T 2021.
If you are interested in applying for a grant, please fill out this form
Deadline for grant applications is May 3, 2021. You will be notified about the result of your application by May 7, 2021.
The 10th International Conference on Communities & Technologies
June 20-25, 2021 Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.
The biennial Communities and Technologies (C&T) conference is the premier international forum for stimulating scholarly debate and disseminating research on the complex connections between communities – in their multiple forms – and information and communication technologies.
C&T 2021 welcomes participation from researchers, designers, educators, industry, and students from the many disciplines and perspectives bearing on the interaction between community and technology, including architecture, arts, business, design, economics, education, engineering, ergonomics, informatics, information technology, geography, health, humanities, law, media and communication studies, and social sciences.
Given the Covid-19 pandemic, this event will be virtual, hosted on a virtual event platform called Pathable. We look forward to welcoming you to our exciting conference online!
Shelly Farnham, Conference Chair
2021 Theme: Wicked Problems in the Age of Tech
C&T’s 2021 theme “Wicked Problems in the Age of Tech”, invites participants to examine the positive and negative implications of new trends in Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) impacting communities, civil society and the common good.
C&T focuses on the notion of communities as comprised of people who share something in common; this common element may be geography, needs, goals, interests, practices, organizations, enemies, or other bases for social connection. Communities are considered to be a basic unit of social experience, and effective communities work collaboratively toward their common good — such as finding peaceful ways to resolve conflict, securing a more equitable, just society, promoting a healthy environment, and fostering inclusion and diversity.
At past C&T conferences ICTs have been examined by researchers, academics and practitioners for their capacity to support community formation and development by facilitating communication, coordination, and mobilization among members, and to empower communities to collectively deal with challenges and threats. For C&T 2021, we seek to further our exploration of how ICTs may help address those large-scale “wicked problems” that currently challenge communities, such as social injustice, the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, racism, misogyny, policy brutality, the opioid crisis, immigration, human-trafficking, homelessness, authoritarianism, disinformation, poverty, public health, self-governance, and terrorism.
However, we must also acknowledge that the socio-technical realities of today are more bleak than anticipated even a few years ago. Many trends in ICTs seen over the past couple of years pose existential and practical threats to communities, civil society, and democratic institutions. In many cases, the design of social media platforms gives more power to those who disrupt than construct. The public square is easily co-opted by private interests, where well-organized and well-funded organizations can take advantage of the technological ecosystem to the detriment of community well-being. ICTs mediate and amplify disinformation, racism, misogyny, and surveillance, all posing tremendous threats to society. In other words, modern technology has introduced a new set of wicked problems that need to be addressed in order for technology to be leveraged to benefit communities rather than harm them. How do we balance the advantages of ICTs, against the new wicked problems endemic to their use in the age of tech?
The C&T 2021 program has three main components:
- Community Day (Sunday, June 20, 2021) bringing together C&T conference attendees and people from the local community together to discuss and work together to discuss purposeful and pragmatic approaches for mutual understanding.
- Workshops (Monday – Tuesday, June 21-22, 2021) including a Doctoral Colloquium, enabling focused discussion and exploration of specific research areas
- Main Conference (Wednesday – Friday, June 23-25, 2021) comprised of keynote, panel, papers, case studies, and posters and demos sessions.
Please see our program page for an overview of our schedule.
We welcome different kinds of participation:
- Full and Short Research Papers
- Case Studies
- Workshop Proposals
- Posters and Demos
- Doctoral Colloquium Applications
- Community Day
- Student Volunteers
See our general submissions page for an overview of submissions and important dates including deadlines.
Start your registration here.