In the light of the conference theme “Wicked Problems in the Age of Tech”, topics appropriate for submission to this conference are myriad. They may emerge from a variety of relevant perspectives including technology, philosophy, social sciences, policy, design, business, art, the humanities, etc. Examples of some of the vibrant areas of communities and technology research include, but are not limited to:
- Wicked problem domains 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.
- Diverse communities and their relationships to technology; urban and rural, migrants, refugees, indigenous peoples, LGBTQ, activists and social movements, low-income communities, alt-right and hate groups; the developing world and non-Western societies; professional communities, communities of practice, research communities;
- Bottom-up movements, grassroots developments, civic activism, community engagement, participatory publics, communities and innovation; ethics, power and social justice issues;
- Crowdfunding, collective and civic intelligence, community learning, early warning systems, collective awareness, collaborative awareness platforms; social cognition; community emotion; happiness; historical memory;
- Community owned and operated technology, peer production and the commons, DIY and maker communities (makerspaces, fablabs, crafters); community agriculture;
- Online and offline communities, urban and rural communities; urban technologies; urban informatics; urban interaction design; cross-community work; new forms of communities;
- Community memory, archives, and knowledge; resilience; smart communities in the context of smart cities; sustainable communities; economic and social development;
- Civic problem-solving, communities in relation to urgent and complex challenges to the health of the planet and the people that inhabit it; collaborative systems; partnering with education; government, civil society, and movements;
- Sharing or collaborative economies; platform capitalism and platform cooperativism; social media and social capital; associations, strong and weak ties;
- Supporting community processes: sensemaking, online deliberation; issue, argumentation and discussion mapping; community ideation and idea management systems; collective decision-making; group memory; participatory sensory networks;
- Technological issues: community toolkits; federated systems; decentralization and blockchains; integration with other systems, integration with face-to-face systems;
- The future of communities and technology; simulations, utopian or dystopian design; durable relationships and long-range goals; and
- Developing and supporting the Communities & Technologies community; social and technological critique; effectiveness and other measures.
- February 26, 2021 (23:59 PST) Papers (full and short) due
- April 2, 2021 Notification of acceptance for papers (full and short)
- April 30, 2021 Camera-ready for papers (full and short) due
- Online Submission via EasyChair
- We are using the new ACM workflow for submissions, please find instructions here: https://www.acm.org/publications/taps/word-template-workflow
- Accepted full and short papers are part of the International Conference Proceedings Series (ICPS) published by ACM (ISBN: 978-1-4503-7162-9)
- Selection Process: peer-reviewed
- Submission Address: email@example.com
Length: In order to allow for a diversity of contributions, the conference will accept full and short research papers.
- Full papers length should be proportional to the contribution. Past C&T papers would be about 16 pages in the above mentioned format.
- Short papers must be no longer than 8 pages in the above mentioned format, excluding all additional material such as references, appendices, and figures.
Blind Review: Papers submitted by the due date will undergo a double blind peer review process by the Program Committee and will be evaluated on the basis of their significance, innovation, academic rigor, and clarity of writing. Your submission should have authors’ names and affiliations removed, and avoid obvious identifying statements. Citations to your own relevant work should not be anonymous (e.g., say “Prior work by [authors]” instead of “In our prior work.”).
To be confirmed: Authors submitting papers for peer-review to ACM publications make the following representations:
- That the paper submitted is original, that the listed authors are the creators of the work, that each author is aware of the submission and that they are listed as an author, and that the paper is an honest representation of the underlying work.
- That the work submitted is not currently under review at any other publication venue, and that it will not be submitted to another venue unless it has been rejected or withdrawn from this venue.
- That the authors have the rights and intent to publish the work in the venue to which it is submitted, if the work is accepted. For conference papers, this includes the expected ability and intent to have an author of the paper register for and attend the conference to present the paper, if required.
- That any prior publications on which this work is based are documented appropriately in the paper and/or in a cover letter available to reviewers. This documentation includes providing an explanation of the incremental contribution of the submitted C&T 2019 paper that extends prior results published elsewhere. This information will be supplied to the program chairs only.
All submissions must be new work that has not been published in a peer reviewed conference or journal. Work previously published in workshops that do not have published proceedings may be submitted (as-is or extended) to C&T 2021. Work previously published in workshops that do have published proceedings may only be submitted if the work is substantially extended from the workshop paper. In any case where part of a submitted paper has been previously published, the authors should contact the Papers Chairs to inform them of the prior publication, including its citation and a brief description of the changes incorporated into the C&T submitted version.
Regarding the re-publication in English of work previously published in another language, please refer to the statement by ACM SIGCHI regarding specialized conferences.
Confidentiality of submitted material will be maintained. Upon acceptance, the titles, authorship, and abstracts of papers will be used in the Advance Program. Submissions should contain no information or material that will be proprietary or confidential at the time of publication, and should cite no publication that will be proprietary or confidential at that time. Final versions of accepted papers must be formatted according to detailed instructions provided by the publisher. Copyright release forms must be signed for inclusion in the proceedings and the ACM Digital Library (to be confirmed).
For questions related to paper submissions (e.g., topic relevance) contact Paper chairs: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Kentaro Toyama, W.K. Kellogg Professor of Community Information at the University of Michigan School of Information
- Sara Fox, Assistant Professor at Carnegie Mellon University in the Human Computer Interaction Institute, Director of the Tech Solidarity Lab, and founding member of the Community-Tech Collective