CSCW 2010: The 2010 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work • February 6–10, 2010 • Savannah, Georgia, USA


Advance Program — Panels

The following three panels will be held at CSCW 2010:

Monday, Feb. 8, 14:30-16:00

Panel 1: What’s Up with Culture?

This panel addresses the challenge of conceptualizing cultural variation in CSCW research and tool development. It will start with a brief overview of currently popular theories of cultural difference, followed by panelist and discussant presentations addressing key issues with respect to culture: (a) Are cultural differences an important concept for CSCW? (b) If so, what are appropriate ways to characterize these differences? (c) What kinds of differences are most relevant to our work? We will end the panel with audience questions and commentary.

Monday, Feb. 8, 16:30-18:00

Panel 2: Tapping the Social Web for CSCW Research: Terms of Service, Ethics, and Bias

Social, collaborative web applications such as Facebook, YouTube, Flickr are invaluable sources of network, social, and behavioral data. They are also increasingly used to recruit participants for experimental, survey, interview and ethnographic studies. Two sets of issues arise for conducting relevant, valuable, ethical and meaningful research. First, issues derive from restrictions imposed by companiesí legal Terms and Conditions - specifically, sites and services are laden with conditions of access that may constrain researchers from being able to collect the data they need to address research questions. Second, questions arise around research validity and research ethics. Where access is possible at all, sampling can be skewed owing the specifics of the implementation of the emergent social graph. Additionally given the nature of social sites, inadvertent violation of researcher/participant privacy can result from the ready availability of personal content - and the facility with which one can view content generated by those who are linked to study participants but who may not themselves be participants. In this panel, we bring researchers and industrial representatives together to discuss these and related issues - addressing what issues arise when attempting to conduct valid and ethical research, while adhering to industry requirements.

Tuesday, Feb. 9, 16:30-18:00

Panel 3: Get Off My e-Lawn: Mulching Youth and Technology

In this panel we will discuss how youth, including children, pre-teens, teens and young adults interact with social media, and how that interaction might differ from that experienced by adults. While not primarily concerned with the educational effects of social media, we will discuss how social media is both used in the classroom, but shut down at many schools as well. Other topics will include how youth understand social media, their privacy concerns, and inherent barriers to adoption by populations of youth.

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