Consequences, schmonsequences! Considering the future as part of publication and peer review in computing research

M Sturdee, J Lindley, C Linehan, C Elsden, N Kumar, T Dillahunt, R Mandryk, J Vines

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Research in computing is becoming increasingly concerned with understanding and mitigating unintended consequences of technology developments. However, those concerns are rarely reflected in how we submit, review, and publish our own work. Specifically, in talking about how our new apps, devices, and algorithms will change the world, we focus almost exclusively on positive consequences. There have been calls to require some speculation about negative impacts as part of the peer review process. This workshop will explore how to think about and report potential negative consequences in our papers in a way that’s practical, inclusive, and achievable. 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. The workshop aims to inspire the CHI conference and the computing research community to meaningfully consider and act upon the potential negative implications of their work.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI'21
Subtitle of host publicationextended abstracts of the 2021 CHI conference on human factors in computing systems
EditorsYoshifumi Kitamura, Aaron Quigley
Place of PublicationNew York, NY
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9781450380959
Publication statusPublished - 8 May 2021
Event2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems: Making Waves, Combining Strengths, - Virtual, Online, Japan
Duration: 8 May 202113 May 2021


Conference2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Abbreviated titleCHI 2021
CityVirtual, Online
Internet address


  • Consequences
  • Futuring
  • Ideation
  • Peer review
  • Publication


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