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Computing Professionals for Social Responsibility: The Past, Present and Future Values of Participatory Design

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  • Christoph Becker, University of Toronto
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  • Ann Light, University of Sussex
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  • Chris Frauenberger, Vienna University of Technology
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  • Dawn Walker, University of Toronto
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  • Victoria Palacin, University of Helsinki
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  • Syed Ishtiaque Ahmed, University of Toronto
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  • Rachel Charlotte Smith
  • Pedro Reynolds Cuellar, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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  • David Nemer, University of Virginia

Values play a central role in technology design. But beyond acknowledging the politics of technology, questions remain around where those values are coming from, which values we need, and how they play out and shape the socio-technical systems we create. New challenges such as the climate crisis and societal polarization call for technologists to become part of the public and political arena. This results in a new sense of responsibility, but the closing of CPSR, the Computing Professionals for Social Responsibility, has left a gap. Today, across tech workers, academics and computing professionals, there is a renewed sense of urgency for engaging the public and politics to change course in how computing shapes society. What should a CPSR for the 21st century look like? This interactive workshop aims to re-invigorate the debate around values and social responsibility in Participatory Design with special attention to the Latin American context.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPDC '20 : Proceedings of the 16th Participatory Design Conference 2020 - Participation(s) Otherwise
EditorsChiara Del Gaudio, Leonardo Parra-Agudelo, Rachel Clarke, Joanna Saad-Sulonen, Andrea Botero, Andrea Botero, Felipe Cesar Londono, Felipe Cesar Londono, Paula Andrea Escandon Suarez
Number of pages4
Place of publicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication yearJun 2020
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-7606-8
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2020
Event16th Participatory Design Conference: Participation(s) Otherwise, PDC 2020 - Manizales, Colombia
Duration: 15 Jun 202019 Jun 2020


Conference16th Participatory Design Conference: Participation(s) Otherwise, PDC 2020
SeriesACM International Conference Proceeding Series

    Research areas

  • CPSR, professional responsibility, social responsibility, values, values in design, values-led participatory design

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