Georgia Tech at #CSCW2021

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Researchers Take on the Premier Venue
for Computer-Supported Cooperative Work

From Oct. 23-27, Georgia Tech faculty and students will participate in the 24th annual Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, held virtually for the second consecutive year. The conference focuses on research in the design and use of technologies that affect groups, organizations, communities, and networks, and explores the social and theoretical challenges of designing new technologies. Explore this coverage of the conference to look at Georgia Tech’s contributions and larger trends from peers around the world.

This year, Georgia Tech’s faculty and student researchers were involved in 18 papers accepted to CSCW. Of those 18, three were recognized as Best Paper Honorable Mentions.

One, titled Evaluating the Effectiveness of Deplatforming as a Moderation Strategy on Twitter, explores the effect of a permanent ban of a controversial public figure with large followings on the social media platform and others like it. The paper was authored by former Georgia Tech Ph.D. student Shagun Jhaver (now at Rutgers University), current student Christian Boylston, Assistant Professor Diyi Yang, and Regents’ Professor Amy Bruckman.

Another, titled Exploring the Utility Versus Intrusiveness of Dynamic Audience Selection on Facebook, looks at both the benefits and pitfalls of a potential feature called “dynamic audience selection” on Facebook. While this might provide customizability and more control to individual users, researchers found, there were also tradeoffs in transparency, distrust in algorithmic inferences, and the emergence of privacy-violating side channels. The paper was authored by Sindhu Ernala (Georgia Tech), Stephanie Yang (Georgia Tech), Yuxi Wu (Georgia Tech), Rachel Chen (IBM), Kristen Wells (Georgia Tech), and Sauvik Das (Georgia Tech).

The last Honorable Mention is titled Infrastructuring Telehealth in (In)Formal Patient-Doctor Contexts. Although most health care systems have prioritized in-person approaches, the COVID-19 pandemic brought forth a new challenge in which remote telehealth options were not only attractive options, but often required. The need to formalize telehealth infrastructures was examined in this paper, which was authored by Karthik Bhat (Georgia Tech), Mohit Jain (Microsoft Research), and Neha Kumar (Georgia Tech).

Explore these papers and more at the links below, which offer context into some of the hottest current topics being examined by researchers around the world, a look at some of Georgia Tech’s own research, and a link to the full CSCW 2021 program.

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CSCW 2021 Program