The ACM FAccT conference has predominantly focused on Fairness, Accountability and Transparency in computing systems. This focus on fairness, accountability and transparency has also attracted critique and renewed attention to the limitations of achieving these goals in computing systems without a broader consideration outside the more traditional ML fields.
In the spirit of reflection and response, we invite academics of all disciplines and people representing different communities of practice (including journalism, activism, advocacy, public authorities, education, art, spirituality, etc.) to contribute to CRAFT, a program embedded in the ACM FAccT conference. This call invites contributions in the form of workshops, panels and other formats to:
In addition to contributions that explore the problem space in greater depth and from broader perspectives, we particularly encourage proposals that explore solution spaces, indicate mechanisms for positive change, or open possibilities for a greater conversation around countering automated injustices. We value proposals focused on interaction among participants, and we will prioritize formats that allow participants to share and explore starting assumptions, prior experiences or competing values and to foster community building, collaborative knowledge production and future engagement.
We aim to have a robust program of in-person CRAFT sessions, to take place in the COEX exhibition centre in Seoul. We therefore encourage applicants to attend the conference in person. However, we will also have room for some online-only CRAFT sessions.
Below we offer a set of themes, some of which build on last year’s CRAFT sessions and existing critiques, and others which point to new and emergent areas for research. Each theme is accompanied by a non-exhaustive list of questions that a proposal might seek to investigate, as a way of fleshing out the theme.
We think of these themes more as "continuous dimensions" than as "distinct categories." We invite you to identify the primary theme to which your proposal connects. You are welcome to mention additional themes that are relevant, but please explicitly name the most prominent theme that informs your proposal.
Theme 1: Modeling and (Non-)Deployment
Theme 2: Values, Assumptions and Context
Theme 3: Generating Higher Order Critiques
Theme 4: Emerging Problems
Theme 5: New Models of Engagement
Theme 6: Overlooked Disciplinary Approaches
In the spirit of openness, we welcome contributions in a variety of different formats. These may include, but are not limited to the following:
If you would like to propose another format or want to mix and match formats, please get in touch with us. In general, we welcome formats that differ from the conference program and avoid dominating the time with frontal presentations. We especially encourage proposals that bring together people from different backgrounds such as different disciplinary, epistemological or institutional practices, as well as contributions that bring in and bridge different communities, movements, organizations or positions.
Note (tutorials track): In addition to the CRAFT track, ACM FAccT also solicits proposals on the Tutorials track, which welcomes hands-on tutorials, translation tutorials and implications tutorials. If your proposal would be a better fit for that format, you can find more information here.
Because we are open to as many formats as possible, we recognize that proposals may contain people who play different roles. Please name these roles in your proposal. For example, some potential roles to mention are:
Important: Note that you can submit no more than two contributions to CRAFT as a coordinator.
Important: If you are proposing a workshop, panel, poster session or another group format, you will need enough time to either circulate your own call or wrangle people who will participate. Your proposal should include a timeline for distributing a call, as well as for completing your final program.
Submit your proposal as a single pdf at the EasyChair Submission site. Your proposal should include sufficient information to evaluate it equally among other proposals. We provide a template here so as to streamline the proposal process, as well as the selection process.
CRAFT submissions will be selected by the CRAFT chairs in consultation with the FAccT organizing committee, with selections governed by quality and the need for a balanced and diverse program of interest to the FAccT community.
The review process will focus on four basic areas:
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions.