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CHCI Playdate: Designing Systems of Truth

March 16, 2018 @ 8:30 am - 9:30 am UTC-5

Kurt Luther will lead a panel on Designing for Socio-technical Systems of Truth. This theme was recently addressed in a two-day workshop held in early March at VT led by the Social Informatics group of the Center for HCI.

In a society now frequently labeled “post-factual,” how can we create social technologies that support the pursuit of facts and encourage trustworthy institutions? What designs and design processes can prevent these technologies from becoming fonts of vigilantism, harassment, destructive rumors, and systemic bias? This playdate panel focuses on systems-level processes of questioning and accountability that enable a deeper understanding of the world through the careful, comprehensive gathering and analysis of evidence.

We consider various parts of an investigative pipeline, from ethical information gathering and archiving, to balanced and insightful analysis, to responsible content authoring and dissemination, to productive reflection and discourse among users about its implications. This panel should appeal to a range of disciplines engaging with socio-technical systems of truth, including communication, journalism, computer science, design, and science and technology studies.

Panelists: Kurt Luther, Deborah Tatar, Andrea Kavanaugh


March 16, 2018
8:30 am - 9:30 am


ICAT Learning Studio
253 Moss Arts Center + Google Map