[SIGCIS-Members] CFP - ACM FAccT (formerly ACM FAT*)

Abeba Birhane abeba.birhane at ucdconnect.ie
Wed Aug 12 13:53:52 PDT 2020

Dear all,

Hope you are keeping safe and well.

We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the 2021 ACM conference on
Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency --  FAccT (formerly known as ACM
FAT*) is now open. We welcome scholarship in dialogue with fairness,
accountability, and transparency in computational systems, including
critical approaches that investigate core assumptions and propose
alternative designs, practices, and policies.

This year’s conference will take place in the context of a worldwide
reckoning with racism and other forms of injustice, in society generally
and within the field of computing in particular. Such questions are not
only a matter of personal and professional concern, but also a perennial
focus of FAccT scholarship. *In this light, we especially welcome attention
to insufficiently addressed issues in computing* such as: How do
algorithmic systems develop in relation to racism and anti-blackness? How
should the field address the problems and opportunities of intersectional
perspectives on fairness? What kinds of marginalization are relevant to the
concerns of ACM FAccT? How can perspectives and tools from gender/LGBTQ
studies, postcolonial studies, indigenous studies, racial and ethnic
studies, migration studies, work on disability and other relevant domains
inform a broad perspective on how to frame and advance social justice in
relation to design of computational systems?

Submissions might include (but not limited to) the following areas:

   - *Algorithm Development* *e.g.* Fairness; Interpretable and explainable
   models; Data collection and curation
   - *Data and Algorithm Evaluation* *e.g.* Metrics; Audits; Evaluations
   - *Applications* *e.g.* NLP; Computer vision; Search engines;
   Recommender systems; Programming languages; Databases
   - *Human Factors* *e.g.* Human-computer interaction; Humans-in-the-loop;
   Information visualization; UX design; Community or participatory-research
   - *Privacy and Security* *e.g.* Formal approaches; Privacy-preserving
   models; Usable privacy and security
   - *Law and Policy* *e.g.* Organizational governance; Data protection;
   Non-discrimination; Codes of ethics; Models from historically marginalized
   perspectives (*e.g.* Global Southern, feminist, communitarian, or
   Indigenous perspectives)
   - *Humanistic theory and critique* *e.g.* Interrogating foundational
   concepts; Bridging critical concepts across fields; Philosophical, moral
   and ethical analysis
   - *Social and organizational processes* *e.g.* Algorithms in
   organizations and institutions; Social, cultural, and historical shaping of
   algorithmic phenomena; algorithmic impacts on social phenomena
   - *Community-based approaches* *e.g.* Participatory algorithm design;
   Community designed and maintained systems; Activism-driven technological
   - *Education* *e.g.* Pedagogical approaches, proposals, and experiences
   in areas of relevance to FAccT

We welcome submissions on these topics from a broad set of expertise from a
wide variety of disciplines, including computer science, statistics, the
humanities, and law. More details can be found here:

Paper pre-registration: 30 September 2020

Paper submission: 7 October 2020

Notifications: 11 December 2020

Conference: early March 2021

All deadlines are at 11:59 PM anywhere on earth (AoE) on the given date.

Questions? Contact the Program Co-chairs: program-chairs at facctconference.org.
And stay tuned for updates by following @facctconference on Twitter.

Please forward this call to other people or groups you think may be

Best wishes,


Cognitive Science Ph.D. candidate
Complex Software Lab,
Lero - The Irish Software Research Centre
School of Computer Science and Informatics
University College Dublin, Ireland
t: @Abebab
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