The ACM Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency (FAccT) conference is one of the academic research venues where data and computer scientists—often in dialogue with community organizers, advocates, and policy actors—forge best practices in AI ethics. Within the conference, critical scholars formed a dedicated track called “Critiquing and Rethinking Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency” (CRAFT) to build bridges from the conference to people who contend with computing systems from many different angles—from journalism and organizing, art and education, to advocacy and governance and beyond.
The CRAFT track presents a unique opportunity within an academic conference to center the impact of technology on communities and the policy implications that arise from that impact. Centering critique, reflection, and power will help to ground what is at stake in the research output of the conference, which largely features paper presentations from scholars in computer science, law, ethics, sociology, and other disciplines.
We are seeking session proposals from both academics and engaged practitioners in a diversity of fields to shape the terms by which we discuss, debate, regulate, limit and design these tools. Vital contributions to CRAFT in the past have included:
In the spirit of reflection and response, we invite academics of all disciplines; people in different communities of practice (community organizers, journalists, activists, advocates, educators, artists, public sector workers, etc.); and people directly impacted by such systems to apply to present at CRAFT, a program embedded in the ACM FAccT conference.
Please submit contributions in the form of workshops, panels, activities, unconferences, etc. to:
In addition to contributions that explore the problem space in greater depth and from broader perspectives, we particularly encourage proposals that describe community- and advocacy-led solutions to the challenges that biased machine learning and other tools present.
Below we offer a set of themes as a starting point for CRAFT proposals; this list is not exhaustive.
We will accept approximately 15 presentations for in-person CRAFT sessions and approximately 5 online-only sessions.
Our goal is to provide funds that enable participation by organizers of all accepted CRAFT sessions. Accepted presenters will be able to submit via separate applications for travel funding support and for childcare/caregiver funding support, which will be allocated based on need and administered by the conference Financial Support Chairs.
Note that funds will be administered through reimbursement instead of in advance.
While this year’s conference will be in-person, applicants should explore avenues for supporting online participation and identify what their A/V needs would be to this end.
In the spirit of openness, we welcome contributions in a variety of different formats. These may include, but are not limited to the following:
Feel free to propose another format. We especially encourage proposals that feature or bring together people from different backgrounds, such as different disciplinary, epistemological or institutional orientations and bring new communities, movements, organizations, or positions to the conference.
Submit your proposal via Google Forms. Your proposal should include sufficient information to evaluate it among other proposals.
To submit your proposal, use this link: https://forms.gle/89RnEa4KE968m2q69
Note the 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.
CRAFT submissions will be selected by the CRAFT chairs in consultation with the FAccT organizing committee, with selections made by quality and the need for a balanced and diverse program of interest to the FAccT community.
The review process will focus on three basic areas: