We invite applications for innovative sessions (workshops, tutorials, lightning talks, panels etc) to be presented at CRAFT, a program embedded in the ACM Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency (FAccT) conference to be held Jun 3-6 in Rio de Janeiro (Brasil), 2024. Sessions should explore a critical question in computing and AI today from positionalities and perspectives often underrepresented at FAccT e.g. indigeneity, coloniality, feminist and gender politics, racial regimes, communality, AI and its environmental impact, Global South and majority world, etc. In the spirit of widening our community, we invite session proposals from: academics of all disciplines; people in different communities of practice and backgrounds (community organizers, journalists, activists, advocates, educators, artists, public sector workers, etc.); and people directly impacted by such systems. As the first year that FAccT is being organized in a Latin American country, we encourage CRAFT proposals that are rooted in and cater to the specific context of Latin America.
The ACM Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency (FAccT) conference is an interdisciplinary research venue where social and computer scientists—often in dialogue with activists, journalists, community organizers, advocates, and policy actors—forge best practices in technology, AI and computing. Within the conference, critical scholars formed a dedicated track called “Critiquing and Rethinking Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency” (CRAFT) to build bridges between 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 consider 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.
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. Please submit contributions in the form of workshops, panels, activities, unconferences, etc. to:
Below we offer a set of themes as a starting point for CRAFT proposals; this list is not exhaustive. We invite organizers to consider framings that take up these themes and provocations from positionalities and perspectives often underrepresented at FAccT e.g. indigeneity, coloniality, feminist and gender politics, racial regimes, communality, AI and its environmental impact, Global South and majority world, etc.
We will accept approximately 15 presentations for CRAFT sessions.
Where possible we encourage in person sessions or 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, if applicants want to host an online only or hybrid CRAFT they should identify what their A/V needs would be beforehand in the application.
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.
Please note that the ability to support remote presenters in hybrid sessions is still being finalized and may not meet demand. We encourage online-only or in person CRAFT sessions. To support in person sessions, organizers can apply for travel funding. Please let us know in your proposal if you have plans to organize hybrid sessions with remote presenters.
Submit your proposal via Frama Forms. Your proposal should include sufficient information to evaluate it among other proposals.
To submit your proposal, use this link: Frama Forms
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: