COST Workshop co-located with ECSCW 2017: “Digital Platforms for the Collaborative Economy”

The COST action CA16121 is organising a workshop co-located with ECSCW 2017 in Sheffield, UK on the 28th August 2017.

This COST workshop will focus on digital platforms seen as enabler of the collaborative economy. We will consider the relation of design and politics in the wider socio-technical context in which these platforms operate, and deepen its understanding as a CSCW phenomenon. The issues proposed for discussion are related to business models, data ownership and use, motivations driving the design of digital platforms and their impact on the various actors involved.  Through a series of practical activities in small groups, we aim to encourage reflection on the use of CSCW theoretical concepts for highlighting particularities of the types of activities, cooperation, tools, or processes around using or developing these platforms. This one-day workshop will include presentations, group work and plenary discussions. In order to facilitate deep conversations, we are planning to limit the number of participants to maximum 16, including academics, researchers, graduate students and practitioners.

Our goal for the day is to consider the relation of design and politics in the wider socio-technical context in which platforms operate and understand it as a CSCW phenomenon. The afternoon’s discussions will further this aim. We will gather opinion on whether the field is sufficiently mature for a book or special issue to come out of the workshop. We will publish the contributions prior to the workshop on the workshop’s web page, together with other related materials.

More details on the workshop can be found at: https://sharingandcaringcostaction.wordpress.com/activities/digital-platforms-workshop/

Gabriela Avram / on behalf of the organising committee

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