Special Theme Session: Justice through Technology

In addition to the regular ComputEL-6 programming, this year we will be hosting a special theme session discussion in concert with ICLDC8. In keeping with the theme of ICLDC8, this Special Session at ComputEL-6 will focus on “Justice through Technology”. The goal of this Special Theme Session is to increase our shared understanding of how language technology can help, or harm, the pursuit of social justice and equity.

We invite presentations that address two broad topics: (1) Justice in Data and (2) Justice in Language Technology, within the context of endangered languages and associated communities. Abstracts making reference to an endangered language community should be co-authored with a member of the community.

Presentations addressing Justice in Data can engage questions such as:

  • What unique biases exist in data for endangered languages?
  • How can researchers ensure equity when collecting and disseminating data?
  • What role can (and should) equity play in data access rights?
  • What do social justice and equity look like in a researcher-community partnership?
  • What are the key considerations in pursuing justice and equity when working with an endangered language community?

Presentations that addressing Justice in Language Technology can engage questions such as:

  1. How can technologies address social justice and equity?
  2. How can technologies support pluricentrism and how can this promote access and social justice?
  3. How do the goals and needs of researchers and endangered language communities differ in their approaches to social justice and equity?
  4. How can we address potential problems for equity and social justice related to language technology?

In addition to these two topics, more general discussions on the ethics, conception, and practical implementation of social justice through language technology are invited. Ideal submissions should identify an issue and evaluate possible solutions.

Submissions to the Special Theme Session
Please use the following link to submit your paper: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=computel6

As with the regular session papers, the deadline for the special theme session is November 20, 2022. Please submit anonymous abstracts of up to 1500 words, excluding references. Submissions to this special theme session do not need to conform to ACL Style guides, but must be submitted in PDF. Submissions with participation from community members are strongly encouraged

Important Dates:

20-November-2022 Deadline for submissions
20-January-2023   Notification of acceptance
10-February-2023 Camera-ready papers due
1-March-2023 Presentation uploads due 
5 and 6-March-2023 Workshop

Organizing Committee

Atticus Harrigan (University of Alberta)
Aditi Chaudhary (Carnegie Mellon University)
Shruti Rijhwani (Carnegie Mellon University)
Sarah Moeller (University of Florida)
Antti Arppe (University of Alberta)
Alexis Palmer (University of Colorado Boulder)
Ryan Henke (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Daisy Rosenblum (The University of British Columbia)

Contact – website and email

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