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SIE 12: Engaging Speculative Practices to Probe Values & Ethics in Sociotechnical Systems
10:30am - 12:00pm
Engaging Speculative Practices to Probe Values & Ethics in Sociotechnical Systems
R. Y. Wong, N. Merrill
Speculative practices have recently emerged from design-based research as an effective set of methods and orientations for probing how values become embedded in, and emerge from, sociotechnical systems. These can be used to both critically analyze existing arrangements of sociotechnical systems and explore possible alternative arrangements. While many disciplinary outlooks within iSchools engage in such questions, not all research practitioners have exposure to speculative practices and methods. This SIE seeks to engage researchers from diverse disciplinary traditions in activities using first-hand, participatory experience with speculative research methods, and to imagine what role these methods might play in various research programs.