Twenty-one years since the first DIAC Symposium!
Tools for Participation: Collaboration, Deliberation, and Decision Support
Directions and Implications of Advanced Computing Symposium Conference on Online Deliberation (DIAC-2008/OD2008)
Sponsored by Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility and UC Berkeley School of Information
Partners: National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD)
University of California, Berkeley
June 26 - 29, 2008
At the dawn of the 21st century humankind faces challenges of profound proportions. The ability of people around the world to discuss, work,
make decisions, and take action collaboratively is one of the most important capabilities for addressing these challenges.
Researchers, scholars, activists, advocates, artists, educators, technologists, designers, students, policy-makers, entrepreneurs,
journalists and citizens are rising to these challenges in many ways,including, devising new communication technologies that build on the
opportunities afforded by the Internet and other new (as well as old) media. The interactions between technological and social systems are of
special and central importance in this area.
DIAC-08 combines CPSR's 11th DIAC symposium with the third Conference on Online Deliberation. The joint conference is intended to provide a
platform and a forum for highlighting socio-technological opportunities, challenges, and pitfalls in the area of community and civic action.
Technology enhanced community action ranges from informal communities of practice to democratic governance of formal organizations to large
We are especially interested in technology development that is already being tested or fielded. We are also interested in theoretical and other
intellectual work that helps build understanding and support for future efforts. In addition to exploring social technology, we must at the same
time understand and advance the social context of technology, including its design, access, use, policy and evaluation, as well as intellectual
frameworks and perspectives that inform technological as well as social innovation including requirements, case studies, critique and
self-reflection, and infrastructures for future work.
Our areas of focus include but are not limited to: deliberative and collaborative systems, e-democracy and e-participation, mobilization and
organization, negotiation, consultation, sustainability, community support systems, open source models, human rights, ecological awareness,
conflict resolution, justice, transparency systems, media and civic journalism, media literacy, power research, citizen science, economic
development and opportunity, peace and reconciliation, infrastructure development, policy, education, community networks, research and
development for civil society, social software, virtual communities and civic intelligence.
We are currently interested in the following types of submissions: research paper and exploratory paper presentations (both of which will
be peer reviewed), technology demonstrations, workshops and poster sessions. We are currently seeking co-sponsors who can help provide
various types of assistance. We are also seeking donations and other support (including volunteer labor) to help make this event successful.
The DIAC symposia have resulted in six book publications (in addition to the proceedings). Although we don't have specific plans at this time, we
are hoping to publish our seventh book based on this event.
Guidelines for papers and other submissions
All submissions must be made via the conference submission system on the DIAC-08 web site. Submissions should be written in English and foreign
speakers are encouraged to have their submissions reviewed for language prior to submission. Submissions should be formatted for "US Letter"
size using 11 point Times-Roman font. Research papers should be a maximum of 10 pages. Accepted research papers should be revised
according to reviewer comments and resubmitted by the deadline. Workshop proposals (two pages) should include motivation, objectives, expected
outcomes, intended audience, process (including specific description of how people will be engaged during the workshop). Taking a cue from PDC
2008, we are also interested in exploratory papers (4 pages), that reflect novel concepts, works-in-progress, reflections, manifestos or
other ideas and issues that aren't currently suitable for a research paper.
January 1, 2007 Submission system available January 15, 2007 Early
registration begins February 15, 2008 Research paper submissions due
March 15, 2008 Demonstration, workshop proposals due April 1, 2008
Notices of research paper acceptances April 15, 2008 Poster proposals
due May 1, 2008 Late registration begins May 15, 2008 Completed research
papers due June 26 - June 29, 2008 DIAC-2008/OD2008
Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility
CPSR is a public-interest alliance of people concerned about the impact of information and communications technology on society. By sponsoring
international, national, and local projects and events, CPSR serves as a catalyst for in-depth discussion and effective action in key areas.
UC Berkeley School of Information
Providing the world with innovative information solutions and leadership, the UC Berkeley School of Information conducts research,
provides policy counsel, and trains information professionals in five areas of concentration including information design and architecture,
information assurance, social studies of information, human-computer interaction, and information economics and policy.
Todd Davies, Jerome Feldman, and Douglas Schuler
We also recommend the Participatory Design Conference which will be held in Bloomington, Indiana, USA. September 30, 2008 - October 4, 2008. See
http://www.pdc2008.org/. The theme of this 10th PDC is "Experiences and Challenges" and it is an excellent opportunity to reassess the
achievements of the PD movement and to consider its future