A Higher Purpose: Towards a Social Justice Informatics Research Framework

Jasmina Tacheva, Sepideh Namvarrad, Najla Almissalati

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Abstract

In today’s complex information environment, marked by deepening societal divides and growing inequality, issues of equity and justice are no longer the exclusive domain of the humanities and a handful of humanities-driven social scientists in the fields of information and technology. Instead, a growing number of researchers are seeking to make the intersection of information and technology on the one hand, and human flourishing and liberation, especially with respect to marginalized communities, on the other, the central focus of their teaching and research. Rather than trying to pigeon-hole these efforts as a distinct stream of research in the field of information and technology, this paper argues that centering questions of justice ought to be considered as the foundation of the field and therefore should permeate any epistemological agenda within in. To this end, we offer six actionable principles to help guide information researchers interested in justice-focused work which we refer to as social justice informatics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInformation for a Better World
Subtitle of host publicationShaping the Global Future - 17th International Conference, iConference 2022, Proceedings
EditorsMalte Smits
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Pages265-271
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9783030969561
DOIs
StatePublished - 2022
Event17th International Conference on Information for a Better World: Shaping the Global Future, iConference 2022 - Virtual, Online
Duration: Feb 28 2022Mar 4 2022

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume13192 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference17th International Conference on Information for a Better World: Shaping the Global Future, iConference 2022
CityVirtual, Online
Period2/28/223/4/22

Keywords

  • Critical theory
  • Data justice
  • Social justice informatics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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