The emergence and fast-paced development of technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), big data analytics, virtual and augmented reality, and embedded and ubiquitous computing present myriad forms of opportunities and challenges. For example, the increasing role of AI in autonomous systems (e.g., self-driving cars or production robots) and the role of social media in disseminating misinformation have both created anxieties in our society ranging from discussions about job security to concerns about the future of democracy. Understanding the impacts of these emerging technologies requires a multidisciplinary, sociotechnical approach; accordingly, this line of investigation must inevitably engage with major questions regarding sustainability, privacy, human agency, equity, and the ethics and governance of information technologies. To this end, SIG Social Informatics will join forces with SIG Information Ethics and Policy and SIG Social Media to create just such a multidisciplinary forum, in the form of the 14th Annual Social Informatics Research Symposium as a full-day pre-conference workshop during the ASIS&T annual meeting.
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