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Anne-Lise Charbonnier - 3/08/2018

Back to the ECSCW 2018 conference

Valérie Issarny - © Inria

From 4 to 8 June, Inria Nancy Grand - Est organised the European conference ECSCW: “The European Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work: The International Venue on Practice–centred Computing and the Design of Cooperation Technologies”.

The Coast team and Inria researcher Claudia Ignat were behind this event: this team is specialised in the study of collaborative systems without a central authority, but not only...

The ECSCW conference is the benchmark European conference in computer-supported cooperative work and its practices, and the design of cooperation techniques.

Its strength lies in its multidisciplinarity. It enables both sociologists, psychologists and computer scientists to come together and the in-depth study of human behaviour faced with social and collaborative systems. Indeed, there are numerous questions with regard to the design of the systems, the use of these specific systems, collaboration in software engineering, etc.

One of the highlights of the conference was dedicated to social networks and societal impact: Blockchain, Twitter policy, but also how people cooperate between themselves, how they use online systems, forums, etc. For example, a study was presented on the public's perception of critical tweets in the online campaigns of four populist politicians.

What can be underlined in this event is the collaborative work put in place between scientists from different disciplines on current societal subjects.
Numerous exciting and diverse subjects were presented, which were both topical and related to our everyday digital reflexes!

Two great specialists in digital labour and collaborative services took part:

  • Antonio Casilli, professor at the graduate engineering school Télécom ParisTech and sociologist at the School of Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS). His research particularly focuses on computing uses, politics and health. He initiated the French academic and public debate on digital labour. His work: “Who works your data?” shows that behind 'AIs' there are many micro-workers - paid or unpaid - who participate in their training and even their operation. He has co-written numerous works such as “What is digital labour?” (with D. Cardon); “Against the hypothesis of the end of privacy” (with P. Tubaro and Y. Sarabi); “Digital relationships”, and has, as a result, taken part in a number of radio programmes on digital labour. His work has been the subject of many articles and reports in the international media (Le Monde, ARTE, BBC, etc.)
  • Valérie Issarny , Inria research director and coordinator of the Inria@SiliconValley laboratory since 2013, is specialised in the study of middleware solutions facilitating the development of distributed collaborative services. Valérie came to talk to us about the issue of interoperability of the online social networks (OSNS: Online Social Network Services) and to present her research on the introduction of a global online social network that would enable users to interact by using their favourite OSNS (siloed), thereby making everyone's daily digital life easier!

The 2018 edition of the ECSCW conference, organised under the patronage of EUSSET (European Society for Socially Embedded Technologies), welcomed around 100 participants from different disciplines. It took place over three days, interspersed with convivial moments (welcome reception, guided tour of Nancy and the traditional gala dinner at the Meurthe and Moselle Chamber of Commerce and Industry); it was preceded by a workshop but also a doctoral colloquium, which enabled the youngest members of the community - in particular PhD students - to take to the floor.

The next meeting of the ECSCW conference has already been set for 2019 in Salzburg, Austria, from 8 to 12 June !

Keywords: Inria research centre - Nancy - Grand Est Collaborative work Claudia-Lavinia Ignat COAST Cooperative applications