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Here you can find the bios and submissions for those attending the Untold Stories workshop at CHI 2018 in Montréal, as well as the bios of the organisers.

Andy Dow is a PhD student in the Digital Civics Centre Doctoral Training at Newcastle University, UK. My PhD focuses on creating digital systems that capture the voice, opinions and experiences of people making use of care support services, as a means to provide data for service innovation. Employing Participatory Action Research methods: qualitative design practices and participatory design, I have an interest in co-producing technologies with community partners and consumers of support services.

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Cale J. Passmore I am a White-passing settler of mixed Black Irish, Scottish, Finnish, and English ancestry, born in Treaty 4 and currently living in Treaty 6 Territory / Saskatoon. Raised in a blue-collar, middle class family, I have worked professionally across multiple fields of academia (from English and Philosophy to Computer Science and Governance) for more than 13 years. Though I am from Calgary/Treaty 4 and have lived in almost every major city of this country, I am grateful to consider my home Saskatoon/Treaty 6. Nowhere else have I encountered such difficult but heartfelt social relations. Here we see some of the most aggressive and institutional racism and bigotry; we also see some of the most transformative and active resistance. What results from this boiling pot of tensions is a lot of precedence setting for the rest of Canada. Canada, in turn, often informs many of our global multicultural relations.

The dynamics involved in interpersonal differences have been apparent to me since childhood. What began as a curiosity in the conventionally “gross” and/or “weird” led me, in adulthood, to theories of functional intersectionality, interdisciplinary research, multiculturalism, and sovereignty. My pull to make human relations comprehensible to me brought me to study psychology, anthropology, political science, philosophy, history, language, and now computer science.

I have accumulated a BA (honors) in English, a BA (honors) in psychology, an MA in Critical and Cultural Theory, which has led me to publish papers, lead conferences, and lecture in fields spanning arts, humanities, and social sciences. I have worked in labs concerned with international Northern policy and governance, Indigenous-Settler relations, and psychology of relationships. Working in the Human Computer Interaction Lab at USASK, I was selected by Regan Mandryk for a Ph.D. in computer science to apply my experience in therapeutic and cross-cultural psychology to issues in HCI. My research now focuses on applying critical race theory and ethnocentric health systems to cross-cultural applications of persuasive technologies.

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Cristian Bogdan

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Daniel Diethi is a PhD candidate in the field of human-computer interaction at the University of Bremen, Germany. Previously, he studied human-computer interaction at the University of Würzburg, Germany. His research focus is on human factors. For his master’s thesis he designed a power plant control room in virtual reality. Besides that, he worked on usability tests for infusion pumps in the intensive-care unit at Toronto General Hospital. He wrote his bachelor’s thesis on radar displays for air traffic controllers at the German Aerospace Center. He also worked for the Siemens Healthineers, improving user interfaces for X-ray systems.

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Matthew Snape I am a mature Postgraduate Researcher at Open Lab, University of Newcastle. I am working with the local franchise office of a national charity, the research partner for my PhD. This is consistent with my University’s commitment to being a ‘civic university’ and with Open Lab’s commitment to socially responsible projects embedded in the local community [11]. I am integrated within the partner organization as a Volunteer Consultant as a ‘critical friend’ for the CEO and executive decision-makers. I am also an HCI Researcher within the sub-field of Digital Civics. The ongoing nature of the relationship as an active participant within the organization means that my research will necessarily be subjective and entangled, but both roles position me as an outsider/expert and vary with context. Negotiating my dual role, in the sense of negotiating a challenging situation like a ship in dangerous waters [15], presents many challenges.

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Megan Hofmann is a PhD Student in the Human Computer Interaction Institute, advised by Jennifer Mankoff and Scott Hudson. Her research focuses on designing tools to support makers in domains and contexts, such as 3D printing assistive devices by and for people with disabilities, 3D printing in clinical contexts, and rapid prototyping and fabrication in harsh environments. Megan pulls from heavily qualitative methods such as ethnography and participatory design to elucidate the needs and values of unique populations. She translates this knowledge in to computer aided design tools that support the wider maker community.

Megan received her BS in Computer Science from Colorado State University. Her undergraduate research was advised by Jaime Ruiz, Amy Hurst, Jennifer Mankoff and Scott Hudson. Megan has been recognized with the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and the Center for Machine Learning and Health Fellowship.

Jennifer Mankoff is the Richard E. Ladner Professor in the Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington. Her research focuses on making technology that can be used to address issues impacting diversity, in domains such as accessibility for people with disabilities, health, and sustainability. Jennifer applies a human-centered approach that combines empirical methods and technical innovation to solve pressing social problems. For example, she has designed 3D-printed assistive technologies for people with disabilities and developed tools to influence energy saving behavior in landlord/tenant communities. Jennifer received her PhD at Georgia Tech, advised by Gregory Abowd and Scott Hudson, and her B.A. from Oberlin College. Her previous faculty positions include UC Berkeley’s EECS department and Carnegie Mellon’s HCI Institute. Jennifer has been recognized with an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, IBM Faculty Fellowship and Best Paper awards from ASSETS, CHI and Mobile HCI. Some supporters of her research include Autodesk, Google Inc., the Intel Corporation, IBM, Hewlett- Packard, Microsoft Corporation and the National Science Foundation.

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Oliver Bates I am a Senior Research associate at Lancaster University who works in areas relating to environmental sustainability and through my recent work with ‘life style couriers’ [1] have become increasingly motivated by the lack of social justice in the gig-economy and parcel delivery industry. I am currently working as part of Freight Traffic Control 2050 (FTC2050) 1 that looks to develop new understandings of how collaboration and consolidation in last mile logistics (specifically parcel deliveries) can encourage a reduction in carbon emissions. I’m looking forward to being part of the Third Sector HCI club and developing a strong code of practice that I can apply in my current and future research. I am particularly passionate about pushing the boundaries of my own work and connecting it to organisations that lobby and take action for environmental and social justice agendas.

In previous work I’ve worked closely with policy and policy Life-style couriers are self-employed in UK law, they have varied and often no guaranteed work, zero-hour contracts, or are working flexible hours de- pendant on employer demand (cf. ’gig-economy’ and on- demand workers). Their rights and employment categorisation remain a contested issue [3, 7]. makers [5, 1] but (unfortunately) have had little experience communicating my research to Third Sector organisations. I am particularly interested in developing strong links with the third sector and NGOs, to consider how academia can build tools to support and enable relationships with these organisations and work to effect practice change within SIGCHI and organisations that promote justice and unity. Given the themes of environmental and social justice in my work I am excited to discuss some of these issues at the work- shop and develop a plan that can help take my research in a direction that speaks more clearly to third sector organisations and NGOs.

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Rosie Bellini My background is originally in philosophy, with specific interests in political philosophy, phenomenology and challenging preconceptions towards the commodification of the body in sex work. To expand my ability to apply theoretical frameworks to modern day problems, I undertook an MSc in Computer Science, completing my thesis within Open Lab. As part of my Centre for Doctoral Training MRes, I conducted a study on how we can configure environments and implement technologies that encourage individuals to speak more openly about their experiences of bullying and harassment in the workplace. This was for the purpose of implementing bespoke, data-driven discussion groups, working towards fostering constructive working environments.

My current research interest is in the way in which digital technologies can be used to enhance the capabilities of individuals in intimate partner abuse situations and exploring alternative ways to provide and access third-sector digital service provision. I also have broader research interests in social justice and feminisms.

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Sarah Inman is a doctoral student in the Human Centered Design and Engineering program at the University of Washington. She has worked as a designer in an Information Technology department and has a background in Political Science and Science and Technology Studies. Her primary research interests include: 1) sociotechnical practices of large-scale research; 2) individual and collective tensions when solving global problems such as climate change; and 3) design of visualization tools for revealing common errors and transformations in data scientific work. She is currently researching the challenges of drawing together heterogeneous Alaskan Salmon data from across diverse scientific and regulatory actors.

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Angelika Strohmayer is a PhD candidate in Digital Civics at Newcastle University in the UK. She has worked with and in a number of third sector organisations in sensitive settings in European and International Development contexts both in practitioner and researcher roles. She has interests in feminist, creative, and reflexive methodologies and the ways in which we co-design and co-research with charities.

Matthew Marshall is a PhD candidate in Digital Civics at Newcastle University in the UK. His work focuses on how charities can use technology to develop new ways of becoming transparent and accountable to their stakeholders through interactions around work, outcomes and money. He has interests in Marxist modes of production where workers own the value of their labour, and likes to perform research through fieldwork and getting “stuck in”.

Nitya Verma is a PhD candidate in the Human-Centered Computing department at Indiana University in Indianapolis. Her work focuses on how human-services organizations and their varied stakeholders participate in the big data phenomena and its implications for use and design of these technologies. More specifically, she has interests in the lived experience of the big data rhetoric and technologies in the policing context (i.e. non-profits, activist groups and police departments), and likes to conduct qualitative fieldwork.

Chris Bopp is a PhD student at the University of Colorado Boulder. He works with human services nonprofit organizations as a community-based researcher to understand the challenges of using information systems to measure social impact. He is interested in the connections between aggregation of data and measurement of community level change, and the potential for data to accurately represent nonprofit work and social impact.

Róisín McNaney is a Lecturer in Digital Healthcare Technologies at Lancaster University in the UK. She has extensive experience engaging multiple self-organized health charities, relating to Parkinson’s and Stroke, in HCI research, spending two years as the vice chair of the Parkinson’s UK Newcastle Branch support group. She has experience organizing previous CHI workshops within the themes of ethics and vulnerability.

Amy Voida is a founding Assistant Professor in the Department of Information Science at the University of Colorado Boulder. She also holds an adjunct appointment with the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. Dr. Voida conducts empirical and design research in human–computer interaction with a focus on philanthropic informatics— an interdisciplinary domain exploring the role of information and communication technologies in supporting and provoking initiatives for the public good.

David Kirk is Professor of Digital Living at Northumbria University in the UK. He has worked with a number of cultural institutions and third sector organisations in sensitive settings. He has interests in research ethics and value-centred design and has recently been exploring accounting practices in small charities. He has extensive experience of organising and running successful CHI workshops, across a range of topics.

Nic Bidwell is a Professor at the Universities of Namibia and Pretoria, and part of the team for the Association of Progressive Communications (APC) new Local Access Project. Her research focuses on designing and understanding interactions with technologies that suit the communication and knowledge ecologies of rural, Indigenous and African people. Nic pursues a located accountability in co-generating methods, situated within local discourses, to empower local inhabitants and early-career scholars in research. She has partnered with several NGOs and indigenous groups in projects, received the first IFIP TC 13 award for contributions to Interaction Design for International Development and was technical co-chair for the inaugural AfriCHI. —

Last Updated : 14 March 2018