Towards a Material Ethics of Computing

Jen Liu, Cindy Kaiying Lin, Anne Pasek, Robert Soden, Lace Padilla, Daniela Rosner, Steven Jackson

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


As concerns around climate change escalate, the need to address the environmental impacts of computing becomes more dire. While urgent action is needed, there is also opportunity to rectify longstanding inequities and injustices present in the relationship between computing and the environment. The aim of this one-day hybrid workshop is to gather researchers and practitioners and develop a material ethics of computing. We frame material ethics as a shared understanding of the relations between material and labor that shape digital infrastructures. Through presentations, discussions, and facilitated activities, we aim to build a research community to understand how computing facilitate sites of environmental damage and degradation, and also spaces for justice, change, and hope.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCHI 2022 - Extended Abstracts of the 2022 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
ISBN (Electronic)9781450391566
StatePublished - Apr 27 2022
Event2022 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA 2022 - Virtual, Online, United States
Duration: Apr 30 2022May 5 2022

Publication series

NameConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings


Conference2022 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA 2022
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityVirtual, Online

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Software


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