A Scoping Review of Ethics Across SIGCHI

Giovanna Nunes Vilaza, Kevin Doherty, Darragh McCashin, David Coyle, Jakob Bardram, Marguerite Barry

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Ethical deliberation has proved a consistent feature of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) since its earliest years, spanning the respectful involvement of research participants to design choices impacting fairness, freedom and welfare. Despite growing discussions, applied knowledge and practical approaches for navigating complex moral dilemmas remain challenging to grasp. Motivated by the need for a structured overview, this paper contributes a scoping review of ethics as discussed across 129 full-length SIGCHI papers containing the search term ‘ethic*’ in their title, abstract or authors’ keywords over the last ten years. Findings show increasing prioritisation of the topic, particularly within Artificial Intelligence. Value-Sensitive and Critical Design appear as the most frequently applied orientations, and participatory approaches are more prevalent than those without end-user input. Engaging with a spectrum from personal to societal concerns, the SIGCHI literature thus echos calls for critical perspectives on user-centred processes and the need to establish more sustainable responsibility structures.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of Designing Interactive Systems Conference (DIS ’22)
Number of pages18
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication date2022
ISBN (Electronic)78-1-4503-9358-4/22/06
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Event2022 Conference on Designing Interactive Systems - Virtual Event
Duration: 13 Jun 202217 Jun 2022


Conference2022 Conference on Designing Interactive Systems
LocationVirtual Event
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  • Ethics
  • Design Research
  • Scoping Review


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