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Areas of Focus

Areas of Focus 2018-19

CTSP has four new areas of focus for this next year.

  • Health + Sensors
  • Sustaining Democracy and Building Community
  • Integrating Safety & Privacy
  • Just Algorithms: Fairness, Transparency, and Justice
We will be providing fuller descriptions and examples before the November call for proposals.

Areas of Focus 2017-18

Intersection of people, communities, and social norms with the Internet of Things (IoT), smart cities, ambient sensors, wearables, audio/video surveillance, etc. We are interested in: privacy and ethics of these systems, security opportunities and risks, optimizing benefits and minimizing risks of these technologies.

Democracy and governance, elections and campaigns, “fake news” and fact-checking, free speech and online censorship, public discourse and public sentiment, harassment and participation in online media, and empowering citizens through open data and open data tools.

How can we use technology to improve individual and community wellness and healthcare? What is the role of technology in undermining or supporting physical and mental health? We are interested in technology projects related to personal well-being, promoting healthy communities, enhancing and evaluating healthcare, providing more socially assistive technologies for those who are older and/or with disabilities, as well as improving personal security from a population to individual level.

The asterisks are used here to draw attention to the family of related concepts for projects of research or design related to:

fairness/bias/discrimination/inequality/opportunity
and/or
opacity/transparency/accountability/interpretability/explainability
in algorithms/designs/systems/tools/(open)data/research.

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