The Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing conference – CSCW, for short – is the top gathering for scholars who specialize in the design and use of technologies that affect groups, organizations, communities and networks. At Cornell, CSCW figures significantly in our already-full conference calendar, as our list of papers can attest.

This month, our scholars – representing Cornell University’s Ithaca and New York City campuses – make the trip to Portland, Ore. with 13 papers to contribute, including two Best Papers and an Honorable Mention. Recently featured in MIT Technology Review and The Times among others, “Anyone Can Become a Troll” explores the factors that can push otherwise sensible online commenters into abusive trolls, while “Data Vision” makes the case that algorithms are rule-based tools – not rule-bound – used to better understand our world. 

Have a look below, and – if you’re CSCW-bound – make a point to check out our work and introduce yourselves. See you soon!


Anyone Can Become a Troll: Causes of Trolling Behavior in Online Discussions  // Authors: Justin Cheng (Stanford), Michael S. Bernstein (Stanford), Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil (Cornell University), and Jure Leskovec (Stanford)

Data Vision: Learning to See Through Algorithmic Abstraction  // Authors: Samir Passi and Steven Jackson (both of Cornell University) 

Self-Disclosure and Perceived Trustworthiness of Airbnb Host Profiles  // Authors: Xiao Ma, (Cornell Tech), Jeffery T. Hancock (Stanford), Kenneth Lim Mingjie (Cornell Tech) and Mor Naaman (Cornell Tech). 

Bots as Virtual Confederates: Design and Ethics  // Authors: Peter M. Krafft (MIT), Michael Macy (Cornell University), and Alex Pentland (MIT)

Challenges on the Journey to Co-Watching YouTube // Authors: Emily Sun (Cornell Tech), Rodrigo de Oliveira (YouTube) and Joshua Lewandowski (YouTube)

Coupling Interactions and Performance: Predicting Team Performance from Thin Slices of Conflict // Authors: Malte F. Jung (Cornell University)

Have your cake and eat it too: Foreign language learning with a crowdsourced video captioning system  // Authors: Gabriel Culbertson, Solace Shen, Erik Andersen, and Malte F. Jung (all of Cornell University)

TAMIES: A Study and Model of Adoption in P2P Resource Sharing and Indirect Exchange Systems  // Authors: Emily Sun, Ross McLachlan and Mor Naaman (all of Cornell Tech)

TypeTalker: A Speech Synthesis-Based Multi-Modal Commenting System // Authors: Ian Arawjo, Dongwook Yoon, and Francois Guimbretiére (all of Cornell University)

Understanding Feedback Expectations on Facebook // Authors: Nir Grinberg (Cornell Tech), Shankar Kalyanaraman (Facebook Inc), Lada A. Adamic (Facebook Inc), and Mor Naaman (Cornell Tech)

What Happens in happn: The Warranting Powers of Location History in Online Dating // Authors: Xiao Ma, Emily Sun and Mor Naaman (all of Cornell Tech)

When the Internet Goes Down in Bangladesh  // Authors: Mehrab Bin Morshed (Georgia Institute of Technology), Michaelanne Dye (Georgia Institute of Technology), Syed Ishtiaque Ahmed (Cornell University), and Neha Kumar (Georgia Institute of Technology) 

When Subjects Interpret the Data: Social Media Non-use as a Case for Adapting the Delphi Method to CSCW  // Authors: Eric P. S. Baumer (Cornell University), Xiaotong Xu (Cornell University), Christine Chu (Cornell University), Shion Guha (Marquette University), and Geri K. Gay (Cornell University)

Session Chairs

Locations and Relations, chaired by Mor Naaman (Cornell Tech)

Overcoming Barriers, chaired by Gilly Leshed (Cornell University)

Challenges in Sharing Experiences, chaired by Sue Fussell (Cornell University)


Crowdsourcing Law and Policy: A Design-Thinking Approach to Crowd-Civic Systems

Co-organizers: Brian McInnis (Cornell University), Marta Poblet (RMIT University), Alissa Centivany (University of Western Ontario), Karen Levy (Cornell University), Juho Kim (KAIST), and Gilly Leshed (Cornell University). Learn more here.

Imagining Intersectional Futures: Feminist approaches in CSCW 

Co-organizers: Sarah Fox (University of Washington), Amanda Menking (University of Washington), Stephanie Steinhardt (Cornell University), Anna Lauren Hoffman (University of California-Berkley), and Shaowen Bardzell (Indiana University). Learn more here.

Networked Privacy

Shruti Sannon (Cornell University) presents the position paper, When Privacy is Painful: Designing for Multiple Needs and Trade-offs    

Learn more about the workshop here.

Reflection on Design Methods for Underserved Communities 

Co-organizers: Tawanna Dillahunt (University of Michigan), Aarti Israni (DePaul University), Sheena Erete (DePaul University), Denise Nacu (DePaul University), Roxana Galusca (Sassafras Tech Collective), and Phoebe Sengers (Cornell University). Learn more here

Robots in Groups and Teams 

Co-organizers: Malte F. Jung (Cornell University), Selma Sabanovic (Indiana University), Friederike Eyssel (Bielefeld University), and Marlena Fraune (Indiana University). Learn more here.

The Science of Citizen Science: Theories, Methodologies and Platforms

Co-organizers: Edith Law (University of Waterloo), Alex Williams (University of Waterloo),  Jennifer Shirk (Cornell University), Andrea Wiggins (U. of Maryland College Park), Jonathan Brier (U. of Maryland College Park), Jenny Preece (U. of Maryland College Park), and Greg Newman (Colorado State University). Learn more here.

Talking with Conversational Agents in Collaborative Action

Amanda Purington, Jessie G. Taft, Shruti H. Sannon, Natalya N. Bazarova, and Samuel Hardman Taylor (all of Cornell University) present their position paper, “Alexa is my new BFF”: A Case Study of the Amazon Echo’s Social Functions and Roles. 

Learn more about the workshop here.


ConsesnsUs: Visualizing Points of Disagreement for Multi-Criteria Collaborative Decision Making  

Team members: Narges Mahyar, (University of Cal-San Diego) Weichen Liu (UCSD), Sijia Xiao (Peking University), Jacob T. Browne (UCSD), Ming Yang (Cornell University), and Steven P. Dow (UCSD)

Doctoral Colloquium

Emily Sun (Cornell Tech) presents her paper, Leveraging Location Sharing to Increase Social Capital in Local Communities