Introducing Empathy into Recommender Systems as a Tool for Promoting Social Cohesion

Alan Wecker*, Tsvi Kuflik, Paul Mulholland, Belen Diaz-Agudo, Thomas Anthony Pedersen

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Contemporary theories of social cohesion emphasize the importance of people accepting and appreciating differences across social groups. The SPICE project aims to promote social cohe-sion by researching and developing tools and methods to support citizen curation for groups at risk of exclusion. We define citizen curation as a process in which citizens can interpret cultural objects in order to build representations of their own social group. Other groups can then engage with those interpretations in order to appreciate their perspective. In this position paper we dis-cuss how research into empathy can be used to motivate the design of recommender systems that support people in looking beyond their own group and engaging constructively with alter-native perspectives.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationJoint Proceedings of the ACM IUI 2021 Workshops, April 13-17, 2021, College Station, USA
EditorsDorota Glowacka, Vinayak Krishnamurthy
Number of pages6
PublisherCEUR Workshop Proceedings
Publication date9 Jul 2021
ISBN (Electronic)0074-2903-8
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jul 2021
Event26th ACM Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces - College Station, United States
Duration: 13 Apr 202117 Apr 2021


Conference26th ACM Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityCollege Station
Internet address
SeriesCEUR Workshop Proceedings


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