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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Abstract

Contemporary theories of social cohesion emphasize the importance of people accepting and appreciating differences across social groups. The SPICE project aims to promote social cohesion 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 discuss 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 alternative perspectives.

Original languageEnglish
JournalCEUR Workshop Proceedings
Volume2903
Number of pages6
ISSN1613-0073
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event2021 Joint ACM Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces Workshops, ACMIUI-WS 2021 - College Station, United States
Duration: 13 Apr 202117 Apr 2021

Conference

Conference2021 Joint ACM Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces Workshops, ACMIUI-WS 2021
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityCollege Station
Period13/04/202117/04/2021

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Keywords

  • Citizen curation
  • Empathy
  • Recommender systems
  • Social cohesion

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