Call for Papers


Crowdsourcing comes with a number of positive promises for organizations: Cost reduction, a 24-hour workforce, and short-term knowledge gathering. On the other hand, this „creative destruction“ undermines labor rights and regulations. Unfair and opaque payment systems and socio-spatial inequalities among crowd workers are some of the pitfalls of crowdsourcing. ICT can lead to exploitation of the crowds and other negative (unintended) effects of crowdsourcing. This workshop examines crowds that are at risk (e.g. children), their characteristics and behaviors and the role of ICT within the crowd work. We welcome researchers from a diversity of disciplines and perspectives to illuminate insights into crowds at risk and trying to shed light on questions about what the destructive forces at work are, how work is changing, and what unregulated areas of “work” are exploited.


– Ethical issues and groups at risk within crowdsourcing
– ICT tools and attempts to establish sustainable work cultures online
– Empirical studies about crowds at risk
– Crowdsourcing contexts vulnerable for exploitation
– ICT-driven new forms of labor
– Crowd-workers responsible for their own infrastructures
– Cybersecurity
– Laws and regulating of child work/consumption online
– Cases of exploitation of children as crowd workers
– The gamification of the lifeworld
– Citizen-based crisis management groups at risk
– Cases of crowdsourcing as self fulfilment or self-exploitation
– Crowd work and ownership in Platform Cooperativism

How to submit

The position paper should be 2-4 pages and follow the ECSCW exploratory papers template. Send submissions and inquiries to the following email address:

The template can be downloaded as RTF or Ms Word from

05/19 EXTENDED 06/02 !!!
Submission of papers
05/19 – 06/02 Review Phase
06/02 Notification

At least one author of the position paper must attend the workshop. All participants must register for both the workshop and for at least one day of the conference.