Age Against the Machine: A Call for Designing Ethical AI for and with Children

Guest Editors


• Sumita Sharma, INTERACT Research Unit, University of Oulu

• Eva Durall Gazulla, INTERACT Research Unit, University of Oulu

• Marianne Kinnula, INTERACT Research Unit, University of Oulu

• Nitin Sawhney, Aalto University. 


Important dates


• Deadline: February 28th, 2023 -> March 31, 2023 (new hard deadline)
• Notification to the authors: May 15th, 2023
• Camera ready paper: June 15th, 2023
• Publication of the special issue: July 2023 (tentatively)




Child-Computer Interaction (CCI) research is focused on cultivating, nurturing, and nudging children towards technology use and design. Recently, ethical aspects related to technology have come to the forefront, including the inherent limitations of technology, particularly related to Artificial intelligence (AI) and Machine learning (ML). Further, AI has a known diversity problem where age-inclusion can be sometimes forgotten. While various global and national policy frameworks on Children and AI are being developed, the approaches are child-centered but not child-led, restricting children from affecting their own digital futures. Further still, there is little discussion with children on the limitations, inherent biases, and lack of diversity in current design and development of AI/ML. As AI evolves to mimic human-like cognition, emotions, conversations, and decision-making, its impact on children and their futures should be critically examined for, with, and by children. 

Therefore, we invite researchers working on the various challenges and opportunities related to Children and AI/ ML to submit their work to this special issue. We welcome research that includes children as equal partners and empowers them to consider present and future challenges as experts of their own lives, with diverse interests, backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences. We also welcome research and design work with (but not limited to) educators, families, children (as testers, co-designers, co-researchers, protagonists), and other stakeholders in a variety of contexts (schools, after-school clubs, out of school contexts, public spaces, rural, urban).



Topics of Interest


Suggested topics include theories,models, frameworks, exploratory studies, case / user studies on (but not limited to):


• Research on and with Children and AI/ML

• AI Literacy for Al

• Children’s rights and AI

• Ethical AI for children

• Participatory Design and Research with intelligent systems

• Inclusion, diversity, and empowerment of under-represented children and communities.



Submission procedure 


All submissions must be original and may not be under review by another publication.

The manuscripts should be submitted anonymized either in .doc or in .pdf format. 
All papers will be blindly peer-reviewed by at least two reviewers. Prospective participants are invited to submit a 8-20 pages paper (including authors' information, abstract, all tables, figures, references, etc.). 
The paper should be written according to the IxD&A authors' guidelines .

Submission page -> link
(when submitting the paper please choose the section: 'SI: Age against the machine')

For scientific advices and for any query please contact the guest-editor:


• firstname [dot] lastname [at] oulu [dot] fi for the guest editors from University of Oulu.

• firstname [dot] lastname [at] aalto [dot] fi for the guest editor from Aalto University



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