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 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
StatePublished - 2021
Event2021 Joint ACM Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces Workshops, ACMIUI-WS 2021 - College Station, United States
Duration: 13 Apr 202117 Apr 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement n° 870811).

Publisher Copyright:
Copyright © 2021 for this paper by its authors.


  • Citizen curation
  • Empathy
  • Recommender systems
  • Social cohesion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science


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