Description

In recent years we have witnessed the rise of social media, which have enabled people to virtually share information with a large number of users with little-to-no regulation or quality control. On the one hand, this has enabled anyone with a computer and internet access to rapidly create and disseminate content. On the other hand, it has also opened the door for malicious users, including automated bots, to rapidly spread disinformation, misinformation, and propaganda. These malicious users can now reach audiences at an unprecedented scale. This has given rise to the proliferation of false information that is typically created either (a) to attract network traffic in order to secure financial gain through advertising revenue (e.g. clickbait), or (b) to affect individual people's beliefs - something that can ultimately lead to influencing major events such as elections or views on public health. There are strong indications that false information was weaponized on an unprecedented scale during the 2016 U.S. and the 2018 Brazilian presidential campaigns, among many others. The workshop aims to bring together researchers from both academia and industry to discuss bias, disinformation, misinformation, and propaganda in online news and in social media.

Topics

Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:

  • Bias
  • Bots
  • Check-worthiness
  • Claim extraction
  • Claim source detection
  • Clickbait
  • Deep fakes
  • Disinformation
  • Echo chambers
  • Fact-checking
  • Fake reviews
  • Harassment/bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Hyper-partisanship
  • Misinformation
  • Offensive language
  • Polarization
  • Propaganda identification/analysis
  • Seminar users
  • Source reliability
  • Stance detection
  • Supporting evidence retrieval
  • Trolls
  • Trust
  • Truth

Workshop Format

We kindly ask you to submit abstracts addressing one of the topics above from the perspective of use cases; tools; resources; and preliminary experimental results.

Abstracts should be in Socinfo format, 1-2 pages long. Abstracts will be reviewed by the workshop organizers and authors of selected abstracts will be assigned a time slot for a short presentation (15 minutes each) to present their ideas. Selected abstracts will be made available on this website.
Send your submission to socinfo-bias-workshop@googlegroups.com.

The workshop will include invited talks by experts from academia and the industry, which would discuss the issue from various perspectives. The workshop will end with a panel discussion.

Dates

Schedule
September 5th Deadline for abstract submission
September 12th Notification of acceptance.

Organisers:

  • Giovanni da San Martino (Qatar Computing Research Institute, Hamad Bin Khalifa University)
  • Preslav Nakov (Qatar Computing Research Institute, Hamad Bin Khalifa University)
  • Alberto Barrón-Cedeño (Università di Bologna)
  • Jisun An (Qatar Computing Research Institute, Hamad Bin Khalifa University)
  • Haewoon Kwak (Qatar Computing Research Institute, Hamad Bin Khalifa University)
  • Banu Akdenizli (Northwestern University, Qatar)
  • Marc O. Jones (Hamad Bin Khalifa University)
  • Grant Franklin Totten (Aljazeera)

Contact

If you have any question about the workshop, feel free to send us an email.

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