Call for Papers #SMSociety

We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the 2022 International Conference on Social Media & Society (#SMSociety)! #SMSociety will be held virtually onJuly 18th & 19th, 2022. The conference’s two-day program will feature live panels and paper presentations, tutorials, and networking events.

In keeping with the conference’s inter- and transdisciplinary focus, we welcome both quantitative and qualitative scholarly and original submissions that crosses disciplinary boundaries and expands our understanding of current and future trends in social media research across many fields including (but not limited to): Communication, Computer Science, Education, Journalism, Information Science, Law, Management, Political Science, Psychology and Sociology.

ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

#SMSociety is a gathering of leading social media researchers from around the world. It is the premier venue for sharing and discovering new peer-reviewed interdisciplinary research on how social media affects society. Organized by the Social Media Lab at Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University, #SMSociety provides participants with opportunities to exchange ideas, present original research, learn about recent and ongoing studies, and network with peers.

 

NEW FOR 2022

·       #SMSociety will switch from being an annual conference to a biennial conference. After 2022, the next iteration of #SMSociety will be in the summer of 2024 (exact date, location and format TBD).

·       The Program Committee for #SMSociety will be authors who have submitted their papers to the conference for consideration. For a submission to be considered, one author from each submission is required to peer review (double blind) three other conference submissions.

·       Instead of Full and WIP paper submissions, #SMSociety will now be inviting authors to submit extended abstracts with a 1k-1.5K word limit.

·       The program will be organized in a way to support attendance across multiple time zones and will allow our authors to safely connect. All presentations will also be recorded and made available to registered attendees for a limited time after the conference. 

TOPICS OF INTEREST

1.     Cyberbullying, Trolling and Antisocial Behavior

2.     Digital Methods

3.     Discourse and Public Opinion

4.     Health and Wellbeing

5.     Marketing and Outreach

6.     Misinformation and Disinformation

7.     Online and Offline Communities

8.     Platform Governance and Regulation

9.     Politics and Policy

10.  Privacy, Security and Trust

11.  Use and Users

SUBMISSION DETAILS

·       https://socialmediaandsociety.org/submit/

PUBLICATIONS:

·       Publication of Pre-prints and Datasets: To promote your work during and after the conference, authors of accepted papers (extended abstracts) are encouraged to share their work as a pre-print via EasyChair Preprint. Preprint will be accessible via the conference online program and other channels. If you have a dataset to share, you can also upload it to one of many data repositories such as Dataverse or figshare. Authors of accepted papers will then have an opportunity to provide a link to their pre-print and/or dataset for inclusion in the conference program.

·       Journal Publications: We will circulate CFP to relevant journal special issues as they become available in 2022. (We hope that feedback received from other scholars during the review process and the Q&A part of your presentation will help you refine your ideas and develop your work into a full paper after the conference. Once ready, you are encouraged to submit your full paper to a journal of your choice.)

 ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

·       Anatoliy Gruzd, Ryerson University

·       Philip Mai, Ryerson University

·       James Cook, University of Maine at Augusta

·       Zoetanya Sujon, London College of Communication

·       Chei Sian Lee, Nanyang Technological University

·       Jenna Drenten, Loyola University Chicago

·       Céline Yunya Song, Hong Kong Baptist University

·       Katrin Weller, GESIS – Leibniz Institute for Social Sciences

·       Felipe Soares, Ryerson University

2022 International Conference on Social Media and Society (#SMSociety)

held virtually on July 18-19, 2022

https://socialmediaandsociety.org/2021/smsociety-2022-cfp/ 

IMPORTANT DATES

Conference Date: July 18-19, 2022

Papers (Extended Abstracts) Due: Jan. 31, 2022

Workshops & Tutorials Due: Mar. 14, 2022

Panels Due: Mar. 14, 2022

Notification Due: Mar. 31, 2022

WebSci’21 Report

Web Science success

Delegates from around the globe gathered online to take part in the successful 13th ACM Web Science Conference (#websci21) that was hosted by the University of Southampton.

More than 270 people, from as far afield as China and the USA, joined the five-day event to focus on Globalisation, Inclusion and the Web in the Context of COVID.

The conference was chaired by Professor Dame Wendy Hall, Executive Director of the University’s Web Science Institute (WSI), and brought together world leaders in Web Science research, technology, industry and policy-making. They addressed the challenges and opportunities arising from the effects of the pandemic and other global threats.

ACM President Gabriele Kotsis and President-Elect of the International Communication Association Noshir Contractor opened the conference and shared their views on the future of the Web.

A highlight of the event was the keynote ‘In Conversation’ between Dame Wendy and entrepreneur and internet activist Baroness Martha Lane Fox. They discussed Baroness Lane-Fox’s contributions to public policy and the technological debate. The pair also explored the legislation processes and work going on within select committees and the House of Lords that is relevant to Web Science.

Dame Wendy said: “Our second ACM Web Science conference at Southampton was a huge success and a truly global, interdisciplinary event. This year we even held one panel – The future of the Web in a post-COVID world – in English and Chinese. It was a good opportunity to reflect on how COVID-19 had changed the world and to discuss its impact on the Web in the future.”

As well as the main conference, the event also showcased the work of Web Science students with a PhD Symposium on the first day.

Southampton Web Science PhD student Allison Noble said: “I was fortunate enough to be selected to present my ideas at the Symposium, which brings together a number of experienced academics to provide PhD students (at different stages of their candidature) an opportunity to showcase their research goals and to receive feedback on their ongoing research on an international platform.

“I wanted to receive feedback on a concept I had been working on, in particular the robustness of the idea. The PhD Symposium offered me a platform to present my proposal and I received clear and considerate feedback from the other mentors. I would recommend other PhD students to participate in such events as they help to create a clear sense of direction in work and methods.”

This was the second year the conference had been hosted by the University of Southampton and organised by the WSI. Last year they had to rapidly transform the event from a physical conference to a virtual conference due to the restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Watch the highlights video of the conference here.

 

 

 

 

This story originally appeared in University of Southampton “Staff Matters” Blog.

ACM WebSci’21 News Bulletin No 3

 The 2021 ACM Web Science Conference: Globalisation, Inclusion and the Web in the Context of COVID is now less than 2 weeks away!

Throughout the week you can hear from exciting Keynote Speakers including:

  • Deen Freelon – Associate Professor at UNC Chapel Hill
  • Baroness Martha Lane Fox – Entrepreneur and internet activist
  • Matthew Weber – Associate Professor at Rutgers University
  • Daniel J Weitzner – Director of the MIT Internet Policy Research Initiative
  • Jennifer Zhu Scott – Forbes World’s Top 50 Women in Tech in 2018

 

We have a number of Spotlight Panels. Discussion topics include:

  • The Coded Gaze: algorithmic bias, facial recognition and beyond – How research can change the law and influence people
  • COVID-19 and Society
  • The Future of the Web in a Post-COVID World
  • AI, Media and the Future of News on the Web
  • Directions in Digital Government
  • Does Decentralisation Help the Disenfranchised?
  • The Future of the Web and Society

The full programme also includes workshops, paper sessions, tutorials and the PhD symposium.

Registration is open and the cost for the full week of events is just £50. 

 Keep an eye on our tweets via the #WebSci21 hashtag, and check out our website for further updates. We look forward to welcoming you to the second wholly online Web Science conference!

 Best wishes

 WebSci’21 Conference Committee

Brave Conversation Global 2021

Brave Conversations Global 2021

Once again the 2021 ACM Web Science Conference Week will include Brave Conversations. The event runs from 9:00 BST to 13:00 BST on Monday 21st June.

Last year’s event was in the midst of the global move online forced by Covid 19; since then we have held numerous events around the world thanks to the wonders of the Internet and World Wide Web.

So how has this changed the way we (as humanity) are living online?  What has become normalised and what is still strange?  What changes has this wrought for how we live, work and play?

This 2021 event will reflect on this whilst also exploring the new world that is emerging as we have governments empowered by data, a move to online work and learning and a growing tension between ’safety’ and ‘privacy’.

The objective of Brave Conversations is to bring Web Science to mainstream discussions that take place in everyday life. The conversations rely on what people bring and we hope to bring a broad audience from around the world to question, challenge and converse.

Please join us.  Registration is free and places are limited.  Please note that Brave Conversations Global is not included in the main conference registration fee.

Full details of this event and the whole Web Science Conference programme can be found on our website.

WebSci’21 registration LIVE

Registration is now open for the 2021 ACM Web Science Conference: Globalisation, Inclusion and the Web in the Context of COVID.

The cost for the full week is just £50. To help ensure broad participation in the conference our Fair Access Fund has up to twenty free registrations available to the PhD Symposium (and to the whole week of conference activities) for delegates from the Global South.

The event will take place online from 21-25 June and is organised by the University of Southampton. Presenters and participants will have multiple opportunities to engage over a full week of talks, Spotlight Panels, workshops, tutorials, social events and “Meet the Authors” informal discussions
.

New events are being added to the programme all the time, but here are a few highlights:
On the first two days we have a number of Workshops and Tutorials that you can sign up to take part in. The wide range of topics include Data Ethics, AI and Inclusion, Data Literacy, Democratic Futures and the Web, Music as Embodied and Social Data and many more.

The main conference will then take place over the remainder of the week. We have a growing list of
speakers and accepted paper presentations. Details of other conference activities will be shared in the lead up to the event.

Although the core programme will take place primarily in European time, there will also be workshops/tutorials in India, SE Asia and the USA. All sessions will be recorded, so you don’t need to cover every time zone in one day!

Keep an eye on our tweets via the #WebSci21 hashtag, and check out our website for further updates
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We look forward to welcoming you to the second wholly online Web Science conference in June!

Best wishes

WebSci’21 Conference Committee