WebSci21 – Video Vault No 7 – The Future of News on the Web

This panel will tackle the ambitious challenge of examining the intersection of emerging artificial intelligence (AI) technology and the production of news media in an online environment.

Spotlight Panel 4

Notes

The assembled panellists represent a diverse range of perspectives, from industry to academia, and an array of professional backgrounds. The speakers on this panel will address critical questions about how tools for automation and AI impact the production of news media, how an increasing reliance on technology has affected the battle against misinformation, and how COVID-19 and shifts to alternative work arrangements has impacted news media production in this context. Panellists will also examine the specific technologies that are changing the production of news today, delving into the technical challenges facing modern newsrooms.

Summary

Chair, Matthew Weber will lead panellists, Andrea GuzmanCameron HickeyRory Cellan-Jones, and Amanda Stent to discuss the new affordances and capabilities as well as new risks and challenges that are confronting news media through the increasing levels of automation, filtering, and the use of AI in a modern Web context.

About the Video Vault Series

In partnership with the ACM we are pleased to be able to release a series of videos from the most recent Web Science Conference (ACM WebSci’21) that were previously only available to attendees of the conference.

The series will be released fortnightly and will include a selection of Keynote talks and Spotlight panel discussions.

Copyright / Links

This video is (c) 2021 provided under license from the ACM.

 

WebSci’22 Deadline Extended

We thank everyone who submitted their papers to this year’s ACM Web Science Conference. While the paper submission deadline has passed, it is still time to submit proposals for workshops or tutorials, to be held on site in Barcelona or online. The deadline for workshop and tutorial proposals has been extended to February 28 (23:59 anywhere on earth).

CALL FOR WORKSHOPS AND TUTORIALS
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The 14th ACM Web Science Conference (WebSci’22) is soliciting proposals for workshops and tutorials that address the way Web Science research can illuminate key contemporary issues and global challenges. Workshops should reflect the inter- and multidisciplinary nature of Web Science. Tutorials could cover a wide variety of Web Science approaches and methods, including but not limited to techniques for data collection, processing, analysis, as well as substantive interpretation, best practices, and ethics. Examples of potential WebSci workshop areas include but are not limited to:
* Misinformation and propaganda on the Web
* Online health and wellness (especially concerning the COVID-19 pandemic)
* Online mental health
* The interplay between AI and the Web
* Using Web Science for social good
* Collective intelligence, crowdsourcing
* Bias on the Web
* Data ethics and algorithmic accountability
* Digital inequalities: access, quality, and participation
* Information privacy and cybersecurity
* Learning and education on the Web
* Social connections and social influence on the Web
* Social inclusion and exclusion on the Web
* Internet politics and political participation
* Internet, Globalization and Cultural Identities
* The evolution of social media services
* The future of the Web
* Cybercrime and safety
* Digital Humanitarianism
* ICT for development
* Climate Change and digital carbon footprints
* Paid and unpaid work, the gig economy
* Aging and generations (different practices and attitudes towards the Web)
* Global south and globalization
* Gender and sexualities (the Web as safe/unsafe space, space for mobilization)
Workshops and tutorials can be either on-site or fully online. A “call for papers/contributions” is optional. Workshops/tutorials with alternative interactive modes such as e.g. round table discussions or design/co-creation sessions can also be proposed. You can propose a program committee (PC) with content experts for your event.
When accepted, make sure your event is held in a timezone amenable to the participants. Each workshop or tutorial should have a web address containing all information about the venue, call for contributions, deadlines, modality, language etc. Workshops and tutorials can be held in any language.

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PROPOSAL FORMAT
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* Proposals can be up to 3 pages long and should include the following information (please submit your proposal in English):
* Workshop/tutorial title.
* Workshop/tutorial summary (1-2 paragraphs).
* Workshop/tutorial description, including the motivation and goals of the proposal and its relevance to the field of Web Science.
* Workshop/tutorial schedule and activities, including the format, proposed activities (panels, sessions, interactive exercises, etc.), the invited speakers or panelists, the modality (on-site or online).
* Workshop/tutorial organizer information, including names, affiliations, emails, and personal websites. Please indicate who would be the primary contact person for the submission.
* Please indicate if the workshop has been run in the past.
* Target audience and audience size: the expected number and type of attendees and any information about the required skills or tools with which participants need to be familiar.
* The primary language(s) of the workshop/tutorial (i.e., English, Chinese).
* The desired time zone for the workshop/tutorial.
* The workshop/tutorial will be: (i) onsite in Barcelona or (ii) fully online?
* Special requirements or equipment, if any.

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PROPOSAL SUBMISSIONS
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Proposals must be submitted to EasyChair by February 21, 2022, via: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=websci22

Workshop and tutorial proposals will be evaluated based on their relevance, timeliness, originality and the potential to address important questions and attract audiences from different disciplines. Relevance to the interdisciplinary field of Web Science is a prerequisite for all submissions. Workshop and tutorial notifications will be sent by March 7, 2022. If inviting peer-reviewed workshop papers, workshop organizers are requested to have the paper submission deadline in their workshops to be no later than April 9, 2022.

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PROCEEDINGS
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Workshop organizers are free to publish workshop proceedings. WebSci22 offers the possibility to include workshop papers as a companion collection of the ACM WebSci22 proceedings. In this case, workshop schedules must be aligned with the schedule for the publication of the overall proceedings, i.e. camera-ready papers need to be submitted to us by 12 May 2022. This is a strict deadline, and we will not be able to include any papers not received by this date.

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IMPORTANT DATES (Workshops & Tutorials)
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Feb 28, 2022: Workshop and Tutorial Proposal Submission Deadline (extended deadline, 23:59 anywhere on earth)
Mar 07, 2022: Notifications
Apr 09, 2022: Workshop Paper Submission Deadline
May 12, 2022: Camera-ready Deadline for the Companion Proceedings
Jun 26, 2022: workshop and tutorial day at WebSci’22 (Barcelona and online)

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ORGANISERS
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Workshop & Tutorial Track Chairs:
Anna Bon, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Srinath Srinivasa, International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore, India
CONTACT
websci22-workshops-tutorials@easychair.org

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14th ACM Web Science Conference 2022 (WebSci’22)
26-29 June, 2022
26 June: Workshop and Tutorial day
Hybrid conference: Barcelona, Spain, and online (co-located with Hypertext 2022)
Deadline for proposing workshops + tutorials (extended): Feb 28, 2022 – 23:59 anywhere on earth
https://websci22.webscience.org/
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WebSci21 – Video Vault No 6 – Daniel Weitzner

Daniel J. Weitzner

Notes

This talk presents new research in cyber security and privacy, offering a broad approach by which computer science can contribute systems that are better integrated with society’s public policy priorities. Our new approach to cyber security will provide previously unattainable cyber risk pricing metrics to guide private investment decisions, make cyber insurance markets more efficient, and shape cyber security regulations that are more effective. To address privacy needs, we propose changes to the underlying architecture of relational database systems to enable auditable conformance with state-of-the-art privacy values in laws such as the European Union General Data Protection Directive (GDPR). Taken together, this work suggests we can improve computing governance with new extensions of two key concepts in the theory of computation. First, we describe policy soundness: the property of a computing system that shows it is logically sound with respect to a given legal ruleset. Second, technical completeness: the property of a law or regulation which shows the rules are logically complete with respect to the dynamics of a given computing system. Building these kinds of abstractions into systems and laws can make computing systems more governable and thus more trustworthy.

Summary

In this talk Daniel J. Weitzner, discusses solutions to the need to balance technical architectures and services with the social (societal) needs and policies of the communities that use them. Underlying this relationship is the need to model and automatically validate that secure systems are compliant and consistent with the policies under which they operate.

About the Video Vault Series

In partnership with the ACM we are pleased to be able to release a series of videos from the most recent Web Science Conference (ACM WebSci’21) that were previously only available to attendees of the conference.

The series will be released fortnightly and will include a selection of Keynote talks and Spotlight panel discussions.

Copyright / Links

This video is (c) 2021 provided under license from the ACM.

 

Deadline Extension WebSci’22

 

Dear colleagues,

to better align with the deadlines of our co-located conferences, we are extending the deadline for paper submissions for #WebSci22 to Feb 17 (23:59 anywhere on earth).
Workshops and tutorials can also still be proposed until Feb 21.

The 14th ACM Web Science Conference (#WebSci22) will take place on 26 – 29 June 2022 as a Hybrid Conference in Barcelona, Spain, and online.
ACM’s Conferences #HT2022 and #UMAP2022 will also be hosted in Barcelona a few days after #WebSci22.

WebSci’22 is an interdisciplinary conference where a multitude of research disciplines converge with the purpose of creating greater insight into a complex global Web than the sum of their individual parts. We invite participation from diverse fields including computer and information sciences, communication, economics, informatics, law, linguistics, philosophy, political science, psychology, and sociology.

Please carefully check the conference Website for information on formatting and templates. Review is double-blind. Proceedings will be published open access through ACM’s OpenTOC system. For authors who wish to opt out of publication proceedings, this option will be made available upon acceptance.
For full details about submission formats and topical scope, please see the call for papers at: https://websci22.webscience.org/calls-guidelines/call-for-papers/

IMPORTANT DATES: Paper Submissions
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Feb 17, 2022: Paper submission deadline (extended)
Mar 31, 2022: Notification
May 12, 2022: Camera-ready versions due
Jun 26-29 22: Conference dates (Barcelona and online)

IMPORTANT DATES: Workshops & Tutorials
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Feb 21, 2022: Workshop and Tutorial Proposal Submission Deadline
Mar 07, 2022: Notifications
Apr 09, 2022: Workshop Paper Submission Deadline
May 12, 2022: Camera-ready Deadline for the Companion Proceedings
Jun 26, 2022: workshop and tutorial day at WebSci’22 (Barcelona and online)

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ORGANISERS
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PROGRAMME COMMITTEE CHAIRS
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Oshani Seneviratne (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
Ingmar Weber (Qatar Computing Research Institute)
Taha Yasseri (University College Dublin)

For any questions and queries regarding the paper submission, please contact the pc chairs at websci22@easychair.org

WORKSHOP & TUTORIAL TRACK CHAIRS
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Anna Bon, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Srinath Srinivasa, International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore, India
CONTACT: websci22-workshops-tutorials@easychair.org

 

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14th ACM Web Science Conference 2022 (WebSci’22)
26-29 June, 2022
Hybrid conference: Barcelona, Spain, and online
co-located with ACM Hypertext and ACM UMAP
Deadline for paper submissions (extended): Feb 17, 2022 (23:59 anywhere on earth)
Deadline for workshop/tutorial proposals: Feb 21, 2022
https://websci22.webscience.org/
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Deadline Approaching WebSci’22

 

Dear colleagues

 

We invite you to submit your contributions to our articles for the 14th ACM Web Science Conference on 26 – 29 June 2022 (WebSci’22, Hybrid Conference: in Barcelona, Spain, and online).

 

The 14th International ACM Web Science Conference in 2022 (WebSci’22) is an interdisciplinary conference where a multitude of research disciplines converge with the purpose of creating greater insight into a complex global Web than the sum of their individual parts. We invite participation from diverse fields including computer and information sciences, communication, economics, informatics, law, linguistics, philosophy, political science, psychology, and sociology.

 

Contributions may be analytical, conceptual, creative, critical, predictive, theoretical (or all of the above) and should aim, wherever possible, to cross traditional disciplinary boundaries. The conference provides a platform to a range of practitioners from Ph.D. students to experienced researchers and ideas ranging from early work through projects as well as final analysis and completed publishable work. We look to evaluate and value the impact of the Web Science approach, its current theoretical, methodological, and epistemological challenges as well as Web practices of individuals, collectives, institutions, and platforms.

 

The ACM Web Science Conference 2022 will run as a hybrid conference, where authors will present their work either in-person or remotely to participants gathering at the conference venue in Barcelona, or online. The conference will be co-located with ACM HyperText, which is scheduled for June 28th to July 1st, 2022 –https://ht.acm.org/ht2022/.

 

THE OLD VS. THE NEW NORMAL

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Web-based technologies have proven to be playing a vital role in enabling us to cope with the global pandemic. Having experienced two years of “crisis,” many new norms have been forming, both socially and technologically. While some people long to return to how things were before the pandemic, others are questioning whether that is a state worth returning to. The main theme of this year’s conference, therefore, is the old vs. the new normal. Even though the conference accepts a wide range of topics (see below), papers discussing this overall issue would be particularly welcomed.

 

Web Science is an interdisciplinary field dedicated to understanding the complex and multiple impacts of the Web on society, and vice versa. As such, the field of Web Science is particularly well situated to address pressing issues of our time.

 

Methodologically, Web Science is a discipline that is agnostic to specific methods. We welcome quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research, including methods from the social sciences and computer science. In addition, we welcome work that explores the ethics of Web-based data collection and research and those which have a broader perspective on the Web and that combine analyses of Web data and other types of data (e.g., from surveys or interviews) to better understand user behaviour (i.e., online and offline).

 

Building on our theme for 2022, we especially welcome contributions on:

 

* Successful cases of interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary Web research

* Trends in globalisation, fragmentation, rejoining, and Balkanisation of the Web

* Automation and AI in all its manifestations relevant to the Web

* Interrogate questions of discrimination, representation and fairness

* Bring lenses such as intersectionality or design justice to questions of marginalisation and inequality

* Ethical challenges of technologies, data, algorithms, platforms, and people in the Web

* Modeling Web-related structures, data, users and behaviours

* Impact of AI and machine learning on the development of Web Science

* Detecting, preventing and predicting anomalies in Web data (e.g., fake content, spam, algorithmic and data biases)

* Data curation, Web archives and stewardship in Web Science

* Safeguarding and governance of the Web, including anonymity, security and trust

* Temporal and spatial dimensions of the Web as a repository of information

* The architecture and philosophy of the Web

* Social machines, crowd computing and collective intelligence

* Analysis and modeling of human vs. automatic behaviour (e.g., bots) and their influence on the structure of the Web and responding behaviour

* Critical analyses of the Web and Web technologies

* Web economics, social entrepreneurship, and innovation

* Analysis of online social and information networks

* Legal issues including rights and accountability for AI actors

* Humanities, arts, and culture on the Web

* Inclusion, literacy and the digital divide

* Politics and social activism on the Web

* Online education and remote learning

* Health and well-being online

 

 

IMPORTANT DATES

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Thu, February 10, 2022 Paper submission deadline

Thu, March 31, 2022 Notification

Thu, May 12, 2022 Camera-ready versions due

Sun-Wed, June 26-29 Conference dates

 

 

 

FORMAT OF SUBMISSIONS

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Please upload your submissions via EasyChair:https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=websci22

 

There are two submission formats:

* Full papers should be between 6 and 10 pages (inclusive of references, appendices, etc.). Full papers typically report on mature and completed projects.

* Short papers should be up to 5 pages (inclusive of references, appendices, etc.). Short papers will be primarily reporting on high-quality ongoing work not mature enough for a full-length publication.

 

All accepted submissions will be assigned an oral presentation (of two different lengths). The option of additional poster presentations and other details will be decided in due time depending on the technical setup and other factors.

All authors of accepted papers (including those who opt out of proceedings) are expected to present their work (in-person or virtually) at the conference.

 

Please carefully check the conference Website for information on formatting and templates.

Review is double-blind. Please anonymize your submission. All contributions will be judged by the Program Committee upon rigorous peer review standards for quality and fit the conference, by at least three referees. Additionally, each paper will be assigned to a Senior Program Committee member to ensure review quality.

 

Proceedings will be published open access through ACM’s OpenTOC system. For authors who wish to opt out of publication proceedings, this option will be made available upon acceptance.

 

 

 

PROGRAMME COMMITTEE CHAIRS

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Oshani Seneviratne (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)

Ingmar Weber (Qatar Computing Research Institute)

Taha Yasseri (University College Dublin)

 

For any questions and queries regarding the paper submission, please contact the pc chairs at websci22@easychair.org

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14th ACM Web Science Conference 2022 (WebSci’22)

26-29 June, 2022

Hybrid conference: Barcelona, Spain, and online (co-located with Hypertext 2022)

Deadline for paper submissions: Feb 10, 2022

https://websci22.webscience.org/

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WebSci21 – Video Vault No 5 – Future of the Web in Post-COVID World

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has been met by unequal responses in different countries and led to unequal impacts to Europe, USA, Asia, and Latin America. The pandemic has made unequal internet access both within and between countries. At the same time, new opportunities also emerge and the Web changes dramatically. The purpose of this panel is to discuss the future of the Web in a post-COVID world.

– What is the current situation of the Web compared to the situation before 2020?
– What has shifted in the web area and have we reached the “new normal?”
– What data security implications on the Web should we be concerned about?

Summary

Co-Chairs, Wendy Hall and Jie Tang lead panellists, Tat-Seng Chua, James Hendler, and Xia Yin in a discussion about their individual perspectives on how COVID-19 has changed the World Wide Web and the corresponding Web of people that co-constitute its function and impact on societies around the world.

About the Video Vault Series

In partnership with the ACM we are pleased to be able to release a series of videos from the most recent Web Science Conference (ACM WebSci’21) that were previously only available to attendees of the conference.

The series will be released fortnightly and will include a selection of Keynote talks and Spotlight panel discussions.

Copyright / Links

This video is (c) 2021 provided under license from the ACM.