Politics, Elections and Data - PLEAD2013 (Friday, Nov 1)

What is the role of the internet in politics and during campaigns and what is the role of large amounts of user data in all of this?

In the 2012 U.S. presidential campaign the Democrats were again more successful than the Republicans in utilizing online media for mobilization, co-ordination, fundraising and micro-targeting. Social media and the Internet play a fundamental role in political campaigns. However, technical research in this area has been surprisingly limited and fragmented.

The goal of this workshop, held at CIKM 2013 in Burlingame/San Francisco, is to bring together researchers working at the intersection of social network analysis, computational social science and political science, to share and discuss their ideas in a common forum; and to inspire further developments in this growing, fascinating field of computational political science.

REGISTRATION LINK (register for CIKM and include the "workshop" option)

The workshop topics include
  • Classifying users according to political leaning
  • Classifying web queries and web pages according to political leaning
  • Discovering political topics from search logs and social media data
  • Describing and quantifying political campaigns and their effect on online media
  • Influence of political fact checking (e.g. Politifact) on rumor spreading
  • Visualizing political issues and other socio-economic controversies
  • Applying sentiment analysis to find positive/negative aspects of issues
  • Quantifying the effects of a "Daily Me" in political search and content
  • Prediction markets for election prediction

The workshop will include keynotes by Rayid Ghani (former Chief Scientist at the Obama for America 2012 campaign), Justin Grimmer (Assistant Professor, Dept. of Political Science, Stanford University) and Tarun Wadhwa (writer, researcher, entrepreneur and Forbes contributor) as well as presentations of accepted contributions. The schedule will provide time for both organized and open discussion.

Submission Guidelines

Papers should be no longer than eight pages (2-column), including all references, figures and appendices. Shorter papers describing work in progress are explicitly encouraged, though there is no separate short paper track. Please submit your papers through the EasyChair site.

Submissions should follow the ACM SIG proceedings format.

All submissions must be in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). Please ensure that any special fonts used are included in the submitted documents. All papers must be original and must not have been published or under review elsewhere.

As in previous editions, accepted papers will be published by ACM.

Important Dates

June 28, 2013
July 1, 2013 (PASSED) Papers submission deadline
July 26, 2013 Notification of acceptance
August 9, 2013 Camera-ready submission
Friday, November 1, 2013 Workshop date

All due dates are defined in terms of times before 11:59pm, Hawaii time (i.e., GMT - 10 hours) of the due date.