June 5, 2023

4th workshop on the

Data for the wellbeing of the most vulnerable

Proceedings: https://workshop-proceedings.icwsm.org/ 

The scale, reach, and real-time nature of the Internet is opening new frontiers for understanding the vulnerabilities in our societies, including inequalities and fragility in the face of a changing world. From tracking seasonal illnesses like the flu across countries and populations, to understanding the context of mental conditions such as anorexia and bulimia, web data has the potential to capture the struggles and wellbeing of diverse groups of people. Vulnerable populations including children, elderly, racial or ethnic minorities, socioeconomically disadvantaged, underinsured or those with certain medical conditions, are often absent in commonly used data sources. The recent developments around COVID-19 epidemic makes these issues even more urgent, with an unequal share of both disease and economic burden among various populations. 

Thus, the aim of this workshop is to encourage the community to use new sources of data as well as methodologies to study the wellbeing of vulnerable populations. The selection of appropriate data sources, identification of vulnerable groups, and ethical considerations in the subsequent analysis are of great importance in the extension of the benefits of big data revolution to these populations. As such, the topic is highly multidisciplinary, bringing together researchers and practitioners in computer science, epidemiology, demography, linguistics, and many others.

We anticipate topics such as the below will be relevant:

See previous workshop webpages: 2019, 2021, 2022

Keynote Speakers

Associate Professor in the Department of Network and Data Science at the Central European University

Staff Researcher at the Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Physics and Complex Systems

Executive Director - Data Friendly Space (DFS), previously at Estonian Centre for International Development (ESTDEV)

Senior Scientist, Qatar Computing Research Institute


AIDR—the Grand Prize winner of the 2015 Open Source Software System Challenge—is a free and open platform to filter and classify social media messages related to emergencies, disasters, and humanitarian crises. AIDR uses human and machine intelligence to automatically tag up to thousands of messages per minute. Dr. Muhammad Imran will introduce and demonstrate its application to real-world emergencies.


June 5, 2023

Find the papers here: https://workshop-proceedings.icwsm.org/ 

9:00 - Introduction

9:05 - Keynote 1: Marton Karsai: Socioeconomic networks, segregation patterns and their dynamics

Further reading: Interpreting wealth distribution via poverty map inference using multimodal data

9:30 - Paper Session 1:

   9:30 - Demographic inequalities in digital spaces in China: The case of Weibo. Wenqing Qian, Ole Hexel, Emilio Zagheni, Ridhi Kashyap and Ingmar Weber

   9:40 - What are Your Pronouns? Examining Gender Pronoun Usage on Twitter. Julie Jiang, Emily Chen, Luca Luceri, Goran Muric, Francesco Pierri, Ho-Chun Herbert Chang and Emilio Ferrara

   9:50 - Beyond the Headlines: Understanding Sentiments and Morals Impacting Female Employment in Spain. Oscar Araque, Luca Barbaglia, Francesco Berlingieri, Marco Colagrossi, Sergio Consoli, Lorenzo Gatti, Kyriaki Kalimeri and Mauri Caterina

   10:00 - Misogynistic Disinformation on Arabic Twitter: A Case Study of Online Harassment Against Women Journalists in the Middle East. Marc Jones and Wajdi Zaghouani

Further reading: State-aligned misogynistic disinformation on Arabic Twitter: The attempted silencing of an Al Jazeera journalist

10:08 - Demo: Muhammad Imran on AIDR


10:30 - Coffee break

11:00 - Keynote 2: José Javier Ramasco: Characterizing migration with Twitter data

11:25 - Paper Session 2:

   11:25 - News Hurts: Exploring the Link Between Pandemic-Related Social Media Use and Trauma Symptoms. Claudine Tinsman, Max Van Kleek and Siddharth Arora

   11:35 - Online Networks of Support in Distressed Environments: Solidarity and Mobilization during the Russian Invasion of Ukraine. Jinyi Ye, Nikhil Jindal, Francesco Pierri and Luca Luceri

   11:45 - Unveiling the dynamics of censorship, COVID-19 regulations, and protest: An Empirical Study of Chinese Subreddit r/china irl. Siyi Zhou, Luca Luceri and Emilio Ferrara

   11:55 - CoVaxNet: An Online-Offline Data Repository for COVID-19 Vaccine Research. Bohan Jiang, Paras Sheth, Baoxin Li and Huan Liu

12:05 - Keynote 3: Karin Maasel: Why landing on Mars could be easier than Humanitarian AI

Further reading: Leveraging Domain Knowledge for Inclusive and Bias-aware Humanitarian Response Entry Classification

12:30 - Closing

 Important dates

 Call for papers & abstracts

(Call is closed)

We welcome both 2-page abstracts, as well as Long (8 pages) and Short (4 pages) papers - not counting references & appendix. 

All submissions should be in English. The Long and Short papers will be published in ICWSM Workshop proceedings by the AAAI Press. Please follow the AAAI format

The reviewing process will be double blind, so please anonymize your submissions.

Submit via the EasyChair portal: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=dwmv23

 Program Committee:

The Venue

Limassol, Cyprus

The workshop is co-located with the International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM) 


Yelena MejovaISI Foundation, Turin, Italy
Daniela PaolottiISI Foundation, Turin, Italy
Kyriaki KalimeriISI Foundation, Turin, Italy

 ISI Foundation’s Lagrange Project supported by CRT Foundation