Workshop on Misinformation Integrity in Social Networks

Misinfo 2021, is an event colocated within the WWW conference happening on April, 2021, at Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Workshop Description

Social media platforms and the web in general play an outsized role in the media consumption process. They have expanded the reach of media messaging through advertising and digital publications, and given a mechanism for expressing opinions and views to anyone with internet access. The flip side of this expanded access has found these platforms to harbor the potential for attacks and abuse on information processes, through misinformation campaigns organized by foreign adversaries and financially motivated actors , misleading and polarizing views from the extremes of the political spectrum receiving viral distribution and general fake-news / misinformation tactics emerging as new threats.

This workshop aims to bring together top researchers and practitioners from academia and industry to engage in a discussion about combating such threats to the information validity from social networks and the web. The Web Conference (WWW) offers an excellent forum for such a discussion, and we expect the workshop to be of interest to everyone in the community. The topic of the workshop is also interdisciplinary, overlapping with psychology, sociology, and economics, while raising legal and ethical questions --- we expect it to attract a broad audience.

Workshop topics:

  • Misinformation: Detecting and combating misinformation; Deep and shallow fakes; Prevalence and virality of misinformation; Misinformation sources and origins; Source and content credibility.

  • Polarization: Models and metrics for polarization; Echo chambers and filter bubbles; Opinion Extremism and radicalization; Algorithms for mitigating polarization.

Agenda (Tentative)

  • 8:45 - Opening remarks

  • 9:00 - Invited Talk - Academic

  • 9:45 - Invited Talk - Industrial

  • 10:30 - Coffee Break

  • 11:00 - Contributed Talk 1

  • 11:45 - Invited Talk - Academic

  • 12:30 - Lunch \& Poster Session

  • 2:00 - Contributed Talk 2

  • 2:45 - Invited Talk - Industrial

  • 3:30 - Coffee Break

  • 4:00 - Panel with Speakers & Closing remarks

Call For Papers

The workshop encourages submissions on all the topics mentioned above. Submitted manuscripts must be 8 pages long for full papers, and 4 pages long for short papers. They must be written in English, and formatted using the standard two-column ACM Sigconf proceedings format. The submission is single-blind.

Accepted papers will either be presented as contributed talks, or as posters.

Key dates

  • Submission deadline: March 1st

  • Notifications to authors: March 15th

  • Camera-ready: April 1st

  • Workshop Day: Exact date TBD

(All deadlines are at 11:59 PM Anywhere in the world)

Submission

Papers must be submitted via this Easychair link.

Organizers

  • Lluis Garcia-Pueyo, Facebook

  • Anand Bhaskar, Facebook

  • Prathyusha Senthil Kumar, Facebook

  • Panayiotis Tsaparas, University of Ioannina

  • Kiran Garimella, Massachusetts Institude of Technology (MIT)

  • Yu Sun, Twitter

  • Francesco Bonchi, ISI Foundation

Contact

integrity-workshop@googlegroups.com