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DEVIANCE 2020 : Workshop on Deviant Activities on Social Media


When Dec 10, 2020 - Dec 13, 2020
Where Atlanta, GA, USA
Submission Deadline Sep 11, 2020
Notification Due Oct 25, 2020
Final Version Due Nov 8, 2020
Categories    computer science   social computing   computational social science

Call For Papers

=================== DEVIANCE 2020 | Call for Papers ===================

DEVIANCE 2020, Workshop on Deviant Activities on Social Media
In conjunction with 2020 IEEE Conference on BigData (IEEE BigData 2020)

Event Schedule: December 10-13, 2020 @ Atlanta, GA, USA (due to COVID-19 the workshop will be held virtually).

Workshop page:

Submission page:

With the proliferation of smart devices, mobile applications, and social network platforms, the social side effects of these technologies have become more profound, especially in social and political disintegration. Several journalistic and academic investigations have reported that modern communication platforms such as social media (e.g., Twitter, Facebook, blogs, YouTube, and the “deep web” channels) are strategically used to coordinate cyber propaganda campaigns. Several researchers have studied these campaigns and identified various tactics, techniques, and procedures used by various online deviant groups, e.g., online propagandists’ groups or terrorist groups sympathizers. Various social media platforms utilized the research findings to detect and curb some of these campaigns, however, the techniques that are used evolve and adapt to go undetected. This is a growing problem.

In this workshop, our aim is to have a scientific discussion among the experts who study deviant activities on social media, including but not limited to, detection of deviant/disruptive behaviors on social media; misinformation detection, identification, and dissemination; case studies of misinformation; etc. This includes the following topics:

● Misinformation detection
● Misinformation dissemination strategies
● Cross-platform dissemination
● Hashtag Latching
● Propaganda dissemination
● Deviant behaviors on social media platforms
● Coordination strategies and detection
● Cyber Flash Mobs
● Spamming
● Algorithmic Manipulation such as Recommendation Manipulation
● Inorganic behaviors
● Bots behaviors, evolution, and detection
● Online Trolls detection and strategies,
● Hate Speech (Toxic or polarizing or disruptive content)
● Narratives in misinformation campaigns

**In the light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the upcoming US. elections, we also solicit papers focused on disinformation and misinformation being disseminated related to these events.**

Tentative Dates:
Submission due: September 11, 2020
Notification to authors: October 25, 2020
Camera-ready due: November 8, 2020

Submission Info:
Full paper manuscripts must be in English with a maximum length of 10 pages (using the IEEE two-column template). Submissions should be in PDF and include the title, author(s), affiliation(s), e-mail address(es), and abstract on the first page. Workshop papers can be submitted through the submission portal.

Papers should be formatted according to IEEE Computer Society Proceedings Manuscript Formatting Guidelines (see links to "formatting instructions" below).

Formatting Instructions
8.5" x 11" (DOC, PDF)
LaTex Formatting Macros

All papers accepted for the workshop will be included in the Conference Proceedings published by the IEEE Computer Society Press.

Workshop Program Chairs:
Muhammad Nihal Hussain, Ph.D.
Postdoc Researcher, COSMOS research lab at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Kiran Kumar Bandeli, Ph.D.
Data Scientist, Walmart Inc.

Samer Al-khateeb, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Creighton University

Nitin Agarwal, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor, COSMOS research lab at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Web Chair:
Thomas Marcoux,
Ph.D. Student, COSMOS research lab at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock

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