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ICWSM-DC 2020 : ICWSM Data Challenge


When Jun 8, 2020 - Jun 8, 2020
Where Atlanta, USA
Submission Deadline May 15, 2020
Notification Due May 25, 2020
Final Version Due Jun 1, 2020

Call For Papers

Call For Participation

ICWSM 2020 is hosting the first ICWSM data challenge to bring together researchers from across disciplines to solve societally-relevant problems together as a community. This will be enabled by fostering collaboration and exchange of ideas in a structured setting. This year’s data challenge theme is Safety. To achieve this, we invite participants to work on two pertinent datasets in the areas of Misinformation and Abusive behavior in social media.

We invite papers that offer modeling and understanding of misinformation or abusive behavior based on the datasets we provide, or identify other important related dimensions to study those two datasets. We welcome submissions on topics including - but not limited to - the following: computational models, theories, insights for misinformation/abusive behavior.

The two datasets were selected after extensive deliberation to meet our four key criteria:
- The dataset should address societally relevant topics of interest to researchers and practitioners from multiple disciplines,
- The dataset should have the ability to answer multiple interesting questions,
- The dataset should have high quality and large quantity of rich data, and
- The dataset should be relatively new.

ICWSM data challenge is a full day workshop taking place on June 8th, 2020 in conjunction with ICWSM 2020, Atlanta, USA. Challenge participants will have the opportunity to present their work and discuss with other workshop participants at the workshop.

Workshop URL:
Submission Site:

Important Dates:
Data Challenge opens: Feb 21st, 2020
Paper Submission deadline - May 15th, 2020
Data Challenge notification - May 25st, 2020
ICWSM Data Challenge Full day Workshop - June 8th, 2020

Task Description:

Task 1 - The Study of Misinformation in News Articles

This dataset contains 713k articles collected between 02/2018-11/2018, which were collected directly from 194 news and media outlets including mainstream, hyper-partisan, and conspiracy sources. It also includes ground truth ratings of the sources collected from 8 different assessment sites covering multiple dimensions of veracity, including reliability, bias, transparency, adherence to journalistic standards, and consumer trust.
In this task, you are free to use the dataset to a research problem of your choice. Some examples are: what tactics are used by news producers publishing false, misleading or propaganda news? How do false news change over time? Can we build better machine learning algorithms to detect misinformation? How can models built on this dataset be generalized to other new articles? We invite papers investigating any related themes here, and descriptions of running projects and ongoing work in this space.

Dataset link:

Dataset Paper Reference
Nørregaard, Jeppe, Benjamin D. Horne, and Sibel Adalı. "NELA-GT-2018: A large multi-labelled news dataset for the study of misinformation in news articles." In Proceedings of the International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media, 2019.

Task 2 - Twitter Abusive Behavior identification

This dataset consists of 100k annotated tweets associated with Inappropriate speech like abusive and hateful speech, as well as Normal interactions and Spam. Online social media suffers from many kinds of abusive behavior such as hate speech, bullying, racism, and sexism. Identifying abusive behavior will help protect users from harmful content. This crowd sourced dataset is the end result of a 8-month study of abusive behavior on twitter.

In this task, you are free to apply the dataset to investigate a research problem of your choice. Some example applications of this task are: building better models to identify abusive behavior, providing insights and research directions in this area, identify other user responses to abusive content and derive insights into how other users react to abusive behavior online, identifying intervention mechanisms to detect and mitigate abusive behavior in the context of online social media. We invite papers investigating any related themes, and descriptions of running projects and ongoing work in this space.

Dataset link:

Dataset Paper Reference
Founta, Antigoni Maria, Constantinos Djouvas, Despoina Chatzakou, Ilias Leontiadis, Jeremy Blackburn, Gianluca Stringhini, Athena Vakali, Michael Sirivianos, and Nicolas Kourtellis. "Large scale crowdsourcing and characterization of twitter abusive behavior." In Proceedings of the International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media, 2018.

The data challenge is open to everyone.

Details about evaluation metrics and other aspects of the tasks can be found at the website:

Submission instructions:
Submission should be made via EasyChair and must follow the formatting guidelines for ICWSM-2020. All submissions must be anonymous and conform to AAAI standards for double-blind review. Both short papers (4 pages including references) and posters (2 pages including references) that adhere to the 2-column AAAI format will be considered for review.

Submission Site:

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