Call for Papers

Web and Society

Track Chairs

Daniela Paolotti , ISI Foundation & ISI Global Science Foundation
Yu-Ru Lin , University of Pittsburgh, USA

The Web deeply impacts and co-evolves with societies world-wide. The Web constitutes a space irrespective of physical boundaries that changes how societies work in all aspects. In addition to rapid technical development that enables sensing, archiving, communicating, and connecting people within and between societies and societal groups, the Web also raises the need to reflect which values societies need to pursue and how to pursue them in an increasingly digitized world.

We welcome submissions in all areas that concern the interaction of Web and Society or Societies, such as studies that advance the understanding of the Web's impact -- relating and beyond applications of the social web, the interaction with traditional or mainstream media, and the impact on governments, non-governmental organizations and business, and in sectors such as health care, science, and education.

We also encourage papers concerning the interdisciplinary issues within the context of the Web and web-mediated societies, such as employment, labor, legislation, politics, governance, democracy and economics, as well as changes in homes, workplaces, schools, and the city. We appreciate methodological contribution (e.g., statistic, algorithmic and system approaches), as well as novel empirical findings.

Topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Computational Social Science
  • Novel Digital Data and/or Computational Analyses for Addressing Societal Challenges
  • Humanities, Arts and Culture on the Web
  • Data-driven Political Science
  • Modeling, Designing, Operating, and Evaluating Socio-technical Systems
  • Smart Cities
  • Ethical Issues in the Analysis of Web Data
  • Methods and Analyses for System/Algorithmic Accountability, Fairness and Bias Mitigation
  • Reproducibility and Transparency in Computational Social Science Research
  • Online Opinion Dynamics, Trust and Reputation
  • Temporal and Spatial Now-casting
  • Filter Bubbles and Online Polarization, Conflicts or Tribalization
  • Disinformation, Misinformation, Fact-checking, Media Manipulation, and Political Trolls
  • Mitigation of Abusive, Sexist, Racist, and Hateful Speech Online
  • Open Data and Innovation in Participatory Methods
  • Web-mediated Communities and Crowds including Massive Multiplayer Games, Massive Courses, Fora, and Others
  • Self-governance, Democracy, Civic Engagement, Collective Actions via the Web

Submissions should explain clearly how they are related to the interaction between Web and Society. Submissions must indicate how they have addressed the ethical and reproducibility dimensions of their research. We encourage interdisciplinary research approaches involving sociology, psychology, communication and media sciences, political sciences, health science or others.