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FNBT 2020 : DSAA2020 Special Session FAKE NEWS, BOTS AND TROLLS


When Oct 4, 2020 - Oct 9, 2020
Where Sidney, Australia
Submission Deadline May 24, 2020
Notification Due Jul 26, 2020
Categories    NLP

Call For Papers

DSAA2020 Special Session

We remain optimistic that our Special Session will proceed as planned at the beginning of October in Sydney, Australia. However, due to ongoing uncertainty about future travel due to COVID-19, DSAA’2020 commits to allowing video presentations of accepted papers by authors who are unable to attend due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. We look forward to your submissions.

Fake news has become one of the main threats to our society. Although fake news is not a new phenomenon, the exponential growth of social media has offered an easy platform for its fast and wide propagation. The threat is even greater when fake news dissemination has a political or an ideological purpose, as it happens during electoral campaigns or during extreme events able to endanger political regimes, such as epidemics. Bots are commonly related to fake news spreading. They can artificially inflate the popularity of an opinion or a political candidate, as well as undermine the reputation of a targeted politician and hinder an opposing view, by repeatedly spamming contents produced by disinformation outlets. Other actors of misbehaviour in social media are trolls that offend people, dominate online discussions, and in general try to manipulate people's opinion by triggering hate and anger, with the aim of interfering with the regular public debate.

In this special session we would like the research community to share how the above problems need to be addressed from several interdisciplinary perspectives. Special emphasis will be on how news broadcasting corporations fact check claims by politicians, public figures, advocacy groups and institutions engaged in the public debate; how crowd signals in social media can be used to flag fake news; how online user activity fingerprints can be leveraged in order to detect a malicious use of social networks; how pieces of disinformation spread on social networks; how fake news broadcasters cooperate to conduct misinformation campaigns; how to design a semi-automated system that could trace and/or verify news shared online, helping journalists to identify disinformation.

Topics of interest
Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

Computational approaches to the following tasks:
Detection of fake news spreaders
Detection of bots and trolls
Identification of information generated by bots and trolls
Patterns in fake news propagation
Credibility assessment of online information and information sources
Detection of polarization in online communities
Multimodal fake news detection
Eary detection of fake news
Fake news prevention, filtering and containment
Analysis/detection of multi-platform fake news spreading

Measurements and analysis of fake news impact
Resources for journalists for fake news detection

To be announced.

Papers for a special session should be submitted to the special session track instead of the main conference in the DSAA'2020 submission system. Special session papers strictly follow the same specifications, requirements and policies as the main conference submissions in terms of the paper submission deadline, notification deadline, paper formatting and length, and important policies. The paper length allowed for the papers is a maximum of ten (10) pages. The format for the papers is the standard 2-column U.S. letter style IEEE Conference template. You can find more info here:

Guidelines about formatting Research and Application tracks papers apply also to Special Session papers.

Special issue
Top-quality papers accepted at the DSAA2020 conference will be selected for extension and invited to the special issues
of the International Journal of Data Science and Analytics (JDSA, Springer) and some other journals DSAA2020 is working on.

Important Dates
Special Session Submission Deadline: 24 May 2020
Special Session Notification: 26 Jul 2020

Barrón-Cedeño Alberto, DIT, Università di Bologna, Italy
Giachanou Anastasia, Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain
Koltsova Olessia, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Russia
Paolo Rosso, Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain
Semeraro Alfonso, Università degli Studi di Torino, Italy
Xiuzhen Jenny Zhang, RMIT University, Australia

Programme committee
Aiello Luca, Bells Labs, London, UK
Carman Mark, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Ciampaglia Giovanni Luca, University of South Florida, US
De Domenico Manlio, Bruno Kessler Foundation, Italy
Ferres Leo, Universidad de Deserrollo, Santiago de Chile, Chile
Ghanem Bilal, Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain
Gil Hermenegildo, Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain
Koltsov Sergei, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Russia
Montes y Gómez Manuel, INAOE Puebla, Mexico
Nakov Preslav, Qatar Computing Research Institute, Qatar
Panchenko Alexander, Skoltech University, Russia
Paolotti Daniela, ISI Foundation, Turin, Italy
Ponzetto Simone Paolo, Univesität Mannheim, Germany
Rangel Francisco, Symanto, Germany
Rubin Victoria, University of Western Ontario, Canada
Schifanella Rossano, Università degli Studi di Torino, Italy
Sidorov Grigori, National Polytechnic Institute, Mexico
Stratu Strelet Doina, Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain
Tambuscio Marcella, Austraian Academy of Science, Austria

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