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FAccTRec 2020 : UPDATED: RecSys2020 Workshop: The 3rd FAccTRec Workshop on Responsible Recommendation


When Sep 26, 2020 - Sep 26, 2020
Where online
Submission Deadline Jul 29, 2020
Notification Due Aug 21, 2020
Final Version Due Sep 4, 2020
Categories    recommender system   ethics   fairness

Call For Papers

UPDATED: Due to the pandemic of the COVID-19, the main conference RecSys2020 will be held in an online form. Following the change, the FAccTRec workshop will be an online form, and the submission deadline is updated to July 29.


We are pleased to announce the call for papers of the FAccTRec2020 workshop in conjunction with the RecSys2020 conference. The FAccTRec is a venue for discussion, and no official proceedings will not be published. We allow manuscripts that are already published or currently submitting, as well as original ones. The deadline is **July 13, 2020**. You can find the details of submission below

FAccTRec2020 workshop

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* 2020-07-29: Paper submission deadline
* 2020-09-26: Workshop (full day, online)

The 3rd FAccTRec Workshop on Responsible Recommendation

The 3rd FAccTRec Workshop on Responsible Recommendation at RecSys 2020 ( ) is a venue for discussing problems of social responsibility in maintaining, evaluating, and studying recommender systems. The importance of the problem is now increasing due to the empowerment of social networking technologies and the change of social environment, such as the enforcement of the EU General Data Protection Regulation. In this workshop, we welcome research and position papers about ethical, social, and legal issues brought by the development and the use of recommendation. And, we will conduct a discussion for research to contribute socially responsible recommendations.

Topics of Interest

FAccTRec stands for Fairness, Accountability and Transparency in Recommender Systems and aims to draw attention to these issues at ACM RecSys, as has been done in the machine learning community through events such as FAccT conference ( ). There are many potential aspects of responsibility in recommendation, including (but not limited to):

* Responsibility: what does it mean for a recommender system to be socially responsible? How can we assess the social and human impact of recommender systems?
* Fairness: what might ‘fairness’ mean in the context of recommendation? How could a recommender be unfair, and how could we measure such unfairness?
* Accountability: to whom, and under what standard, should a recommender system be accountable? How can or should it and its operators be held accountable? What harms should such accountability be designed to prevent?
* Transparency: what is the value of transparency in recommendation, and how might it be achieved? How might it trade off with other important concerns?
* Compliance: how should algorithms and especially recommendation algorithms be designed to adhere the laws or regulations, such as the EU GDPR ( ) or the IEEE EAD ( )? How should data collection be rethought to meet those new privacy standards ? How to meet the requirements in terms of transparency and explainability of algorithmic decisions.
* Safety: how can a recommender system distort users' opinions? what is required to be resilient to such a distortion? What is a proper treatment of private or sensitive information when making recommendations?

Submission Guidelines

We encourage submissions in the above topics. No official proceedings will not be published, because the focus of this workshop is discussion about the directions to build and manage responsible recommender systems and to provide feedback on early-stage research. All accepted papers manuscripts will be expected to be posted on by the authors, and an arXiv Index will index the accepted papers. We allow manuscripts that have already published or that are currently submitted to another venue, so long as arXiv publication is compatible with that venue's requirements; already-published manuscripts should be accompanied by a cover abstract justifying their contribution specifically to FAccTRec.

Manuscripts must be submitted through an online submission system and will be reviewed by a program committee. The review process is a single-blind, the authors names do not need to be anonymized. Presentations will be held in an oral or a poster style.

### Position Papers

Position papers address one or more of the above themes, or practical issues in building responsible recommendations. These could be both research systems or production systems in industry. The number of pages should be limited to three (3) pages in the ACM manuscript format and two (2) pages in the ACM sigconf format..

### Research Papers

Research papers present empirical or analytical results related to the social impact of recommender systems or algorithms. These could be explorations of bias in recommender systems (either live systems or sandboxed algorithms), explainability and transparency of recommender systems, experiments regarding the impact of the recommender on its users or others, etc. We will construe the topics broadly. The number of pages should be limited from five (5) to eight (8) pages in the ACM manuscript format and from four (4) to six (6) pages in the ACM sigconf format.

### Paper format

We encourage you to format in the ACM manuscript / sigconf format ( ) with the subsequent options.

* \setcopyright{none}
* a `CCS` class and keywords parts can be omitted.

However, we will not limit to this format, and will accept one of the ACM sigconf, the IEEE proceedings format, the NeurIPS format, and the ICML proceedings format.
The number of words should be limited to 2000 words for position papers, and 3000 - 5000 words for research papers. Each display-style-equation is counted as 30 words and each figure or table is counted as 200 words.

Important Dates

* 2020-07-29: Paper submission deadline
* 2020-08-21: Author notification
* 2020-09-04: Camera-ready version deadline
* 2020-09-26: Workshop (full day, online)

TIMEZONE: Anywhere On Earth


* Michael D. Ekstrand ( ), Boise State University
* Jean Garcia-Gathright ( ), Spotify
* Nasim Sonboli ( ), University of Colorado Boulder
* Toshihiro Kamishima ( ), National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)

FAccT Network

The FAccTRec 2020 workshop is proudly a part of the [FAccT network](, to publish and engage with fairness, accountability, and transparency scholars across connected disciplines.

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