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NLP4IF 2020 : COLING 2020 Third Workshop on NLP for Internet Freedom: Censorship, Disinformation, and Propaganda


When Dec 12, 2020 - Dec 12, 2020
Where Barcelona, Spain
Submission Deadline Sep 1, 2020
Notification Due Oct 1, 2020
Final Version Due Oct 20, 2020
Categories    NLP

Call For Papers

COLING 2020 Third Workshop on NLP for Internet Freedom
(NLP4IF): Censorship, Disinformation, and Propaganda

First Call for Papers

Workshop website:
Co-located with COLING 2020, Barcelona, Spain
Accepted papers will be published in the COLING 2020 NLP4IF
Workshop Proceedings

Important Dates
* Submission deadline: September 1, 2020 (23:59 PM Pacific
Standard Time)
* Notification of acceptance: October 1, 2020
* Camera-ready papers due: October 20, 2020
* Workshop: December 12, 2020

NLP4IF ( is dedicated to NLP
methods that potentially contribute or hamper the free flow of
information on the Internet, their impact, and to our
understanding of the issues that arise in this area. We hope
that our workshop will have a transformative impact on society
by getting closer to achieving Internet freedom in countries
where accessing and sharing of information are controlled by
any forms of censorship.

We invite submissions of up to nine (9) pages maximum, plus
bibliography for long papers and four (4) pages, plus
bibliography, for short papers. For full submission guidelines,
please refer to the workshop ahomepage. The topics of interest
include (but are not limited to) the following:

Censorship detection: detecting deleted or edited text;
detecting blocked keywords/banned terms;
Censorship circumvention techniques: linguistically inspired
countermeasures for Internet censorship such as keyword
substitution, expanding coverage of existing banned terms, text
paraphrasing, linguistic steganography, generating information
morphs etc.;
Detection of self-censorship;
Identifying potentially censorable content;
Techniques to empirically measure Internet censorship across
communication platforms;
Investigations on covert linguistic communication and its
Dis-/Misinformation detection: fake/false/impostor news, fake
accounts, rumor detection, etc.;
Identification of propaganda at different granularity levels:
text fragment, document, and full website;
(Comparative) analysis of the language of propagandistic and
biased texts;
Automatic generation of persuasive content;
Tools to facilitate the flagging, either automatic or manual,
of propaganda and bias in social media;
Automatic detection of coordinated propaganda campaigns such as
the use of social bots, botnets, and water armies;
Analysis of diffusion and consumption of propagandistic,
hyperpartisan, and extremely biased content in social media;
Automatic debiasing of news content;

Other relevant topics include ( but not limited to)
Identification of hate speech and offensive language;
Identity and private information detection;
Passive and targeted surveillance techniques;
Ethics in NLP;
Walled gardens, personalization and fragmentation of the online
public space.

Submission page:
Formatting requirements:

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