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WOAH 2023 : The 7th Workshop on Online Abuse and Harms


When Jul 13, 2023 - Jul 13, 2023
Where Toronto, Canada
Submission Deadline May 2, 2023
Notification Due May 26, 2023
Final Version Due Jun 2, 2023

Call For Papers

*** First Call for Papers ***
*** The 7th Workshop on Online Abuse and Harms (WOAH) ***

Important Dates
- Submission due: May 2, 2023
- ARR reviewed submission due: May 22, 2023
- Notification of acceptance: May 26, 2023
- Camera-ready papers due: June 2, 2023
- Workshop: July 13, 2023
All deadlines are 11:59 PM AoE time.

The Workshop on Online Abuse and Harms (WOAH) invites paper submissions from a wide range of fields, including natural language processing, machine learning, computational social sciences, law, politics, psychology, sociology and cultural studies. We explicitly encourage interdisciplinary submissions, technical as well as non-technical submissions, and submissions that focus on under-resourced languages. We also invite non-archival submissions and civil society reports.
The topics covered by WOAH include, but are not limited to:
New models or methods for detecting abusive and harmful online content;
Biases and limitations of existing detection models or datasets for abusive and harmful online content, particularly those in commercial use;
New datasets and taxonomies for online abuse and harms;
Dynamics of online abuse and harms, as well as their impact on different communities
Social, legal, and ethical implications of detecting, monitoring and moderating online abuse
In addition, we invite submissions related to the theme for this seventh edition of WOAH, which will be *subjectivity and disagreement in abusive language data*. Hate speech and other forms of abuse are highly subjective. By choosing this theme, we want to encourage submissions that analyse, address or make use of this subjectivity. To match the theme and complement thematic submissions, we have invited a strong lineup of relevant speakers.

Submission Guidelines
Submission is electronic, using the Softconf START conference management system.

The workshop will accept three types of papers.
1) Academic Papers (long and short): Long papers of up to 8 pages, excluding references, and short papers of up to 4 pages, excluding references. Unlimited pages for references and appendices. Accepted papers will be given an additional page of content to address reviewer comments. Previously published papers cannot be accepted.
2) Non-Archival Submissions: Up to 2 pages, excluding references, to summarise and showcase in-progress work and work published elsewhere.
3) Civil Society Reports: Non-archival submissions, with a minimum of 2 pages and no upper limit. Can include work published elsewhere.
All submissions must use the official ACL 2023 style files. Submissions that do not conform to the required styles, including paper size, margin width, and font size restrictions, will be rejected without review. All submissions should adhere to the workshop policies
All submissions, except for civil society reports, must be fully anonymised. Self-references that reveal the author's identity, e.g., "We previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...", should be avoided. Instead, use citations such as "Smith previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...".
Following the ACL 2023 guidelines, we believe that it is also important to discuss the limitations of your work, in addition to its strengths. The “Limitations” section will appear at the end of the paper, after the discussion/conclusions section and before the references, and will not count towards the page limit.

Multiple Submissions Policy
The workshop allows for multiple submissions.
Papers that have been or will be presented at other venues may only be presented as non-archival. Papers that are presented at the main conference (ACL 2023) can be presented at the workshop as non-archival.

Yi-Ling Chung, The Alan Turing Institute
Aida Mostafazadeh Davani, Google
Debora Nozza, Bocconi University
Paul Röttger, University of Oxford
Zeerak Talat, Digital Democracies Institute, Simon Fraser University

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