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WOAH 2024 : 8th Workshop on Online Abuse and Harms


When Jun 20, 2024 - Jun 21, 2024
Where Mexico Coty, Mexico
Submission Deadline Mar 10, 2024
Notification Due Apr 14, 2024
Final Version Due Apr 24, 2024
Categories    NLP   computational linguistics   artificial intelligene

Call For Papers

*** First Call for Papers ***

We invite paper submissions to the 8th Workshop on Online Abuse and Harms (WOAH), which will take place on June 20/21 at NAACL 2024.


Important Dates

Submission due: March 10, 2024

ARR reviewed submission due: April 7, 2024

Notification of acceptance: April 14, 2024

Camera-ready papers due: April 24, 2024

Workshop: June 20-21, 2024


Digital technologies have brought many benefits for society, transforming how people connect, communicate and interact with each other. However, they have also enabled abusive and harmful content such as hate speech and harassment to reach large audiences, and for their negative effects to be amplified. The sheer amount of content shared online means that abuse and harm can only be tackled at scale with the help of computational tools. However, detecting and moderating online abuse and harms is a difficult task, with many technical, social, legal and ethical challenges. The Workshop on Online Abuse and Harms 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, including misinformation;
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;
New evaluation metrics and procedures for the detection of harmful content;
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 eighth edition of WOAH, which will be online harms in the age of large language models. Highly capable Large Language Models (LLMs) are now widely deployed and easily accessible by millions across the globe. Without proper safeguards, these LLMs will readily follow malicious instructions and generate toxic content. Even the safest LLMs can be exploited by bad actors for harmful purposes. With this theme, we invite submissions that explore the implications of LLMs for the creation, dissemination and detection of harmful online content. We are interested in how to stop LLMs from following malicious instructions and generating toxic content, but also how they could be used to improve content moderation and enable countermeasures like personalised counterspeech. To support our theme, we have invited an interdisciplinary line-up of high-profile speakers across academia, industry and public policy.


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

Submission link: TBD

The workshop will accept three types of papers.

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.
Non-Archival Submissions: Up to 2 pages, excluding references, to summarise and showcase in-progress work and work published elsewhere.
Civil Society Reports: Non-archival submissions, with a minimum of 2 pages and no upper limit. Can include work published elsewhere.

Format and styling

All submissions must use the official ACL two-column format, using the supplied official style files. The templates can be downloaded in Style Files and Formatting.

Please send any questions about the workshop to


Paul Röttger, Bocconi University

Yi-Ling Chung, The Alan Turing Institute

Debora Nozza, Bocconi University

Aida Mostafazadeh Davani, Google Research

Agostina Calabrese, University of Edinburgh

Flor Miriam Plaza-del-Arco, Bocconi University

Zeerak Talat, MBZUAI

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