2024 IEEE Conference on Digital Platforms and Societal Harms – Call for Papers Deadline 15 April

By on February 13th, 2024 in Call for Papers, Conferences

The 2024 IEEE Conference on Digital Platforms and Societal Harms  takes place at American University, Washington DC, USA on 14 – 15 October. It is supported by IEEE Computer Society, IEEE Computer Society Northern Virginia/Washington Jt Chapter and IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT).

This event focuses on Hate Speech, Extremism & Exploitation, and Misinformation & Disinformation, some of key contributors to societal harm that are amplified through digital platforms. The event will deliver insights from experts developing cutting-edge technical solutions, hear how governments and civil society are tackling these challenges, and learn what public policy experts recommend for the future. Participants will hear from experts, join Q&A sessions with the speakers, and participate in small group discussions on each topic.v

Call for Papers

The pervasiveness of digital platforms and social media makes them a battleground for bad actors to fabricate and propagate massive amounts of harmful information, such as hate speech, discrimination, violent extremism, child sexual abuse, disinformation and misinformation, with massive online engagement. There is an urgent need for broad collaborations among various stakeholders, including academia researchers from  multi-disciplines, technologists, law and policy makers, non-profit organizations, private sectors, and end users.

This conference aims to provide a venue to facilitate discussions among various stakeholders from relevant but diverse disciplines. Interdisciplinary studies are especially welcomed. Interesting topics include but are not limited to:

  • Law and public policy, such as Approaches to harm minimisation; Trade offs between competing legal and policy incentives; Global trends in government responses & intervention to social harms;  Human behavior and emotional regulation; Public-private cooperation to address social harms

  • Tech/private sector policy and governance, such as Development of corporate policies and safety by design; Responsible tech governance, management and oversight; Corporate governance structure design; Protection, ranging from whistleblower protection to protection of designs as project progress; Balance competing policy incentives (free speech and harm minimisation); Transparency

  • Information aspects, such as Definitions of information trustworthiness, authenticity, integrity and credibility; Information quality and content moderation; Boundaries of journalistic behavior online; Suitability of news content from journalistic entities to surface ground truth

  • User aspects and psychological features, such as Definitions and analysis of online authentic behavior; Human behavior analysis; Cognitive tagging; Trust mechanisms; Moral foundations & ethical frameworks; Evolutionary features of online hate speech and disinformation; Hatred basis against various religious and ethnic groups; Human performance against DeepFake media; User views on government or corporate approaches to mitigating harms; User reporting mechanisms design; User safety

  • AI and digital harms, such as Ethical, Explainable and Sustainable AI; Algorithmic bias and discrimination; New datasets and evaluation methodologies; New approaches for ground truth labeling; DeepFake media generation or detection; AI chatbots as information assistant or opinion influencer; Open-source toolkits, Serverless AI Applications

  • Media propagation aspects, such as Propagation mechanism; Propagation and authenticity; Conspiracies, disinformation and propaganda; Regional and local media; Media fragmentation and changing patterns of media consumption and usage; Risks and opportunities of new media usage; Media representation, inequalities, and minorities; Media and information warfare

Timeline for paper submission:

  • Full paper submission: April 15, 2024
  • Acceptance notification: July 31, 2024
  • Camera Ready Manuscript: August 15, 2024

Instructions for Authors

Please visit https://tech-forum.computer.org/societal-harms-2024/callforpaper/ for details on paper templates, use of PDF eXpress, paper submission and copyright transfer.