CyberSafety 2017 : Call for contributions: CyberSafety Workshop 2017

Posted on December 14, 2016 in Conferences
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Conference Dates Apr 3, 2017 - Apr 7, 2017
Conference Address Perth, Australia
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CyberSafety 2017 Call for Papers

The Second International Workshop on Computational Methods for CyberSafety

Co-located with WWW 2017 (April 3-7, 2017 at Perth, Australia)

The theme of cybersafety is an important emerging research topic on the Internet that manifests itself daily as users navigate the Web and networked applications. Examples of cybersafety issues include cyberbullying, cyberthreats, recruiting minors via Internet services for nefarious purposes, using deceptive means to dupe vulnerable populations, exhibiting misbehaving behaviors such as using profanity or flashing in online video chats, spreading rumors or hate speech via WWW services, and many others. These issues have a direct negative impact on the social, psychological and in some cases physical well-being of users. An important characteristic of these issues is that they fall in a grey legal area, where perpetrators may claim freedom of speech or rights to free expression despite causing harm.

We invite submissions of research on computational methods for addressing cybersafety. Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:

Human-computer interaction issues surrounding cybersafety

Data mining and machine learning approaches for cybersafety

Social science aspects of cybersafety


Cyberthreats, coercion, and predation

Hate speech

Social media vandalism

Misbehaving users in online video chat services

Trolls in chat rooms, discussion boards, and other social media

Deception to shape opinion, such as fake news, fake reviews

Deceptive techniques targeted at vulnerable populations such as the elderly and K-12 minors

Bad actors in social media

Online exposure of inappropriate material to minors

Education and promotion of safe spaces

Interface design to improve cybersafety

Remedies for preventing or thwarting cybersafety issues

Grooming and sexual predation

Radicalization via social media

Paper Submission

Authors are invited to submit papers of 4-8 pages in length. Papers should be submitted electronically in PDF format, using the ACM SIG Proceedings format (, with a font size no smaller than 9pt. The formatted manuscript should be submitted via email to

All submissions will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published in the companion proceedings of the WWW conference and the ACM digital library.

Important Dates

January 15, 2017: Paper submission deadline

January 31, 2017: Notification of acceptance

February 14, 2017: Camera-ready deadline

Program Committee Co-Chairs

Homa Hosseinmardi, Danaher Labs, USA

Qin Lv, University of Colorado Boulder, USA

Program Committee

Richard Han, University of Colorado Boulder, USA

Emiliano De Cristofaro, University College London, UK

Francesca Spezzano, Boise State University, Boise, USA

Gianluca Stringhini, University College, London, UK

Emilio Ferrara, University of Southern California, USA

Keith W. Ross, New York University, USA

April Edwards, Ursinus College, Collegeville, USA

Haewoon Kwak, Scientist, Qatar Computing Research Institute, Qatar

Michal Ptaszynski, Kitami Institute of Technology, Kitami, Japan

Publicity Chair

Srijan Kumar, University of Maryland, USA

Organizing Committee

Shivakant Mishra, University of Colorado Boulder, USA

Jeremy Blackburn, Telefonica Research, Spain

Bert Huang, Virginia Tech, USA

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