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Full Title: 1st Workshop on Abusive Language Online

Short Title: ALW1
Location: Vanouver, BC, Canada
Start Date: 03-Aug-2017 - 04-Aug-2017
Contact: Joel Tetreault
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Meeting Description: The last few years have seen a surge in abusive online behavior, with governments, social media platforms, and individuals struggling to cope with the consequences. Online forums, comment sections, and social media interaction in general have become a playground of bullying, scapegoating, and hate speech. These forms of online aggression not only poison the social climate of the communities that experience it, but also lower the inhibition for direct physical violence, and increasingly even result in it.

As a field that directly works with computing over language, Natural Language Processing researchers are in a unique position to develop automated methods to analyze, detect, and filter abusive language. Additionally, we recognize that addressing abusive language is not solely the purview of NLP approaches but is a truly multi-disciplinary problem and thus requires knowledge from other fields, including but not limited to: psychology, sociology, law, gender studies, digital communication, and critical race theory.

In this one day workshop, we aim to provide a space for researchers of various disciplines to meet and discuss approaches to abusive language. The workshop will include invited speakers and panelists from fields outside of NLP, as well as solicit papers from researchers across all areas. In addition, the workshop will host an ''unshared task''.
Linguistic Subfield: Computational Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Sociolinguistics
LL Issue: 28.409

This is a session of the following meeting:
55th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics

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