LINGUIST List 31.1607

Wed May 13 2020

Calls: Applied Ling, Comp Ling, Socioling, Text/Corpus Ling/Online

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 13-May-2020
From: Bertie Vidgen <>
Subject: The Workshop on Online Abuse and Harms
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Full Title: The Workshop on Online Abuse and Harms
Short Title: WOAH

Date: 20-Nov-2020 - 20-Nov-2020
Location: Now entirely virtual, Dominican Republic
Contact Person: Bertie Vidgen
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Computational Linguistics; Sociolinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 29-Sep-2020

Meeting Description:

Digital technologies have brought myriad benefits for society, transforming how people connect, communicate and interact with each other. However, they have also enabled harmful and abusive behaviours, from interpersonal aggression to bullying and hate speech, to reach large audiences and for their negative effects to be amplified. The negative effects are further compounded as marginalised and vulnerable communities are disproportionately at the risk of receiving abuse. As policymakers, civil society and tech companies devote more resources and time to tackle online abuse, there is a pressing need for scientific research that rigorously investigates how we define harms, how it is detected, moderated and countered.

Call for Papers:

For the fourth edition of the Workshop on Online Abuse and Harms (4th WOAH!) our theme is: Social Bias and Unfairness in Online Abuse Detection. This iteration of the workshop will bring together NLP researchers, members of groups that are likely to be discriminated against, ethics researchers, sociologists, technologists working on fairness and accountability, and legal experts to discuss the nuances of justice, fairness, accountability, and ethics of autonomous systems. The workshop will have four components:
1. Regular paper submissions, both short (4 pages) and long (8 pages).
2. Submissions from civil society (5 to 20 pages).
3. Shared Exploration; to get researchers to creatively engage in the problem area.
4. a multidisciplinary panel discussion.

We continue to emphasize the need for inter-, cross- and anti- disciplinary work on online abuse and harms, and invite paper submissions from a range of fields. These include but are not limited to: NLP, machine learning, computational social sciences, law, politics, psychology, network analysis, sociology and cultural studies. Additionally, in this iteration we invite civil society, in particular individuals and organisations working with women and marginalised communities who are often disproportionately affected by online abuse, to submit reports, case studies, findings, data, and to record their lived experiences. We hope that through these engagements we can develop computational tools which address the issues faced by those on the front-lines of tackling online abuse.

For research papers, we invite long (8 pages) and short (4 pages) academic/research papers on any of the following general topics.
Related to developing computational models and systems:
> NLP models and methods for detecting abusive language online, including, but not limited to hate speech, gender-based violence, cyberbullying etc.
> Application of NLP tools to analyze social media content and other large data sets
> NLP models for cross-lingual abusive language detection
> Computational models for multi-modal abuse detection
> Development of corpora and annotation guidelines
> Critical algorithm studies with a focus on content moderation technology
> Human-Computer Interaction for abusive language detection systems
> Best practices for using NLP techniques in watchdog settings
> Submissions addressing interpretability and social biases in content moderation technologies

Related to legal, social, and policy considerations of abusive language online:
> The social and personal consequences of being the target of abusive language and targeting others with abusive language
> Assessment of current (computational and non-computational) methods of addressing abusive language
> Legal ramifications of measures taken against abusive language use
> Social implications of monitoring and moderating unacceptable content
> Considerations of implemented and proposed policies for dealing with abusive language online and the technological means of dealing with it.

Submission Information:
We will be using the EMNLP 2020 Submission Guidelines. Authors are invited to submit a full paper of up to 8 pages of content with up to 2 additional pages for references. We also invite short papers of up to 4 pages of content, including 2 additional pages for references. We also invite abstract submissions of up to 2 pages, including 1 additional page for references. Accepted papers will be given an additional page of content to address reviewer comments.

Important information:
Data availability: All data has been released.
Shared Exploration papers due: September 7, 2020 (23h59, GMT-12,''anywhere on Earth'')
Camera ready papers due: October 14, 2020
Submission portal:
Mailing list: Interested parties are encouraged to subscribe to the shared task mailing list at!forum/woah-shared-exploration-2020.
Organizer E-mail:

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