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Mon Mar 01 2021

Calls: Comp Ling, Disc Analys, Socioling, Text/Corpus Ling/Mexico

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 01-Mar-2021
From: Anna Feldman <>
Subject: Fourth Workshop on NLP for Internet Freedom
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Full Title: Fourth Workshop on NLP for Internet Freedom
Short Title: NLP4IF 2021

Date: 06-Jun-2021 - 06-Jun-2021
Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Contact Person: Anna Feldman
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

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

Call Deadline: 15-Mar-2021

Meeting Description:

Fourth Workshop on NLP for Internet Freedom (NLP4IF): Censorship, Disinformation, and Propaganda

Co-located with NAACL 2021 (, currently scheduled to be held in Mexico City, Mexico

NLP4IF ( is dedicated to NLP methods that potentially contribute or hamper the free flow of information on the Internet, their impact, and to our understanding of the issues that arise in this area. We hope that our workshop will have a transformative impact on society by getting closer to achieving Internet freedom in countries where accessing and sharing of information are controlled by any forms of censorship.

Second Call for Papers:

We accept submissions of short and long papers. See the guidelines here:

The topics of interest include (but are not limited to) the following:
- Censorship
- Censorship detection: detecting deleted or edited text; detecting blocked keywords/banned terms;
- Censorship circumvention techniques: linguistically inspired countermeasures for Internet censorship such as keyword substitution, expanding coverage of existing banned terms, text paraphrasing, linguistic steganography, generating information morphs etc.;
- Detection of self-censorship;
- Identifying potentially censorable content;
- Techniques to empirically measure Internet censorship across communication platforms;
- Investigations on covert linguistic communication and its limits;
- Disinformation
- Dis-/Misinformation detection: fake/false/impostor news, fake accounts, rumor detection, etc.;
- Propaganda
- Identification of propaganda at different granularity levels: text fragment, document, and full website;
- (Comparative) analysis of the language of propagandistic and biased texts;
- Automatic generation of persuasive content;
- Tools to facilitate the flagging, either automatic or manual, of propaganda and bias in social media;
- Automatic detection of coordinated propaganda campaigns such as the use of social bots, botnets, and water armies;
- Analysis of diffusion and consumption of propagandistic, hyperpartisan, and extremely biased content in social media;
- Automatic debiasing of news content;

Other relevant topics include ( but not limited to)
- Identification of hate speech and offensive language;
- Identity and private information detection;
- Passive and targeted surveillance techniques;
- Ethics in NLP;
- “Walled gardens”, personalization and fragmentation of the online public space.

Submission page:

Shared Tasks:
Task 1: Fighting the COVID-19 Infodemic (in English, Arabic, and Bulgarian)

Task 2: Censorship Detection (in Chinese)

Important Dates (for regular paper submissions):
March 15, 2021: Workshop Papers Due Date
April 15, 2021: Notification of Acceptance
April 26, 2021: Camera-ready papers due (hard deadline)
June 6, 2021: NLP4IF Workshop
Note: All deadlines are 11:59 pm UTC -12h (anywhere on earth).

For the shared tasks timeline, please, see

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