[Corpora-List] Call for Papers: IEEE/ACM/ASA DSAA'2020 conference Special Session FAKE NEWS, BOTS AND TROLLS

Jenny Zhang xiuzhen.j.zhang at gmail.com
Wed Apr 1 01:11:39 CEST 2020

[Sorry for cross posting]

DSAA2020 Special Session




We remain optimistic that our Special Session will proceed as planned

at the beginning of October in Sydney, Australia. However, due to

ongoing uncertainty about future travel due to COVID-19, DSAA’2020

commits to allowing video presentations of accepted papers by authors

who are unable to attend due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. We look

forward to your submissions.


Fake news has become one of the main threats to our society. Although

fake news is not a new phenomenon, the exponential growth of social

media has offered an easy platform for its fast and wide propagation.

The threat is even greater when fake news dissemination has a

political or an ideological purpose, as it happens during electoral

campaigns or during extreme events able to endanger political regimes,

such as epidemics. Bots are commonly related to fake news spreading.

They can artificially inflate the popularity of an opinion or a

political candidate, as well as undermine the reputation of a targeted

politician and hinder an opposing view, by repeatedly spamming

contents produced by disinformation outlets. Other actors of

misbehaviour in social media are trolls that offend people, dominate

online discussions, and in general try to manipulate people's opinion

by triggering hate and anger, with the aim of interfering with the

regular public debate.

In this special session we would like the research community to share

how the above problems need to be addressed from several

interdisciplinary perspectives. Special emphasis will be on how news

broadcasting corporations fact check claims by politicians, public

figures, advocacy groups and institutions engaged in the public

debate; how crowd signals in social media can be used to flag fake

news; how online user activity fingerprints can be leveraged in order

to detect a malicious use of social networks; how pieces of

disinformation spread on social networks; how fake news broadcasters

cooperate to conduct misinformation campaigns; how to design a

semi-automated system that could trace and/or verify news shared

online, helping journalists to identify disinformation.

Topics of interest

Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

Computational approaches to the following tasks:

Detection of fake news spreaders

Detection of bots and trolls

Identification of information generated by bots and trolls

Patterns in fake news propagation

Credibility assessment of online information and information sources

Detection of polarization in online communities

Multimodal fake news detection

Eary detection of fake news

Fake news prevention, filtering and containment

Analysis/detection of multi-platform fake news spreading


Measurements and analysis of fake news impact

Resources for journalists for fake news detection


To be announced.


Papers for a special session should be submitted to the special

session track instead of the main conference in the DSAA'2020

submission system. Special session papers strictly follow the same

specifications, requirements and policies as the main conference

submissions in terms of the paper submission deadline, notification

deadline, paper formatting and length, and important policies. The

paper length allowed for the papers is a maximum of ten (10) pages.

The format for the papers is the standard 2-column U.S. letter style

IEEE Conference template. You can find more info here:


Guidelines about formatting Research and Application tracks papers

apply also to Special Session papers.

Special issue

Top-quality papers accepted at the DSAA2020 conference will be

selected for extension and invited to the special issues

of the International Journal of Data Science and Analytics (JDSA,

Springer) and some other journals DSAA2020 is working on.

Important Dates

Special Session Submission Deadline: 24 May 2020

Special Session Notification: 26 Jul 2020


Barrón-Cedeño Alberto, DIT, Università di Bologna, Italy

Giachanou Anastasia, Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain

Koltsova Olessia, National Research University Higher School of

Economics, Russia

Paolo Rosso, Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain

Semeraro Alfonso, Università degli Studi di Torino, Italy

Xiuzhen Jenny Zhang, RMIT University, Australia

Programme committee

Aiello Luca, Bells Labs, London, UK

Carman Mark, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Ciampaglia Giovanni Luca, University of South Florida, US

De Domenico Manlio, Bruno Kessler Foundation, Italy

Ferres Leo, Universidad de Deserrollo, Santiago de Chile, Chile

Ghanem Bilal, Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain

Gil Hermenegildo, Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain

Koltsov Sergei, National Research University Higher School of

Economics, Russia

Montes y Gómez Manuel, INAOE Puebla, Mexico

Nakov Preslav, Qatar Computing Research Institute, Qatar

Panchenko Alexander, Skoltech University, Russia

Paolotti Daniela, ISI Foundation, Turin, Italy

Ponzetto Simone Paolo, Univesität Mannheim, Germany

Rangel Francisco, Symanto, Germany

Rubin Victoria, University of Western Ontario, Canada

Schifanella Rossano, Università degli Studi di Torino, Italy

Sidorov Grigori, National Polytechnic Institute, Mexico

Stratu Strelet Doina, Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain

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