*Detecting Online Propaganda and Misinformation*
Publisher: World Scientific, Singapore.
Prof. Mark Last, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. Email: mlast at bgu.ac.il.
Dr. Marina Litvak, Shamoon Academic College, Israel. Email: litvak.marina at gmail.com
Lin Miao, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. Email: miaol at post.bgu.ac.il Important Dates
Chapter Proposal Submission: September 15, 2021
Notification of Proposal Acceptance: October 15, 2021
Full Chapter Submission: February 15, 2022
Notification for chapter acceptance: April 30, 2022
Submission of the camera-ready chapters: June 30, 2022
Anticipated book publication: By the end of 2022
Scope and Purpose
Propaganda is defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary as a term denoting (quote) “ideas or information that are of questionable accuracy as a means of advancing a cause”. Originally being a neutral concept, it has become heavily associated with deliberate manipulation of facts, arguments, and symbols. The Internet has provided new and effective ways of propaganda dissemination such as public websites, online forums, social network platforms, and multimedia channels. As the state-of-the-art online tools are being actively misused by authoritarian regimes, terrorist organizations and lone-wolf hate criminals, accurate and timely detection of propaganda content remains an extremely challenging task. The goal of this book is to discuss the difficulties of developing automated methods and systems for online propaganda and misinformation detection, along with the potential contribution of machine learning techniques to this important endeavor.
Submissions are solicited on the following topics, but not limited to:
· Online propaganda tools and techniques
· Propaganda and misinformation on social media
· Fake news detection
· Manipulating multimedia content for misinformation spreading
· Summarization of propaganda content
· Multilingual propaganda detection
· Propaganda and misinformation on the Dark Web
· Health-related misinformation detection
· Troll activity monitoring
· Real-time detection and analysis of malicious streaming content
· Open-source intelligence in cyberspace
· Cyber terrorism
PROPOSAL SUBMISSION: Prospective authors should submit a chapter proposal by September 15, 2021 including the following information:
· Title of the contribution/chapter
· Name, affiliation, and email address of each author
· Preliminary abstract of the proposed chapter (150 – 250 words)
PROPOSAL ACCEPTANCE NOTIFICATION: Authors will be notified by October 15, 2021 about the status of their proposals. In this process, we will consider whether the proposal fits the scope of the book and how well the subject of the proposal is integrated with the other book chapters.
FULL CHAPTER SUBMISSION: Chapters have to be 15-25 pages length and will be reviewed by two/three expert reviewers to ensure the quality of the volume. All contributions must be original work, which has not been published elsewhere nor is currently under review for any other publication. The deadline for submission is February 15, 2022.
CHAPTER ACCEPTANCE NOTIFICATION: Authors of submitted chapters will be notified by April 30, 2022 about the acceptance/rejection decisions and the reviewers’ comments.
CAMERA-READY CHAPTER DUE: Camera-ready version of the accepted chapters incorporating revisions (if any) is expected to be submitted by June 30, 2022.
BOOK PUBLICATION: The book is anticipated to appear in print by the end of 2022.
Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded to Prof. Mark Last ( mlast at bgu.ac.il). Please use the subject "Online Propaganda Book".
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