Web and Society

We invite research contributions to the Web and Society track at the 27th edition of The Web Conference (WWW2018), to be held April 23-27, 2018 in Lyon, France (/www2018/).

The Web deeply impacts societies world-wide. The Web constitutes a platform that facilitates as well as changes the way that societies work. The Web has been established as an instrument for sensing what is happening within and between societies and societal groups. And, finally, the Web raises the need to reflect which values societies need to pursue and how to pursue them in an increasingly digitized world.

We encourage submissions in all areas that concern the interaction of Web and Society or Societies. We appreciate algorithmic and system approaches, as well as data studies.

Example topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Computational social science
  • Data-driven political science
  • Digital democracy
  • Humanities, arts and culture on the Web
  • Smart cities
  • Ethical issues in data analysis and Web systems
  • Methods and analyses of algorithmic accountability
  • Reproducibility in computational social science research
  • Social machines
  • Building and evaluating socio-technical systems
  • Online opinion dynamics
  • Trust and reputation
  • Temporal and spatial now-casting
  • Sensing of people, animal and things
  • Abusive language online
  • Algorithmic fairness and bias correction
  • Filter bubbles and online polarization
  • Fake news and their implications
  • Novel digital data and/or computational analyses for addressing societal challenges

We appreciate if papers clarify how their approach relates to the interaction between Web and Society. We encourage interdisciplinary research approaches involving sociology, psychology, communication and media sciences, political sciences, or others. Papers should clarify how they have treated the ethical dimension of their research.

Track Chairs:

  • Steffen Staab (University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany)
  • Ingmar Weber (Qatar Computing Research Institute, Qatar)

Contact: www2018-web-and-society (at)

Program Committee:

  • Lada Adamic (Facebook Inc, United States)
  • Virgilio Almeida (UFMG, Brazil)
  • Kristen Altenburger (Stanford University, United States)
  • Jisun An (Qatar Computing Research Institute Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar)
  • Timothy Baldwin (The University of Melbourne, Australia)
  • Pablo Barberá (New York University, United States)
  • Payam Barnaghi (University of Surrey, United Kingdom)
  • Christian Bauckhage (Fraunhofer, Germany)
  • George Berry (Cornell University Department of Sociology, United States)
  • Peter Burnap (Cardiff University, United Kingdom)
  • Leslie Carr (University of Southampton, United Kingdom)
  • Meeyoung Cha (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea)
  • Allison Chaney (Princeton University, United States)
  • Lu Chen (LinkedIn, United States)
  • Munmun De Choudhury (Georgia Institute of Technology, United States)
  • Jana Diesner (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, United States)
  • Ying Ding (Indiana University Bloomington, United States)
  • Miriam Fernandez (Knowledge Media Institute, United Kingdom)
  • Emilio Ferrara (University of Southern California, United States)
  • Alessandro Flammini (Indiana U., United States)
  • David Garcia (Medical University of Vienna and Complexity Science Hub, Austria)
  • Venkata Rama Kiran Garimella (Aalto University, Finland)
  • Jennifer Golbeck (University of Maryland, United States)
  • Dan Goldwasser (Purdue University, United States)
  • Przemyslaw Grabowicz (Max Planck Institute for Software Systems (MPI-SWS), Spain)
  • Scott Hale (University of Oxford, United Kingdom)
  • Aniko Hannak (Northeaster University, United States)
  • Claudia Hauff (Delft University of Technology, Netherlands)
  • Conor Hayes (Insight Centre for Data Analytics NUI Galway, Ireland)
  • Shawndra Hill (Microsoft, United States)
  • Andreas Hotho (University of Wuerzburg, Germany)
  • Geert-Jan Houben (Delft University of Technology, Netherlands)
  • Alexander Jaimes (Columbia, United States)
  • Andreas Kaltenbrunner (NTENT, Spain)
  • Mark Keane (UCD Dublin, Ireland)
  • Brian Keegan (University of Colorado Boulder, United States)
  • Katharina Kinder-Kurlanda (GESIS Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, Germany)
  • Olessia Koltsova (National Research University Higher School of Economics, Russia)
  • Haewoon Kwak (Qatar Computing Research Institute, Qatar)
  • David Laniado (Eurecat – Technology centre of Catalonia, Spain)
  • Dongwon Lee (The Pennsylvania State University, United States)
  • Yu-Ru Lin (University of Pittsburgh, United States)
  • Markus Luczak-Roesch (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand)
  • Momin Malik (Carnegie Mellon University, United States)
  • Drew Margolin (Cornell University, United States)
  • Wagner Meira Jr. (UFMG, Brazil)
  • Kevin Munger (New York University, United States)
  • Wolfgang Nejdl (L3S and University of Hannover, Germany)
  • Laura Nelson (Northwestern University, United States)
  • Alexandra Olteanu (IBM, United States)
  • Paolo Parigi (Stanford University, United States)
  • Isabella Peters (ZBW, Germany)
  • Juergen Pfeffer (Technical University of Munich, Germany)
  • Hemant Purohit (George Mason University, United States)
  • Miriam Redi (Yahoo, Spain)
  • Camille Roth (Sciences Po, France)
  • Padmini Srinivasan (The University of Iowa, United States)
  • Gerd Stumme (University of Kassel, Germany)
  • Dario Taraborelli (Wikimedia Foundation, United States)
  • Milena Tsvetkova (University of Oxford, United Kingdom)
  • Lyle Ungar (University of Pennsylvania, United States)
  • Onur Varol (Northeastern University, United States)
  • Claudia Wagner (GESIS-Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, Germany)
  • Katrin Weller (GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, Germany)
  • Taha Yasseri (University of Oxford, United Kingdom)

Important dates:

  • Research tracks abstracts submission deadline : 26 October 2017
  • Research tracks full papers submission deadline : 31 October 2017
  • Research tracks acceptance notification : 22 December 2017
  • Research tracks papers final version due : 18 February 2018

All submission deadlines are at 9:00pm HAST.

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