Web and Society Track
Call for Papers

Track chairs: (www2022-society@easychair.org)

  • Pauline Leonard (University of Southampton)
  • Bob West (EPFL)

We invite research contributions to the Web & Society track at the 31st edition of The Web Conference (formerly known as WWW), to be held online April 25-29, 2022, hosted by Lyon, France (/www2022/).

The Web deeply impacts and co-evolves with societies worldwide. The Web constitutes a space irrespective of physical boundaries that changes how societies work in all aspects. In addition to rapid technological development that enables sensing, archiving, organizing, communicating, and connecting people within and between societies and social groups, the Web also raises the need to reflect which values societies need to pursue and how to pursue them in an increasingly digitized and diversified world.

We welcome submissions in all areas that concern the interaction of the Web and society or societies, such as studies that advance the understanding of the Web’s impact—relating to, and beyond, applications of the social Web, the interaction with traditional or mainstream media, and the impact on governments, non-governmental organizations and business, in sectors such as healthcare, science, and education, and on social structures, in/equalities, and social groups.

We also encourage papers concerning interdisciplinary issues in the context of the Web and Web-mediated societies, such as employment, labor, legislation, politics, governance, democracy, economics, as well as changes in homes, workplaces, schools, and cities. We appreciate a broad range of methodological contributions (from statistical, algorithmic, and systems approaches to qualitative and ethnographic approaches) and novel theoretical, empirical and phenomenological findings.

Health on the Web: The Web & Society track also includes research related to health on the Web (previously a separate track) that brings together advances in Web-related computer science with direct benefits to the medical and health domains. Relevant research includes advances in computer science as applied to health or medicine on the Web, significant advances in health, utilizing existing state-of-the-art computational techniques, and reports on significant lessons learned from real-world deployment of medicine or health-related Web technology. Of particular interest is research showing how the Web can improve individual and public health or provide better healthcare delivery. Submissions related to the Covid-19 pandemic are also welcome.

The Web & Society Track welcomes a wide range of topics which may include (but are not limited to):

  • Computational Social Science
  • Novel Digital Data and/or Computational Analyses for Addressing Societal Challenges
  • Humanities, Arts, and Culture on the Web
  • Social-technical inequalities and diversities
  • Data-driven Political Science
  • The Dark Web
  • Modeling, Designing, Operating, and Evaluating Socio-technical Systems Smart Cities
  • Online Opinion Dynamics, Trust, and Reputation
  • Temporal and Spatial Now-casting
  • Filter Bubbles and Online Polarization, Conflicts or Tribalization
  • Disinformation, Misinformation, Fact-checking, Media Manipulation, and Political Trolls
  • Open Data and Innovation in Participatory Methods
  • Web-mediated Communities and Crowds including Massive Multiplayer Games, Massive Courses, Fora, and Others
  • Self-governance, Democracy, Civic Engagement, Collective Actions via the Web
  • Online Disease Detection and Monitoring, Syndromic Surveillance, and Epidemiology
  • Web-enabled Public Health Policy Decisions, Emergency Response, and Health Risk Modeling and Forecasting
  • Online Health Communities, Telehealth, and Digital Patient Engagement
  • Web-based Disease Diagnosis, Personal Health Adherence, and Applied Data Analysis
  • Web-mediated Personal Health Monitoring, including Wearable Sensors, Mobile Health, and Quantified Self
  • Personal Care Programs, Behavioral Monitoring and Change, and Affective Computing via the Web

Submissions should explain clearly how they are related to the interaction between the Web and society. Where appropriate, submissions must indicate how they have addressed the ethical and reproducibility dimensions of their research. We encourage interdisciplinary research approaches involving sociology, psychology, communication and media sciences, political sciences, health science, or others.

Papers that are primarily about fairness, accountability, transparency, or ethics should preferably be submitted to the “Web for Good” track, rather than the “Web & Society” track, but the integration of equality, diversity and inclusion and responsible research issues are welcomed by the “Web & Society” track.

Submission guidelines, relevant dates, and important policies can be found at /www2022/cfp/research/.