Track chairs:

  • Meeyoung Cha (KAIST & IBS, South Korea)
  • Kristina Lerman (University of Southern California, USA)
  • Ryen White (Microsoft, USA)

Email: thewebconf2021-society@easychair.org

We invite research contributions to the Web and Society track at the 30th edition of the Web Conference series (formerly known as WWW), to be held April 19-23, 2021 in Ljubljana, Slovenia (http://www2021.thewebconf.org).

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 world.

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

We also encourage papers concerning the interdisciplinary issues within 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 the city. We appreciate methodological contributions (e.g., statistical, algorithmic, and system approaches) and novel empirical and phenomenological findings.

Health on the Web: New this year, the Web and Society track also includes research related to health on the Web (previously a separate track) that brings together advances in Internet-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 a real-world deployment of medicine or health-related Web technology. Of particular interest is research showing how the Web can improve individual and public  or provide better healthcare delivery. Submissions related to the Covid-19 pandemic are especially welcome.

Topics 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
  • Data-driven Political Science
  • Modeling, Designing, Operating, and Evaluating Socio-technical Systems
  • Smart Cities
  • Ethical Issues in the Analysis of Web Data
  • Reproducibility and Transparency in Computational Social Science Research
  • 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
  • Mitigation of Abusive, Sexist, Racist, and Hateful Speech Online
  • 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 Web and Society. 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.

Submission guidelines, relevant dates, and important policies can be found at http://www2021.thewebconf.org/authors/call-for-papers/.

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