Web and Society

Invitation and dates

We invite research contributions to the Web and Society Track at the 28th edition of the Web Conference series (formerly known as WWW), to be held May 13-17, 2019 in San Francisco, United States (www2019.thewebconf.org).

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 would like submissions to focus on advancing the understanding of the impact and present or envisioned applications of the social web in traditional/mainstream media, governments, non- governmental organizations and business, and in sectors such as health care, science, and education. We also encourage papers connecting the social web to interdisciplinary issues regarding employment, labor, legislation, politics, governance, democracy and economics; changes in homes, workplaces, schools, and the city. We appreciate algorithmic and system approaches, as well as data studies.

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
  • Virtual communities including massive multi-player games, massive courses, fora, and others
  • Ethical issues in the analysis of web data
  • Methods and analyses for algorithmic accountability
  • Algorithmic fairness and bias correction
  • Reproducibility in computational social science research
  • Online opinion dynamics
  • Trust and reputation
  • Temporal and spatial now-casting
  • Filter bubbles and online polarization
  • Disinformation, misinformation, fact-checking, and provenance
  • Mitigation of abusive, sexist, racist, and hateful speech online

Submissions should explain clearly how they are related to the interaction between Web and Society. Submissions must indicate how they have addressed the ethical dimension of their research. We encourage interdisciplinary research approaches involving sociology, psychology, communication and media sciences, political sciences, or others.


Abstract submission deadline
Oct 29 2018
Full paper submission deadline
Nov 05 2018
Acceptance notification
Jan 21 2019

All submission deadlines are end-of-day in the Anywhere on Earth (AoE) time zone.

Track Chairs

  • Carlos Castillo Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain
  • Munmun De Choudhury Georgia Institute of Technology, United States



Program committee

  • Abbie Jacobs University of California, Berkeley
  • Alejandro Jaimes Aicure
  • Alexandra Olteanu Microsoft
  • Andreas Kaltenbrunner NTENT
  • Ashton Anderson University of Toronto
  • Barbara Poblete University of Chile
  • Camille Roth Sciences Po
  • Chenhao Tan University of Colorado Boulder
  • Chico Camargo University of Oxford
  • Christian Bauckhage Fraunhofer
  • Claudia Wagner GESIS-Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences
  • Cody Buntain University of Maryland
  • Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil Cornell University
  • Daniel Romero University of Michigan
  • Daniela Paolotti ISI Foundation
  • Daniele Quercia Yahoo Labs
  • David Garcia Medical University of Vienna and Complexity Science Hub
  • David Jurgens University of Michigan
  • David Liben-Nowell Carleton College
  • Dongwon Lee Pennsylvania State University
  • Ee-Peng Lim Singapore Management University
  • Emilio Ferrara University of Southern California
  • Eric Malmi Google
  • Eytan Adar University of Michigan
  • Fabian Flöck GESIS Cologne
  • Fabricio Benevenuto Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG)
  • Fred Morstatter University of Southern California
  • George Berry Facebook
  • Haewoon Kwak Qatar Computing Research Institute
  • Harith Alani The Open University
  • Ingmar Weber Qatar Computing Research Institute
  • Jalal Mahmud IBM
  • Jana Diesner University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Jennifer Golbeck University of Maryland
  • Jeremy Blackburn University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Jisun An Qatar Computing Research Institute; Hamad Bin Khalifa University
  • Juergen Pfeffer Technical University of Munich
  • Katrin Weller GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences
  • Kevin Munger New York University
  • Kiran Garimella Aalto University
  • Kristen Altenburger Stanford University
  • Laura Nelson Northeastern University
  • Leslie Carr University of Southampton
  • Luca Maria Aiello Nokia Bell Labs
  • Lydia Manikonda Arizona State University
  • Maria Bermudez-Edo University of Granada
  • Marina Kogan University of New Mexico
  • Mark Keane UCD Dublin
  • Markus Luczak-Roesch Victoria University of Wellington
  • Miriam Fernandez Knowledge Media Institute
  • Miriam Redi Wikimedia Foundation
  • Momin Malik Carnegie Mellon University
  • Olessia Koltsova National Research University Higher School of Economics
  • Onur Varol Northeastern University
  • Pablo Aragón Universitat Pompeu Fabra
  • Pablo Barberá London School of Economics
  • Paolo Parigi Stanford University
  • Payam Barnaghi University of Surrey
  • Pinelopi Troullinou The Open University
  • Przemyslaw Grabowicz Max Planck Institute for Software Systems
  • Robert West Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
  • Saeideh Bakhshi Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Sandra Gonzalez-Bailon University of Pennsylvania
  • Scott Hale University of Oxford
  • Sebastian Deri Cornell University
  • Shaomei Wu Facebook
  • Umashanthi Pavalanathan Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Virgilio Almeida UFMG
  • Wagner Meira Jr. Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
  • Yu-Ru Lin University of Pittsburgh

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