2019 Workshop on NLP4IF: censorship, disinformation, and propaganda

Country: Hong Kong

City: Hong Kong

Abstr. due: 19.08.2019

Dates: 03.11.19 — 07.11.19

Area Of Sciences: Humanities;

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Organizing comittee e-mail: http://netsci.montclair.edu/nlp4if/

Organizers: International Committee

 

NLP4IF is dedicated to NLP methods that potentially contribute (either positively or negatively) to the free flow of information on the Internet, or to our understanding of the issues that arise in this area. We hope that our workshop will have a transformative impact on society by getting closer to achieving Internet freedom in countries where accessing and sharing of information are strictly controlled by censorship.

The topics of interest include (but are not limited) to the following:

  • Censorship detection: detecting deleted or edited text; detecting blocked keywords/banned terms;
  • Censorship circumvention techniques: linguistically inspired countermeasure for Internet censorship such as keyword substitution, expanding coverage of existing banned terms, text paraphrasing, linguistic steganography, generating information morphs etc.;
  • Detection of self-censorship;
  • Identifying potentially censorable content;
  • Disinformation/Misinformation detection: fake news, fake accounts, rumor detection, etc.;
  • Identification of propaganda at document and fragment level
  • Identification of hate speech
  • (Comparative) analysis of the language of propagandistic and biased texts (this would replace the item “language of propaganda” in your CFP)
  • Automatic generation of persuasive content
  • Automatic debiasing of news content
  • Tools to facilitate the flagging, either automatic or manual, of propaganda and bias in social media
  • Automatic detection of coordinated propaganda campaigns such as the use of social bots, botnets, and water armies
  • Analysis of diffusion and consumption of propagandistic, hyperpartisan, and extremely biased content in social networks
  • Techniques to empirically measure Internet censorship across communication platforms;
  • Investigations on covert linguistic communication and its limits;
  • Identity and private information detection;
  • Passive and targeted surveillance techniques;
  • Ethics in NLP;
  • “Walled gardens”, personalization and fragmentation of the online public space;

 

We hope that our workshop will have a transformative impact on society by getting closer to achieving Internet freedom in countries where accessing and sharing of information are strictly controlled by censorship.

Conference Web-Site: http://netsci.montclair.edu/nlp4if/