Chun, Wendy Hui Kyong on Sun, 22 Jan 2017 20:28:16 +0100 (CET)

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<nettime-ann> [call] 1st ACL Workshop on Abusive Language Online


ALW1: 1st Workshop on Abusive Language Online

ACL 2017 (Vancouver, Canada), August 3rd or 4th, 2017

Submission deadline: Spring 2017 (tbd)



The last few years have seen a surge in abusive online behavior, with governments, social media platforms, and individuals struggling to cope with the consequences and to produce effective methods to combat it. In many cases, online forums, comment sections, and social media interaction have become sites of bullying, scapegoating, and hate speech. These forms of online aggression not only poison the social climate of the online communities that experience it, but can also provoke physical violence and harm.

Addressing abusive language necessitates a multi-disciplinary approach that requires knowledge from several fields, including (but not limited to): media studies, natural language processing (NLP), psychology, sociology, law, gender studies, communications, and critical race theory. NLP, as a field that directly works with computationally analyzing language, is in a unique position to develop automated methods to analyse, detect, and filter abusive language. By working across disciplinary divides, researchers in all these fields can produce a comprehensive approach to abusive language that blends together computational, social and legal methods.

In this one-day workshop, we therefore want to bring researchers of various disciplines together to discuss approaches to abusive language. The workshop will include invited speakers and panelists from fields within and outside of NLP, as well as submitted papers from researchers across all areas.  In addition, the workshop will host an “unshared task”.

Paper Topics

We invite long and short papers on any of the following general topics:

Unshared task

In order to encourage focused contributions, we direct researchers to consider the following list of data sets an unshared task, where participants can choose from a list of datasets to conduct their experiments. This list includes:

Submission Information

We will be using the ACL 2017 Submission Guidelines. Authors are invited to submit a full paper of up to 8 pages of content with up to 2 additional pages for references. We also invite short papers of up to 4 pages of content, including 2 additional pages for references.

Accepted papers will be given an additional page of content to address reviewer comments.  We also invite papers which describe systems are also invited to give a demo of their system. If you would like to present a demo in addition to presenting the paper, please make sure to select either "full paper + demo" or "short paper + demo" under "Submission Category" in the START submission page.

Previously published papers cannot be accepted. The submissions will be reviewed by the program committee. As reviewing will be blind, please ensure that papers are anonymous. Self-references that reveal the author's identity, e.g., "We previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...", should be avoided. Instead, use citations such as "Smith previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...".

We have also included conflict of interest in the submission form. You should mark all potential reviewers who have been authors on the paper, are from the same research group or institution, or who have seen versions of this paper or discussed it with you.

We will be using the START conference system to manage submissions.

Important Dates

Submission due: April 27th

Author Notification: May 17th

Camera Ready: May 26th

Workshop Date: August 3rd or 4th

Submission link:

Organizing Committee

Program Committee/Reviewers

The following researchers have agreed to serve on the program committee as reviewers.

Wendy Hui Kyong Chun
Professor, Modern Culture and Media, Brown University
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