IDeaS Conference 2021

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Monday, July 12, 2021 to Tuesday, July 13, 2021

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The Center for Informed Democracy and Social-cybersecurity Annual Conference Registration  is Now Open!
2021 IDeaS Conference

Conference Dates: July 12-13, 2021
Conference Webpage: (frequent updates between now and the conference dates)
Registration link:
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Submission Deadline: June 1, 2021
Submission link:


Natural disasters, elections, climate changes, insurrections, pandemics, and new technologies are rocking the world. People talk about events, both these massive ones and much smaller ones, on line. Social media platforms, search engines and websites have become the window through which these events are viewed and interpreted.  Those on social media seek and shape information, build and join communities, often with impacts in the physical world. One consequence is an online breeding ground for growing and disseminating disinformation, hate speech and extremism.  In this conference we ask: How is this done?  Who is doing it? Why is it being done? What are the social consequences? How can it be countered?

IDeaS will host a virtual conference on disinformation, hate speech, and extremism online in July 2021. This conference aims to advance the science of social-cybersecurity through research and applications in this area.  

We invite papers that address questions related to disinformation, hate speech and extremism online. We are particularly interested in papers that touch on the role that disinformation, hate speech and extremism are playing in events such as the vaccine roll out, presidential elections around the world, civil conflict, and community resilience. Policy, empirical, qualitative, data science and simulation papers are of equal interest.  

The virtual conference will include: invited panels, virtual posters, and regular talks. There will also be the opportunity for those interested to demo their technologies.

Short papers, 4-6 pages, in the format listed on the webpage should be submitted via Easychair by June 1, 2021. Technology demos should be proposed by submitting a 1-2 page description of the technology.

All papers will be reviewed. Selected papers will be nominated for an extended version to be submitted to an edited volume on disinformation, and/or to a special issue of the journal – Computational and Mathematical Organization Theory.

Submit Proposal Here

Proposals for posters open to all graduate students associated with the Knight Research Network.

Additional speakers may be added. See speaker bios and registration information at our updated conference website:

Panel #1 -Platform Accountability
Monday, July 12 11-12:45pm EDT

Moderator: Dr. David Danks - Louis Leon (L. L.) Thurstone Professor of Philosophy & Psychology. Head, Department of Philosophy, Carnegie Mellon University


Alexander Hart -Vice President at Freedman Consulting
Chris Riley- Senior Fellow of Internet Governance, R Street


Panel #2 - Disinformation
Monday, July 12 2:45-4:15 EDT

Moderator: Dr. Mark S. Kamlet - Interim Director of the Institute for Politics and Strategy, the University Professor of Economics and Public Policy, and Provost Emeritus at Carnegie Mellon


Dr. Kathleen M. Carley - Professor, Institute for Software Research Director, Center for Computational Analysis of Social and Organizational Systems (CASOS),and Director, Center for Informed DEmocracy and Social cybersecurity (IDeaS) at Carnegie Mellon University
Nathaniel Gleicher -Head of Cybersecurity Policy, Facebook
Dr. Kate Starbird -Associate Professor, Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE), University of Washington

Panel #3-Extremism Online
Tuesday, July 13 11:00-12:45

Moderator: Dr. John Slattery - Directing Fellow, Carl G. Grefenstette Center for Ethics in Science, Technology, and Law at Duquesne University


Lucy Calladine -Government Affairs and Public Policy Manager, Google
Major Jessica Dawson - Assistant Professor Director of Excel Scholars Program, West Point
Todd Helmus - Senior Behavioral Scientist, RAND


Panel #4- Hate Speech
Tuesday, July 13 1:00-2:45

Moderator: Dr. Kathleen Blee - Bettye J. and Ralph E. Bailey Dean, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences, University of Pittsburgh University of Pittsburgh


Jenny Li - Program Manager, Microsoft
Emma Llansó - Director, Free Expression Project, Center for Democracy and Technology 
Zareek Waseem - PhD Candidate, University of Sheffield