2021 IDeaS Conference
Conference Dates: July 12-13, 2021
Conference Webpage: https://www.cmu.edu/ideas-social-cybersecurity/events/conference.html (frequent updates between now and the conference dates)
Registration link: https://www.regpack.com/reg/templates/build/?g_id=100907167
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Submission Deadline: June 1, 2021
Submission link: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=2021ideas
CALL FOR PAPERS: ANNUAL IDEAS CONFERENCE: DISINFORMATION, HATE SPEECH, AND EXTREMISM ONLINE
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.
Proposals for posters open to all graduate students associated with the Knight Research Network.
IDeaS 2021 Conference Keynote
Monday, July 12 1:00-245pm EDT
Former Under secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs
Former Editor, Time Magazine
Richard Stengel is an NBC and MSNBC political analyst. His recent book, Information Wars: How We Lost the Global Battle Against Disinformation and What We Can Do About It, is based on his time as Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs in the Obama administration. While at the State Department, he helped modernize State’s communications and led the department’s efforts to counter the global rise of disinformation. He helped create and oversee the Global Engagement Center, the United States’ only entity tasked with fighting the global information war. Stengel also oversaw the department’s communications and also State’s extensive educational exchanges, including the Fulbright Scholarship.
Stengel was the editor of TIME from 2006 until 2013, where he oversaw all print, digital and international operations. During his time there he turned the brand into a global digital player and won Magazine of the Year award in 2012 as well as an Emmy award. Stengel is the author of several books in addition to Information Wars, including the New York Times best-seller Mandela’s Way about his time collaborating with Nelson Mandela on the South African leader’s autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom.
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
Nina Jankowicz – Global Fellow, Wilson Center
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
David Agronovich, Director for Global Threat Disruption, 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
Zeerak Waseem - PhD Candidate, University of Sheffield
Graduate Students: $50
There are a limited number of scholarships for PhD students who are women and/or minorities from the US. Conference participants can apply for Graduate Student Scholarships during registration. Level of participation in the conference, need, and diversity will be considered when reviewing applications. Maximum scholarship awarded is $50 to offset cost of attendance.
General Conference Schedule
DAY 1 - MONDAY, JULY 12
Start Time End Time Event
9:45am 10:45 Concurrent Paper Sessions
10:45 11:00 BREAK
11:00 12:45pm Panel Discussion - Platform Accountability
12:45 1:00 BREAK
1:00 2:45 Keynote
2:45 4:15 Panel Discussion - Disinformation
4:15 4:30 BREAK
4:30 5:30 Concurrent Paper Sessions
5:30 5:45 BREAK
5:455 6:45 Reception
DAY 2 - TUESDAY, JULY 13
Start Time End Time Event
10:00am 11:00 Concurrent Paper Sessions
11:00 12:45pm Panel Discussion - Domestic Extremism
12:45 1:00 BREAK
1:00 2:45 Panel Discussion - Hate Speech
2:45 3:00 BREAK
3:00 5:15 Knight Fellow Research Presentations
A detailed program will be published on our conference website