Web and Society

We invite research contributions to the Web and Society track at the 27th edition of The Web Conference (WWW2018), to be held April 23-27, 2018 in Lyon, France (

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 appreciate algorithmic and system approaches, as well as data studies.

Example topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Computational social science
  • Data-driven political science
  • Digital democracy
  • Humanities, arts and culture on the Web
  • Smart cities
  • Ethical issues in data analysis and Web systems
  • Methods and analyses of algorithmic accountability
  • Reproducibility in computational social science research
  • Social machines
  • Building and evaluating socio-technical systems
  • Online opinion dynamics
  • Trust and reputation
  • Temporal and spatial now-casting
  • Sensing of people, animal and things
  • Abusive language online
  • Algorithmic fairness and bias correction
  • Filter bubbles and online polarization
  • Fake news and their implications
  • Novel digital data and/or computational analyses for addressing societal challenges

We appreciate if papers clarify how their approach relates to the interaction between Web and Society. We encourage interdisciplinary research approaches involving sociology, psychology, communication and media sciences, political sciences, or others. Papers should clarify how they have treated the ethical dimension of their research.

Track Chairs:

  • Steffen Staab (Universität Koblenz-Landau & University of Southampton)
  • Ingmar Weber (Qatar Computing Research Institute, HBKU)

Contact: www2018-web-and-society (at)

Program Committee:

  • Lada Adamic (Facebook Inc)
  • Virgilio Almeida (UFMG)
  • Kristen Altenburger (Stanford University)
  • Jisun An (Qatar Computing Research Institute, Hamad Bin Khalifa University)
  • Timothy Baldwin (The University of Melbourne)
  • Pablo Barberá (New York University)
  • Payam Barnaghi (University of Surrey, United Kingdom)
  • Christian Bauckhage (Fraunhofer)
  • George Berry (Cornell University, Department of Sociology)
  • Peter Burnap (Cardiff University, United Kingdom)
  • Leslie Carr (University of Southampton)
  • Meeyoung Cha (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology / Facebook, Inc.)
  • Allison Chaney (Princeton University)
  • Lu Chen (LinkedIn)
  • Munmun De Choudhury (Georgia Institute of Technology)
  • Jana Diesner (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
  • Ying Ding (Indiana University Bloomington)
  • Miriam Fernandez (Knowledge Media Institute, United Kingdom)
  • Emilio Ferrara (Information Sciences Institute, University of Southern California)
  • Alessandro Flammini (Indiana U.)
  • David Garcia (Medical University of Vienna and Complexity Science Hub)
  • Venkata Rama Kiran Garimella (Aalto University)
  • Jennifer Golbeck (University of Maryland)
  • Dan Goldwasser (Purdue University)
  • Przemyslaw Grabowicz (MPI-SWS))
  • Scott Hale (University of Oxford)
  • Aniko Hannak (Northeaster University)
  • Claudia Hauff (Delft University of Technology)
  • Conor Hayes (Insight Centre for Data Analytics, NUI Galway, Ireland)
  • Shawndra Hill (Microsoft)
  • Andreas Hotho (University of Wuerzburg)
  • Geert-Jan Houben (Delft University of Technology, Netherlands)
  • Alexander Jaimes (Columbia)
  • Andreas Kaltenbrunner (NTENT)
  • Mark Keane (UCD Dublin)
  • Brian Keegan (University of Colorado Boulder)
  • Katharina Kinder-Kurlanda (GESIS Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences)
  • Olessia Koltsova (National Research University Higher School of Economics)
  • Haewoon Kwak (Qatar Computing Research Institute)
  • David Laniado (Eurecat – Technology centre of Catalonia)
  • Dongwon Lee (Penn State University)
  • Yu-Ru Lin (University of Pittsburgh)
  • Markus Luczak-Roesch (Victoria University of Wellington)
  • Momin Malik (Carnegie Mellon University)
  • Drew Margolin (Cornell University)
  • Wagner Meira Jr. (UFMG)
  • Kevin Munger (New York University)
  • Wolfgang Nejdl (L3S and University of Hannover)
  • Laura Nelson (Northwestern University)
  • Alexandra Olteanu (IBM)
  • Paolo Parigi (Stanford University)
  • Isabella Peters (ZBW)
  • Juergen Pfeffer (Technical University of Munich)
  • Hemant Purohit (George Mason University)
  • Miriam Redi (Yahoo)
  • Camille Roth (Sciences Po)
  • Padmini Srinivasan (The University of Iowa)
  • Gerd Stumme (University of Kassel)
  • Dario Taraborelli (Wikimedia Foundation)
  • Milena Tsvetkova (University of Oxford)
  • Lyle Ungar (University of Pennsylvania)
  • Onur Varol (Northeastern University)
  • Claudia Wagner (GESIS-Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences)
  • Katrin Weller (GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences)
  • Taha Yasseri (University of Oxford)

Important dates:

  • Research tracks abstracts submission deadline : 26 October 2017
  • Research tracks full papers submission deadline : 31 October 2017
  • Research tracks acceptance notification : 22 December 2017
  • Research tracks papers final version due : 18 February 2018

All submission deadlines are at 9:00pm HAST.

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