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CySoc 2022 International Workshop on Cyber Social Threats


Atlanta, Georgia + Online (Hybrid format), 6 June 2022

Co-located with the 16th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM 2022).

Misuse of online platforms can become cyber social threats through the promotion of hate speech, radicalisation, harassment, cyberbullying, fake news, human trafficking, drug dealing, gender-based stereotyping, and violence among other ills, that carry a significant impact on individual and community well-being. Especially problematic in recent years, and of particular interest fo #CySoc2022, has been the proliferation of vaccine misinformation

These challenges have led to a rising prominence of analysis of online communications in academia, politics, homeland security, and industry using computational techniques from natural language processing, statistics, network science, data mining, machine learning, computational linguistics, human-computer interaction, and cognitive science.

To meet these challenges, this workshop aims to stimulate research on social, cultural, emotional, communicative, and linguistic aspects of harmful conversations on online platforms and developing novel approaches to analyze, interpret, and understand them.

Asst Prof Fabiana Zollo (Ca’Foscari University of Venice) and Dr Ed Pertwee (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine) will be co-leading the panel discussion on:

“The Impact of Online (Mis)information on Vaccination Programs”



EU strategy: Media Literacy for Democracy

20 January, 2023
Online (Free tickets)
Taking place as part of the EU strategy for media literacy, Marco Delmastro, a social scientist supporting IRIS Academic’s infodemic research pillar, will join European panellists to discuss the phenomena of mis- and disinformation and the threat they pose to European democracy and well-being.