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Dear Colleagues

(Apologies for any cross-postings.)

*You are cordially invited to submit to the workshop on Algorithmic
Personalization & News (APEN 18) <>
to be held at Stanford University on June 25th this year, in conjunction
with the International Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM 18)
<>, a premier conference that brings
together social scientists and computational methodologists in the study of
online social media. *
This workshop is intended to provide a platform to discuss the risks and
opportunities of algorithmic personalization systems in the online news
environments, and also to encourage design of auditing mechanisms for such
news personalization algorithms. Our aim is to foster dialogue between the
different communities interested in the topic by bringing together
academics and researchers from the fields of computer science, media
studies, journalism and communication sciences, as well as industry
practitioners from mainstream media, social media organizations, and

*Main Themes of Discussion for the Workshop*

The workshop program is structured around the two main themes of risks and
opportunities of algorithmic personalization for news. Some relevant topics
for each of these themes include (but are not limited to):

*Theme I: Risks*

   - Societal risks of algorithmic personalization in relation to news
   - Auditing mechanisms for personalization in news dissemination and
   consumption pipeline
   - Developing systems for personalizing news while optimizing for other
   factors (e.g. opinion and topic diversity, news value, local interest, etc.)

*Theme II: Opportunities*

   - Using personalization for increasing user engagement with current
   affairs or political news
   - Designing personalized recommendations for public service media
   - Leveraging geographic localization, or other user models for
   personalizing news

*Submissions for the Workshop*

We invite interested participants to submit *work-in-progress or position
papers of up to 2 pages (excluding references)*.

The workshop attendees will be invited based on the relevance of their
submitted abstracts to the workshop’s agenda. The abstracts will be judged
on their likelihood of sparking lively discussions and debate during the
workshop, and not necessarily the completeness of the work
(work-in-progress, as well as, position papers are welcome).

Send in your submissions to *[log in to unmask]
<[log in to unmask]>* (single pdf file) before the *deadline of May
7th, 2018 (23:59, anywhere on earth).*

More information can be found at:

It would be great if you could forward this call to others who may be
We are looking forward to receiving your submissions and welcoming you in

Best Regards
Juhi Kulshrestha
(On behalf of APEN18 organizing committee)

Juhi Kulshrestha <>

Juhi Kulshrestha <>

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