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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 startups.

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] (single pdf file) before the deadline of May 7th, 2018 (23:59, anywhere on earth).

More information can be found at: https://apen18.hans-bredow-institut.de/ 

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

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


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