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Multidisciplinary International Symposium on Open Online Media (MISDOOM)

February 27 - March 1, 2019, Hamburg, Germany

Online media have become a politically, economically, and organizationally
critical infrastructure. Internet users all over the world can directly
interact with each other and share private and open discussions. They can
participate in political discussion or find and contribute information.
Through online media, journalists have access to enormous amounts of
information and public sentiment that increasingly become part of
reporting. Politicians refine their positions and actions based on the
(seemingly) public opinion, which they distill from online media. Others
use these channels to distribute their views. Companies and resellers allow
product reviews by users to provide crowd-based quality assurance.

In an ideal world, participation and openness can certainly foster free and
democratic processes as well as beneficial societal interactions. However,
beyond the desired space for free expression of public opinions, such
openness also provides options for large-scaled and orchestrated
manipulations. Groups of humans (so-called “trolls”) or semi- to
fully-automated systems (so-called “social bots”) can bias or manipulate
societal streams, perceptions, and multiplicators in society.

MISDOOM is a multidisciplinary international symposium that brings together
researchers and practitioners from communication science, computer science,
and economy, as well as journalists and online media professionals to
discuss current topics, technical advances and societal challenges in the
area of online media. Participants can discuss and contribute to the
following (non-exclusive list of) topics:

* Manipulation of societies, politics, economy, and journalism by
disinformation strategies (e.g., types of disinformation and manipulation,
case studies, observations of campaigns and strategies, communication
strategies, economic implications and threats)

* Technical and organizational means for manipulation (e.g., technical
state of the art and advances in artificial intelligence and content
generation, technical infrastructure and access to social networks)

* Human, technical and hybrid detection mechanisms for orchestrated
manipulation or individual actors (e.g., indicator-based detection, machine
learning, anomaly detection, monitoring systems and visualization, human
task forces)

* Counter-measures on disinformation and manipulation (e.g., transparency
approaches, technical limitations, organizational processes, behavioral
changes, education, professional codices, legal actions)

* Future trends in online-media usage and societal influencing (e.g.,
development of platforms, disruption of traditional journalistic work,
potential attack vectors in economy, journalism, politics, research
challenges and open fields)

We invite researchers and practitioners to send original extended research
abstracts, case studies, or position papers (max. 8 pages) before the
Extended Abstract submission deadline ( . International
recognized scholars evaluate all abstracts for suitability according to
international research standards. All accepted abstracts are eligible for
oral or poster presentation at the conference. In a post-proceeding
process, selected work will be invited to become part of a follow-up book
publication. Therefore, authors have to extend their work to a full
research paper, which is then subject to a standard peer review process.

Important Dates:

    Extended abstract submission (max. 8 pages, LNCS Springer style) due:
January 14, 2019
    Notification of acceptance: 2 weeks after submission, latest January
31, 2019
    Conference date: February 27 to March 1, 2017
    (Selected) Post-proceeding paper submission due: April 15, 2019
    (Selected) Post-proceeding paper notification: May 31, 2019
    Camera Ready submission for post proceedings: June 30, 2019

Program Chairs:
Frank Takes (Leiden University)
Annie Waldherr (University of Münster)

Publications Chair:
Mike Preuss (Leiden University)

General Chairs:
Christian Grimme (University of Münster)
Christian Stöcker (HAW Hamburg)
Thorsten Quandt (University of Münster)

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