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Dear Colleagues, 

Please consider submitting your papers on the topic of "Cyber-Social Health: Promoting Good and Countering Harm on Social Media" for the Special Issue of IEEE Internet Computing. Link for the CfP here:

Please kindly share with your colleagues, students, and collaborators.

This special issue welcomes theoretical, analytical, and empirical contributions using any kind of research method, including experiments, primary data from social media logs, case studies, simulations, surveys, and so on. Submissions are encouraged to examine the nature of both harmful and social good intentional behaviors on social media towards understanding, detecting, and monitoring good communication while countering harmful communication, by employing computational social media analytics techniques. The target audience for this special issue will consist of researchers, practitioners, and graduate students from various disciplines, including (but not limited to) behavioral science, computer and information sciences, psychology, sociology, political science, cognitive science, cultural study, information systems, terrorism and counter-terrorism, operations research, and communication.

Through this special issue, we aim to bring together researchers and practitioners from different disciplines, to share, exchange, learn, and develop preliminary results, new concepts, ideas, principles, and methodologies on social, cultural, emotional, communicative, and linguistic aspects of harmful communications and their content on social media.

Topics include, but are not limited to:
    Misinformation, disinformation, fake news (e.g., during elections, epidemics, and disasters, as well as regarding health topics like vaccines), and spreading deep fakes
    Online extremism
    Harassment and cyberbullying
    Hate speech
    Gender-based violence
    Human trafficking
    Illicit drug trafficking
    Mental health implications of social media
    Validity of social media in smart health and well-being
    Ethical and privacy-preserving social media analytics
    Emotional and psychological support
    Trust relationship and community dynamics
    Relationship of social web and mainstream news media
    Cultural implications of social web usage
    Social good campaigns and movements
    Influencer identification and community detection for movements

Important Dates
    Paper submissions due: April 15, 2020
    First-round reviews due: July 8, 2020
    Revisions due: August 12, 2020
    Final decision notification: September 16, 2020
    Camera-ready submissions due: September 30, 2020
    Publication: November/December 2020

Guest Editors
Nitin Agarwal, University of Arkansas, USA
Ugur Kursuncu, AI Institute, University of South Carolina, USA
Hemant Purohit, George Mason University, USA
Amit Sheth, AI Institute, University of South Carolina, USA

Hemant Purohit, Ph.D. 
Asst. Professor of Information Sci. & Tech., George Mason University 
Office: 5348 Nguyen Engineering Building  
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