What are Cyber Social Threats

The role of online platforms as a prime, daily communication tool is coincident with a sharp rise in its misuse, threatening our society in large. These platforms have been implicated for promoting hate speech, radicalization, harassment, cyberbullying, fake news, human trafficking, drug dealing, gender-based stereotyping, and violence among other ills, with a significant impact on individual and community well-being. Given the rise in political conflicts and public health/climate concerns in recent years, information integrity during crises will be of particular interest for CySoc 2023. Such content and behaviors are inherently multi-faceted, making the recognition of their narratives challenging for researchers as well as social media companies. The implications to individuals and communities require reliable models and algorithms for detecting, understanding, and countering the malevolent behavior in such communications. 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.

The workshop welcomes papers that employ quantitative and/or qualitative, analytical, theoretical approaches examining a diverse range of issues related to online harmful communications. Papers on resources/data and tools will also be welcome either for demos or for short/regular talks.

Special Issue with EPJ Data Science

This year we are excited to announce that authors of selected papers will be invited to include an extended version of their paper in a Special Issue of EPJ Data Science!

Why attend the CyS oc Workshop?

This workshop will bring together researchers and practitioners in computer and social sciences from both academia and industry to exchange ideas on understanding the multi-faceted aspects of harmful content while leading the discussion on building novel computational methods to reliably detect, derive meaning of, interpret, understand and counter them. The participants will find opportunities to present and hear about other fundamental research and emerging applications, to exchange ideas and experiences, and to identify new opportunities for collaborations across disciplines. The researchers and practitioners from various disciplines are strongly encouraged to attend, 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, communication, medicine, and public health.

Special Issue with EPJ Data Science

Authors of selected papers will be invited to include an extended version of their paper in a Special Issue of EPJ Data Science.

Themes & Topics

We are interested in both computing and social science approaches that study the above research directions, based on quantitative, qualitative and mixed research methods. We expect to receive submissions and lead discussions on the topics of novel analytic methods, tools, and datasets.

Spotlight topic

Parallel to the main themes, this year, we will have a spotlight topicinformation integrity during crises — due to its relevance and urgency.


The CySoc workshop has three main themes:

  • Detection and prediction of content, users, and communities
  • Countering harmful narratives
  • Ethical considerations and handling bias


Topics for research and discussions on challenges in dealing with online harmful content include (but not limited to):

  • Spotlight topic: Information integrity during crises
  • Online extremism
  • Harassment and cyberbullying
  • Hate speech
  • Gender-based violence
  • Human trafficking
  • Illicit drug trafficking
  • Mental health implications of social media
  • Ethical considerations on privacy-preserving social media analytics
  • Emotional and psychological support
  • Trust relationship and community dynamics
  • Relationship of the social web and mainstream news media
  • Cultural implications of social web usage
  • Influencer identification and community detection for movements
  • Misinformation and disinformation (e.g., epidemics of fake news, images and videos, during a disaster, health issues and elections)

Important Dates

Paper submissions due: February 6, 2023 (Anywhere on Earth)
Final decision notification: March 6, 2023
Camera-ready submissions due: March 20, 2023

Submission Instructions

Submissions should not exceed 12 pages in length (maximum 8 pages for the main paper content + maximum 2 pages for appendixes + maximum 2 pages for references). Submissions must be original and should not have been published previously or be under consideration for publication while being evaluated for this workshop. Submissions will be evaluated by the program committee based on the quality of the work and its fit to the workshop themes.

All submissions should be double-blind and a high-resolution PDF of the paper should be uploaded to the EasyChair submission site before the paper submission deadline. The accepted papers will be presented at the CySoc workshop integrated with the conference, and they will be published as Proceedings of the The Web Conference. Authors of selected papers will be invited to include an extended version of their paper in a Special Issue of EPJ Data Science. Papers must be submitted in PDF format according to the ACM template published in the ACM guidelines, selecting the generic “sigconf” sample. The PDF files must have all non-standard fonts embedded. Workshop papers must be self-contained and in English.

Workshop Program

All times below are in Eastern Time

8.30 - 8.45 AM - Welcome the CySoc 2023 workshop attendees.
8.45 - 9.45 AM - Keynote I: Zakir Durumeric, Stanford University.

9.45 - 10.30 AM - Paper Session I: Three papers will be presented with 15 minutes allocated for each, including Q/A.
10.30 - 10.50 AM - Coffee Break.
10.50 - 12.00 PM - Panel Discussion: Information Integrity During Crises.

12.00 - 1.00 PM - Paper Session II: Four papers will be presented with 15 minutes allocated for each, including Q/A.
1.00 - 2.00 PM - Break.
2.00 - 3.00 PM - Keynote II: Fabrício Benevenuto, Federal University of Minas Gerais .
3.00 PM - 4.00 PM - Demo presentations: Two demos will be presented with 30 minutes allocated for each, including Q/A.
4.00 - 4.45 PM - Paper Session III: Three papers will be presented with 15 minutes allocated for each, including Q/A.
4.45 - 5.15 PM - Synthesis/Brainstorming exercise: The first 15 minutes will be utilized for brainstorming about paper concepts for impactful future research in break-out Zoom rooms. The second 15 minutes will be for discussion with the larger group in the main conference room.


Please check the the conference site directly for registration details.


Ugur Kursuncu

Georgia State University GA, USA
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Kaicheng Yang

Indiana University, IN, USA
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Francesco Pierri

Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy
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Matthew DeVerna

Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA
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Yelena Mejova

ISI Foundation, Turin, Italy
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Jeremy Blackburn

State University of New York at Binghamton, NY, USA
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Steering Committee

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