LINGUIST List 30.2044

Tue May 14 2019

Calls: Computational Linguistics/Hong Kong

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 12-May-2019
From: Anna Feldman <>
Subject: EMNLP-IJCNLP 2019: 2nd Workshop on NLP for Internet Freedom
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Full Title: EMNLP-IJCNLP 2019: 2nd Workshop on NLP for Internet Freedom
Short Title: NLP4IF

Date: 03-Nov-2019 - 03-Nov-2019
Location:, Hong Kong
Contact Person: Anna Feldman
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 19-Aug-2019

Meeting Description:

NLP4IF is dedicated to NLP methods that potentially contribute (either positively or negatively) to the free flow of information on the Internet, or to our understanding of the issues that arise in this area. We hope that our workshop will have a transformative impact on society by getting closer to achieving Internet freedom in countries where accessing and sharing of information are strictly controlled by censorship.

Call for Papers:

EMNLP-IJCNLP 2019 Second Workshop on NLP for Internet Freedom (NLP4IF): Censorship, Disinformation, and Propaganda

Workshop website:

Tentative Workshop Date: November 3, 2019

Co-located with EMNLP-IJCNLP, Nov 3-7, Hong Kong

Submission deadline: August 19, 2019 (23:59 PM Pacific Standard Time)

NLP4IF will feature a shared task on propaganda detection in news. Participants of the shared task will be invited to present their approaches at the workshop. More information on the task website ( and in a follow up email.

The topics of interest include (but are not limited) to the following:

- Censorship detection: detecting deleted or edited text; detecting blocked keywords/banned terms;

- Censorship circumvention techniques: linguistically inspired countermeasure for Internet censorship such as keyword substitution, expanding coverage of existing banned terms, text paraphrasing, linguistic steganography, generating information morphs etc.;

- Identification of propaganda at different granularity levels: text fragment, document, and full website

- Detection of self-censorship;

- Identifying potentially censorable content;

- Disinformation/Misinformation detection: fake news, fake accounts, rumor detection, etc.;

- Identification of hate speech and offensive language;

- (Comparative) analysis of the language of propagandistic and biased texts;

- Automatic generation of persuasive content;

- Automatic debiasing of news content;

- Tools to facilitate the flagging, either automatic or manual, of propaganda and bias in social media;

- Automatic detection of coordinated propaganda campaigns such as the use of social bots, botnets, and water armies;

- Analysis of diffusion and consumption of propagandistic, hyperpartisan, and extremely biased content in social media;

- Techniques to empirically measure Internet censorship across communication platforms;

- Investigations on covert linguistic communication and its limits;

- Identity and private information detection;

- Passive and targeted surveillance techniques;

- Ethics in NLP;

- “Walled gardens”, personalization and fragmentation of the online public space.

Multiple submission policy: papers that are under review in another EMNLP-IJCNLP workshop at the time of submission will not be considered.

Submission page:

Formatting requirements:

Important Dates:

- Submission deadline: August 19, 2019 (23:59 PM Pacific Standard Time)
- Notification of acceptance: September 16, 2019
- Camera-ready papers due: September 30, 2019
- Workshop: November 3 (or maybe 4), 2019

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