Call For Papers

Camera ready submission

The camera-ready submission date is now October 5

Final formatting instructions for papers are as follows:

  • Use the same template as submission time,
  • uncomment the line with “\aclfinalcopy” to de-anonymize the manuscript
  • Submit no more than 9 pages of content (you get one extra page: at submission time, it was 8 pages). You have unlimited pages for references and unlimited pages for appendix (to be included in the same PDF file).

Please submit final manuscripts via email to the following email address: admin@truthandtrustonline.com with the title: “camera ready manuscript for submission: ##” replacing ## with your submission number and title.

  • Formats: PDF File AND Text Abstract (for website, 250 words max, No LaTeX)
  • Answer this question: Do you want your paper in the official TTO-2020 proceedings? (YES/NO)

Presentations and video

All talks and papers are requested to submit a 250 word description of their work to accompany their video and paper.

SlidesLive will contact you with regards to the practical aspects of recording and uploading/streaming your talk.

  • Keynotes Sessions: If you have been asked to provide a keynote, you will have approximately 30 minutes to speak and 10 minutes for Q&A;
  • Invited Talks: If you have been asked to provide an invited talk, you will have 15 minutes to speak, followed by 10 minutes of Q&A;
  • Panelists: LIVE Sessions/no-prerecording. If you have been asked to speak on a panel, you will have a total of 30 minutes to speak, followed by 15 minutes of Q&A;  
  • Talk Stage Presentations: If you have been selected to provide a talk stage presentation, you will have 8 minutes to speak, followed by a group Q&A with other speakers for a total of 10 minutes in a panel format;
  • In-depth Stage Presentations: The “In-depth” stage is a new format that we have developed for this online conference. Attendees are asked to review papers and prerecorded talks in advance. Presenters will be grouped with 2 or 3 others in a live online session that permits deeper discussion around a theme. These sessions will be moderated by someone from the programme committee and begin with about 20 minutes of joint Q&A and will be followed by a discussion on the theme.

If you have been selected to provide an in-depth talk, you will have 10-15 minutes to speak. Your talk and/or technical paper will be made available on the conference website in advance of the conference for attendees.

Motivation

The modern media ecosystem in which the public seeks truthful information and trustworthy sources is increasingly dominated by large-scale online social media and communication platforms (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, YouTube) as well as messaging apps, which operate alongside traditional news sources. However, at the same time, this hybrid ecosystem is plagued with people’s lack of trust in both content and sources, harassment and hate speech, as well as misinformation and deliberate efforts to spread disinformation.

The quest to improve the online media ecosystem remains extremely important and is in need of concerted research efforts; now more than ever, as the world battles the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, the world is in two battles at once: one against the pandemic and another one against the first global infodemic. The latter is ranked second in terms of importance on the list of World Health Organisation’s focus areas, with dangers ranging from promoting fake cures, rumours and conspiracy theories, to disinformation and panic.

The mission of the Conference on Truth and Trust Online (TTO), now in its second edition, is to bring together all parties working toward improving the truthfulness and trustworthiness of online communications. TTO is an annual forum for academia, industry, non-profit organizations, and other stakeholders to discuss the problems facing (social) media platforms and technical solutions to understand and address them. 

Given the ongoing travel restrictions, this year’s conference will be virtual, taking place online on October 16-17, 2020. Details on participation and registration will be announced in due course.

Overall, the intended outcomes of our conference are the following: (i) for academics, to learn about the real problems that industry is facing and how their proposed solutions can be more impactful, (ii) for industry, to improve their product safety by brainstorming collective actions together with other stakeholders, and (iii) for the public, to gain insights into how their concerns on social media safety are being addressed.

Call for Papers and Talk Proposals

We invite submissions of both technical papers and talk proposals (see below for details) on technical solutions for addressing current challenges facing social media platforms on the following indicative list of topics:

  • Misinformation 
  • Disinformation 
  • Trustworthiness of COVID-19 news and guidance
  • Hate speech
  • Online harassment and cyberbullying
  • Credibility
  • Hyper-partisanship and bias
  • Image/video verification
  • Fake amplification
  • Fake reviews
  • Polarization and echo chambers
  • Transparency in content and source moderation 
  • Privacy requirements

The focus of the conference is on identifying what new problems and technical solutions we need to work on, rather than incremental solutions to what we are doing already.
We invite two types of submissions: technical papers and talk proposals:

  • Technical papers [August 1, 2020] should contain novel, previously unpublished material related to the topics of the conference and should be limited to 8 pages with unlimited pages for references. Papers should be technical in nature; for instance, authors seeking to publish a position/option paper should rather submit a talk proposal, possibly be accompanied by a blog post. The papers accepted will be presented either orally or as posters. Authors will be able to opt out from inclusion of accepted papers in the TTO proceedings, e.g., if they plan to publish their work elsewhere. Double submissions are allowed, but they should be declared as a footnote on the first page of the paper. 

    Technical papers a will be judged by at least two program committee members. Submissions need to follow the provided TTO template, which is also available in Overleaf.

    Anonymity requirements: technical papers will be subject to double-blind reviewing. Please submit anonymous manuscripts that do not contain information that identifies the authors or their organization.

  • Talk proposals [August 15, 2020] should be 2 pages long, describing the content of a roughly 20-minute talk (the actual length will be determined based on program constraints). We invite submissions from scholars, activists, developers, lawyers, ethics experts, fact-checkers, public servants, journalists, and all around researchers. TTO attracts world-renowned experts: if you are excited to give a talk to such a group, and you think they would be excited to hear it, then you should submit a proposal.

    Talk proposals may be submitted in any PDF format as long as the submission does not exceed 2 pages. Submissions must NOT be anonymous.

Submissions have closed. Please submit papers and talk proposals through EasyChair

Key dates

  • Paper submission deadline: August 1, 2020
  • Talk proposal submission deadline: August 15, 2020
  • Notification of acceptance for both papers and talk proposals: September 15, 2020
  • Camera ready: October 5, 2020
  • Submit videos for the talks: October 5, 2020
  • (Virtual) Conference: October 16-17, 2020

Please note that the deadlines are final and will not be extended. The cut-off time for all deadlines is 23:59 anywhere on earth.

Participation

We encourage wide participation from all interested parties and stakeholders on online media, including academics, startups and large industry, non-profit organizations and governmental institutions.