Call for Papers: IEEE Conference on Digital Platforms and Societal Harms 2024

14-15 October, 2024 | Washington, DC, USA
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Submissions Due: 26 June 2024

Important Dates

    • Full Paper Submission: 26 June 2024
    • Acceptance Notification: 31 July 2024
    • Camera Ready Manuscript: 15 September 2024

About IEEE Digital Platforms and Societal Harms (2024 DPSH)

The pervasiveness of digital platforms and social media makes them a battleground for bad actors to fabricate and propagate massive amounts of harmful information, such as hate speech, discrimination, violent extremism, child sexual abuse, disinformation, and misinformation, with massive online engagement. There is an urgent need for broad collaborations among various stakeholders, including academic researchers from multi-disciplines, technologists, law and policymakers, non-profit organizations, private sectors, and end users.

The 4th IEEE Digital Platforms and Societal Harms (2024 DPSH) will take place from Oct.14 – 15, 2024 at American University, Washington DC, USA. This conference aims to provide a venue to facilitate discussions among various stakeholders from relevant but diverse disciplines.


Law and public policy, such as Approaches to harm minimization; Trade-offs between competing legal and policy incentives; Global trends in government responses & intervention to social harms; Human behavior and emotional regulation; Public-private cooperation to address social harms.

Tech/private sector policy and governance, such as Development of corporate policies and safety by design; Responsible tech governance, management, and oversight; Corporate governance structure design; Protection, ranging from whistleblower protection to protection of designs as project progress; Balance competing policy incentives (free speech and harm minimization); Transparency.

Information aspects, such as Definitions of information trustworthiness, authenticity, integrity, and credibility; Information quality and content moderation; Boundaries of journalistic behavior online; Suitability of news content from journalistic entities to surface ground truth.

User aspects and psychological features, such as Definitions and analysis of online authentic behavior; Human behavior analysis; Cognitive tagging; Trust mechanisms; Moral foundations & ethical frameworks; Evolutionary features of online hate speech and disinformation; Hatred basis against various religious and ethnic groups; Human performance against DeepFake media; User views on government or corporate approaches to mitigating harms; User reporting mechanisms design; User safety.

AI and digital harms, such as Ethical, Explainable and Sustainable AI; Algorithmic bias and discrimination; New datasets and evaluation methodologies; New approaches for ground truth labeling; DeepFake media generation or detection; AI chatbots as information assistant or opinion influencer; Open-source toolkits, Serverless AI Applications.

Media propagation aspects, such as Propagation mechanism; Propagation and authenticity; Conspiracies, disinformation and propaganda; Regional and local media; Media fragmentation and changing patterns of media consumption and usage; Risks and opportunities of new media usage; Media representation, inequalities, and minorities; Media and information warfare.

Submission Guidelines

Accepted full papers presented by an original author or co-author during the conference will be published in the 2024 IEEE Digital Platforms and Societal Harms Conference Proceedings, and submitted for publication in IEEE Xplore®.

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