Here is the first call for workshop proposals at the 8th International 
ACM Web Science 2016 conference.

### Apologies for Cross-Posting ###

*************************** Call for Workshop Proposals 

In a world increasingly connected by the Web, the divide between online 
and offline is blurrier than ever. The Web serves as global newspaper, 
television station, marketplace, agora, or museum. As a great deal of 
social interaction moves online, the Internet promises researchers a 
portal into the social life of humanity. Furthermore, the Internet 
promises not only insight into, but also a full transformation of social 

Despite the prevalent impression of Internet saturation that may prevail 
in many developed societies, the majority of humans are still offline. 
New Internet users experience the Web through radically different and 
diverse mobile interfaces. Although many digital prophets promised a 
world where place and class would be irrelevant, the Internet has not 
freed us from geography or social inequality: the “digital divide” is 
alive and well, with socially-disadvantaged people often having dismal 
access to the Internet.

It is thus important for scholars of the Internet to take a reasoned, 
critical view of the Web. We call for discussion around the ways in 
which the Web as a platform, as well as Web Science, can help address 
global challenges. To this end we invite workshop proposals for the 2016 
edition of the ACM WebSci conference, on topics such as, but not limited 

-The Web and Geography
-The Mobile Revolution and Web Science
-Web Science and Social Good
-Digital Inequalities on the Web
-The Internet in recent Middle-Eastern History
-Crime on the Web and Security

We encourage proposals on the above topics, and likewise welcome 
submissions on already-established areas of focus for ACM WebSci such 

-Digital Humanities
-Web Architecture and Organization
-Collective Intelligence
-Social Network Analysis
-Data Ethics, Privacy and Security
-Statistics on the Web
Workshops can have a mixture of panel presentations and invited 
speakers, but presentations should reflect the diversity of approaches 
that characterise the multidisciplinary nature of Web Science.

### Workshop submission ###
Workshop proposals should contain the following information:

-Title summarising the tutorial goals or workshop theme.
-Name and affiliations of the organizers.
-Details of the organising/program committee, including names and 
institutional affiliations and -whether they have accepted to 
-Max two-page description about the relevance, motivation and goals of 
the workshop, as well as pointers to past editions, if any.
-Schedule of sessions, panels, and talks, including if it is a half- or 
full-day workshop.
-Names of potential invited speakers with an indication of whether they 
have accepted the preliminary invitation.
-Selection criteria for papers to be presented if the workshop invites 

It is the prerogative of organisers to decide whether to have an open 
call for participants and papers, or arrange panels by invitation only. 
Proposals should include as many details as possible about sessions, 
speakers, and talks: they will be evaluated by their coherence and 
ability to address the stated goals.
It is the responsibility of the organisers to advertise their event, and 
constitute a program committee to review and select papers and manage 
the review process if they wish to include paper presentations in their 
If successful, we advise proposals to have a website describing the 
event (within three weeks of acceptance). Workshop websites will be 
linked to from the main conference site.
Proposals should be submitted in pdf format via email to 
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### Publication of Workshop Submissions ###
Submissions to the proposed workshops may be included in the WebSci 
proceedings, or workshop organizers may choose to not publish their 
submissions. If the workshop proceedings are to be included in the 
conference proceedings then the camera-ready deadline (see below) must 
be adhered too.

### Workshop proposal review ###

The Web Science programme chairs will review each submission and select 
those with the highest scores on originality, timeliness and relevance 
of the proposed topic, its interdisciplinarity, rigour of the review 
process, coherence with the conference aims, and potential to attract a 
large audience.

### Workshop proposal deadlines ###
December 17, 2015 - Workshop proposal submissions
December 24, 2015 - Notification of workshop acceptance
January 14, 2016 - Workshop website due
February-March 2016 - Workshop paper submission and notification 
deadlines (if applicable, details left to workshop organizers)
April 17, 2016 - Camera-ready workshop papers due (if inclusion in 
conference proceedings is desired)
May 22, 2016 - Workshop date

### Workshop Chairs ###

Ingmar Weber, QCRI, Qatar | Twitter : @ingmarweber
Bogdan State, Facebook & Stanford, USA | Twitter : @bogdanstate


Best Regards,

Ujwal Gadiraju

L3S Research Center
Leibniz Universität Hannover

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