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Social Informatics 2020

SocInfo 2020

  • Virtual conference
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Considering the current circumstances, the impact of the pandemic and ongoing travel bans, SocInfo2020 will be a fully online conference in the originally scheduled dates of October 6-9, 2020. In order to attend the conference correctly, please ensure to use the Zoom Client for Meetings desktop application (version 5.3.1 or higher)


SocInfo 2020

We are delighted to welcome the 12th International Conference on Social Informatics, on 6-9 October, 2020, organized by National Research Council of Pisa (CNR, Pisa).

SocInfo is an interdisciplinary venue for researchers from Computer Science, Informatics, Social Sciences and Management Sciences to share ideas and opinions, and present original research work on studying the interplay between socially-centric platforms and social phenomena. The ultimate goal of Social Informatics is to create better understanding of socially-centric platforms not just as a technology, but also as a set of social phenomena. To that end, we are inviting interdisciplinary papers, on applying information technology in the study of social phenomena, on applying social concepts in the design of information systems, on applying methods from the social sciences in the study of social computing and information systems, on applying computational algorithms to facilitate the study of social systems and human social dynamics, and on designing information and communication technologies that consider social context.

  • Where

    Virtual conference

  • When

    6-9 October, 2020


Invited speakers

Leticia Bode

Georgetown University

Alessandro Vespignani

Northeastern University

Virginia Dignum

Umeå University

Bruno Lepri

Bruno Kessler Foundation

Free Keynote Video Streaming

All Keynote speakers will be streamed as part of the Internet Festival event:


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Conference Schedule

PDF program

The time table is based on Central Europe Time Zone (GMT+2). You can have more information by clicking on Keynotes and Sessions tabs.

For any doubt or clarification, you can contact daniele.fadda[at]
9:00 am to 5:00 pm - workshopHuman migration: potential areas for combinations of big data
9:00 am to 12:00 pm - workshopInformation disorder: disinformation and coordinates inauthentic behavior
9:00 am to 12:00 pm - workshopRefResh 2020 - 2nd workshop on Reframing Research
2:00 pm to 5:00 pmChallenging misinformation: exploring limits and approaches
9:00 am to 12:00 pm - tutorialDiscovering Gender Bias and Discrimination in Language
2:00 pm to 5:00 pm - tutorialLearning to Quantify: Supervised Prevalence Estimation for Computational Social Science
2:00 pm to 5:00 pm - tutorialSocial Information for emergency response : Actionable information from unconventional data sources
8:30 am to 9:00 pmJoining the Zoom meeting
9:00 am to 9:15 pmWelcome

The almost universal adoption of mobile phones, the exponential growth in the usage of Internet services and social media platforms, and the proliferation of digital payment systems, wearable devices, and connected objects has led to the existence of unprecedented amounts of data about human behavior. Thus, we live in an unprecedented historic moment where the availability of vast amounts of behavioral data, combined with advances in machine learning, are enabling us to build predictive computational models of human behavior. In my talk, I will show examples of how those computational models of human behavior can be used to better understand and to design more efficient companies, cities, and societies, For example, I will present some recent works where we have leveraged mobile phone data, credit card transactions, Google Street View images, and social media data in order (i) to infer how vital and livable a city is, (ii) to find the urban conditions that magnify and influence urban life, (iii) to study their relationship with societal outcomes such as poverty, criminality, innovation, segregation, and (iv) to envision data-driven guidelines for helping policy makers to respond to the demands of citizens. Finally, I will also discuss key human-centric requirements for a positive disruption of these novel approaches including a fundamental renegotiation of user-centric data ownership and management, the development of tools and participatory infrastractures towards increased algorithmic transparency and accountability, and the creation of living labs for experimenting and co-creating data-driven policies.

10:15 am to 10:30 amCoffee Break
  • Isabelle van der Vegt and Bennett Kleinberg
  • Women worry about family, men about the economy: Gender differences in emotional responses to COVID-19
  • Rahul Goel and Rajesh Sharma
  • Understanding The #MeToo Movement Through The Lens Of The Twitter
  • Xinchen Yu, Shashidhar Reddy Daida, Jeremy Boy and Lingzi Hong
  • The Effect of Structural Affinity on the Diffusion of a Transnational Online Movement: the Case of #MeToo
  • Jeewoo Yoon, Jungseock Joo, Eunil Park and Jinyoung Han
  • Cross-domain Classification of Facial Appearance of Leaders
12:00 am to 1:00 pmLightning talksChair Vasiliki Voukelatou
1:20 pm to 2:30 pmLunch break

Misinformation on social media abounds, and computational approaches alone have not been able to stem its tide. As a complementary approach, I describe the power of correction of misinformation on social media, whether it comes from peers, platforms, or experts. Results from multiple experiments, dealing with a variety of health issues, and on four different social media platforms demonstrate that correction does generally lead people to update their beliefs. Best practices for correction will also be discussed and illustrated.

3:30 pm to 4:00 pmCoffee Break
  • Negar Mokhberian, Andres Abeliuk, Patrick Cummings and Kristina Lerman
  • Moral Framing and Ideological Bias of News
  • Chereen Shurafa, Kareem Darwish and Wajdi Zaghouani
  • Political Framing: US COVID19 Blame Game
  • Grégoire Burel, Tracie Farrell, Prashant Khare and Harith Alani
  • Co-Spread of Misinformation and Fact-Checking Content during the Covid-19 Pandemic
  • Aman Tyagi, Anjalie Field, Priyank Lathwal, Yulia Tsvetkov and Kathleen M. Carley - best paper nomination
  • A Computational Analysis of Polarization on Indian and Pakistani Social Media
8:30 am to 9:00 pmJoining the Zoom meeting
9:00 am to 9:15 pmWelcome
  • Helen Senefonte, Gabriel Frizzo, Myriam Delgado, Ricardo Luders, Daniel Silver and Thiago Silva
  • Regional Influences on Tourists Mobility Through the Lens of Social Sensing
  • Pavlos Paraskevopoulos, Chiara Boldrini, Andrea Passarella and Marco Conti
  • Dynamics of scientific collaboration networks due to academic migrations
  • Yichen Wang, Shuo Zhang, Xu Han and Qin Lv
  • Jump on the Bandwagon? - Characterizing Bandwagon Phenomenon in Online NBA Fan Communities
10:15 am to 10:30 amCoffee Break
  • Seungbae Kim and Jinyoung Han
  • Detecting Engagement Bots on Social Influencer Marketing
  • Guanyi Mou and Kyumin Lee
  • Malicious Bot Detection in Online Social Networks: Arming Handcrafted Features with Deep Learning
  • Philipp Koncar and Denis Helic - best paper nomination
  • Employee Satisfaction in Online Reviews
  • Alessandra Urbinati, Kyriaki Kalimeri, Alessandro Rosina, Andrea Bonanomi, Ciro Cattuto and Daniela Paolotti
  • Young Adult Unemployment Through the Lens of Social Media: Italy as a Case Study
12:00 am to 1:20 pmPoster session + best poster, lightning voteChair Vasiliki Voukelatou
1:20 pm to 2:30 pmLunch break

Every day we see news about advances and the societal impact of AI. AI is changing the way we work, live and solve challenges but concerns about fairness, transparency or privacy are also growing. Ensuring an ethically aligned purpose is more than designing systems whose result can be trusted. It is about the way we design them, why we design them, and who is involved in designing them. If we are to produce responsible trustworthy AI, we need to work towards technical and socio-legal initiatives and solutions which provide concretise instructions, tools, and other means of dictating, helping, and educating AI practitioners at aligning their systems with our societies’ principles and values.

3:30 pm to 4:00 pmCoffee Break
  • Michael Bailey, Theresa Kuchler, Dominic Russel, Bogdan State and Johannes Stroebel
  • The Determinants of Social Connectedness in Europe
  • Yelena Mejova and Víctor Suarez-Lledó - best paper nomination
  • Impact of Online Health Awareness Campaign: Case of National Eating Disorders Association
  • Elizaveta Sivak and Ivan Smirnov
  • Measuring adolescents well - being: correspondence of naïve digital traces to survey data
  • Lushi Chen, Walid Magdy, Heather Whalley and Maria Klara Wolters
  • It’s Not Just About Sad Songs: The Effect of Depression on Posting Lyrics and Quotes
8:30 am to 9:00 pmJoining the Zoom meeting
9:00 am to 9:15 pmBest paper, best poster+lightning, and best reviewer announcement
  • Kilian Ollivier, Chiara Boldrini, Andrea Passarella and Marco Conti
  • Structural invariants in individuals language use: the "ego network" of words
  • Ryohei Hisano, Hiroshi Iyetomi, and Takayuki Mizuno
  • Identifying the Hierarchical Influence Structure Behind Smart Sanctions Using Network Analysis
  • Saransh Khandelwal and Aurobinda Routray
  • Coverage and Evolution of Cancer and its Risk Factors - A quantitative study with Social Signals and Web-Data
10:15 am to 10:30 amCoffee Break
  • Nikolaos Lykousas, Fran Casino and Constantinos Patsakis
  • Inside the x-rated world of "premium" social media accounts
  • Arthur Capozzi, Gianmarco De Francisci Morales, Yelena Mejova, Corrado Monti, Andre Panisson and Daniela Paolotti - best paper nomination
  • Facebook Ads: Politics of Migration in Italy
  • Divi Galih Prasetyo Putri, Marco Viviani and Gabriella Pasi
  • Social Search and Task-related Relevance Dimensions in Microblogging Sites
  • Thilini Wijesiriwardene, Hale Inan, Ugur Kursuncu, Manas Gaur, Valerie L. Shalin, Krishnaprasad Thirunarayan, Amit Sheth and I. Budak Arpinar
  • ALONE: A Dataset for Toxic Behavior among Adolescents on Twitter
  • Gabriel Peres Nobre, Carlos Henrique Gomes Ferreira and Jussara Marques de Almeida
  • Beyond Groups: Uncovering Dynamic Communities on the WhatsApp Network of Information Dissemination
  • Gal Shahaf, Ehud Shapiro and Nimrod Talmon
  • Genuine Personal Identifiers and Mutual Sureties for Sybil-Resilient Community Growth
  • Boxuan Li, Martin Carrington and Peter Marbach
  • Stable Community Structures and Social Exclusion
  • Gaurav Koley, Jayati Deshmukh and Srinath Srinivasa - best paper nomination
  • Social Capital as Engagement and Belief Revision
1:20 pm to 2:30 pmLunch break


The data science revolution is finally enabling the development of large-scale data-driven models that provide scenarios, forecasts and risk analysis for infectious disease threats. These models also provide rationales and quantitative analysis to support policy making decisions and intervention plans. At the same time, the non-incremental advance of the field presents a broad range of challenges: algorithmic (multiscale constitutive equations, scalability, parallelization), real time integration of novel digital data streams (social networks, participatory platform, human mobility etc.). I will review and discuss recent results and challenges in the area, and focus on ongoing work aimed at responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

3:30 pm to 4:00 pmCoffee Break
  • Mohamed Barbouch, Frank W. Takes and Suzan Verberne
  • Combining Language Models and Network Features for Relevance-based Tweet Classification
  • Hamdy Mubarak, Ahmed Abdelali, Sabit Hassan and Kareem Darwish
  • Spam Detection on Arabic Twitter
  • Sumin Han, Kinam Park and Dongman Lee
  • Discovering Daily POI Exploitation using a LTECell Tower Access Trace in Urban Environment
5:00 pm to 5:30 pmClosing remarks

Pubblication - Proceedings

  • SocInfo 2020, Pisa, Italy, Proceedings

2020 Socinfo Proceedings (free access for participants)

As in previous years, accepted papers will appear in → Springer's Lecture Note Series in Computer Science (LNCS). We will also allow accepted papers to be presented without publication in the conference proceedings, if the authors choose to do so. Some of the full paper submissions may be accepted as short papers after review by the Program Committee. A small set of particularly high quality and important papers will be selected for journal publication.

You may also find previous SocInfo proceedings on → Springer

Best Paper

Social Capital as Engagement and Belief Revision

Gaurav Koley, Jayati Deshmukh and Srinath Srinivasa

Best runner up paper

Facebook Ads: Politics of Migration in Italy (nominated for the best paper)

Arthur Capozzi, Gianmarco De Francisci Morales, Yelena Mejova, Corrado Monti, Andre Panisson and Daniela Paolotti

Best poster

Who Won it Online? A comparative study of 2019 Indian General Elections on Twitter

Kanay Gupta, Avinash Tulasi, Omkar Gurjar, SathvikSanjeev Buggana, Paras Mehan, Arun Balaji Buduru, Ponnurangam Kumaraguru

Program committee

here you can find all members of the program committee
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General Chair
Fosca Giannotti

ISTI-CNR, Pisa, Italy

General Chair
Dino Pedreschi

University of Pisa, Italy

Program co-chair
Kalina Bontcheva

University of Sheffield, UK

Program co-chair
Frank Dignum

Umeå University, Sweden

Workshop chair
Giulio Rossetti

ISTI-CNR, Pisa, Italy

Tutorial chair
Luca Pappalardo

ISTI-CNR, Pisa, Italy

Tutorial chair
Marco De Nadai

FBK, Italy

Submission chair
Samin Aref

MPIDR, Germany

Publicity chair
Ioanna Miliou

University of Pisa, Italy

Web Chair
Daniele Fadda

ISTI-CNR, Pisa, Italy

Proceedings chair
Marco Braghieri

King’s College London, UK.

Proceedings chair
Francesco Grisolia

University of Pisa, Italy

Workshop Chair
Rémy Cazabet

University of Lyon, France

Registration Chair
Francesca Pratesi

University of Pisa, Italy

Registration Chair
Letizia Milli

University of Pisa, Italy

Sponsorship Chair
Michela Natilli

University of Pisa, Italy

Poster chair
Vasiliki Voukelatou

Scuola Normale Superiore, Italy

General organization
Vittorio Romano

ISTI-CNR, Pisa, Italy

Financial Chair
Chiara Falchi

CNR, Pisa, Italy

Event detail

Virtual Conference

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