Workshop on Biases in Social Computing Data and Technology

Co-located with the 2nd European Symposium on Societal Challenges in Computational Social Science (EuroCSS): Bias and Discrimination, Cologne, Germany

Workshop: December 5th, 2018, 2:30pm – 6pm, URL:

Conference: December 5-7, 2018, URL:

Collecting, preparing, and analyzing digital traces and other human-centered data involves or even requires researchers to make a plethora of choices that can impact and bias research outcomes and conclusions. These choices refer to sampling, representation and provenance of data, experimental design, and the selection and configuration of algorithms, methods, and tools. While these decisions are increasingly embedded in datasets and technologies, in many cases, there is an insufficient understanding of their impact on research outcomes, and a lack of best practices and norms for documenting and communicating these choices. Additionally, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data mining systems might unintentionally pick up on and further disseminate or reinforce biases in society and data. As a result, researchers using datasets and tools often do not have the means to determine whether the data and tools they are using are representative and reliable enough to provide a solid foundation for your research. These possible sources of bias highlight the importance of validation, transparency, and replicability/reproducibility.

Topics of interest -- as they relate to biases


The workshop will consist of three one-hour panels/discussion rounds on current issues related to biases: 1) technical/computational challenges and solutions, 2) social implications and ethical concerns, and 3) policy and regulations. Speakers/discussants will be selected based on their abstracts (submission details below). In each panel, speakers will briefly introduce their work or point of view (about 3 speakers per panel and 10 minutes per speaker), and we will then discuss the topic of each panel in detail, including taking questions from the audience.


2:30-3:30pm | Technical/computational challenges and solutions

3:45-4:45pm | Social implications and ethical concerns

5:00-6:00pm | Governance and Policy



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Registration details are available at Authors of accepted submissions will also be notified about how to register for the symposium even after the official registration has closed.

Researchers are welcome to submit abstracts of work in progress or work that has already been published. We will use a single blind review process.

Submit your abstract (in English) through EasyChair: Submissions will mainly be evaluated based on their relevance for the workshop and their potential to stimulate interesting discussions. Submissions should be abstracts of 500 to 1000 words, plus references and figures (if applicable, not counting towards word limit) summarizing the work (for empirical work) or point of view (for vision and position papers) to be presented and discussed. Each abstract will be reviewed by a multidisciplinary Program Committee.

Accepted submissions will be non-archival, i.e., there are no proceedings. We will publish the names of authors and titles on the workshop website.


Submit your abstract (in English) through EasyChair ( by November 18, 2018, 11:59pm (AOE)

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