CHOC 2023

Conference on Harmful Online Communication

Harmful Online Communication refers to a variety of ongoing activities on communication platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, TikTok, Telegram and many more. Independent of the platform, harm can, for example, occur in the form of hate speech towards different groups, including racist or sexist content. Harmful online communication can also include aspects of mis- and disinformation, or threats of physical violence. Depending on the type of content, different strategies may be needed to detect it and to apply appropriate counter measures.

The aim of this conference is to bring together a group of experts in computer-based detection and analysis of harmful online communication to discuss new developments in the field. The focus will lie on theoretical concept definitions, data quality, and comparative measurement tools. This will benefit the field of harmful online communication studies by building a community around validity and reliability and creating a baseline that can inform the building of comparative research and shared knowledge. The output of the conference will inform the future work in Computational Social Sciences and help more traditional social scientists to improve their use of data from online platforms.

16th – 17th November 2023

The conference will be hybrid. The onsite part will take place at the GESIS Leibniz Institute of Social Sciences in Cologne. We have limited capacities for onsite participants. Priority will be given to participants who were selected in the call for abstracts (see below), additional seats will be made available after the call is closed. Online participation will be available independently of the call. Registration (via GESIS Training).

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