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2nd CFP: All Things in Moderation: The People, Practices and Politics of Online Content

2nd CFP: All Things in Moderation: The People, Practices and Politics of Online Content Review - Human and Machine

Dec 6-7, 2017, UCLA (Sarah T. Roberts)

On December 6-7 2017, UCLA's Department of Information Studies, part of the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, welcomes participants to a two-day conference on commercial content moderation (CCM) of user-generated social media material.

At All Things in Moderation: The People, Practices and Politics of Online Content Review "Human and Machine" we will offer a new forum bringing together those interested in the multiple challenges related to CCM, and to content moderation of all kinds. The goal of this foundational event is to map the current landscape from a number of perspectives. During these two days, scholars, students, journalists, policy makers and CCM workers will share their insights in order to generate a discussion about the challenges, methodologies and frameworks that are necessary to integrate a comprehensive, academic study of commercial content moderation, other kinds of online moderation, and its outcomes and implications into existing paradigms in labor studies, information studies, computing and internet history, public policy, internet governance and media studies, to name but a few.

Beyond analyzing the contemporary case of CCM across the social media and other digital industries, we anticipate that ATM will require a look to the past and to other media sectors, as well as a gaze into the future, to anticipate the problems related to CCM and to our social media-reliant world, and to collectively think about solutions. We anticipate a fruitful gathering.

Some areas of concentration include (but need not be limited to):

  • CCM and Policy: human rights; internet governance; transparency and control online; national cases; transnational CCM (e.g., Taylor, 2016)       
  • CCM and/as Labor: workplace practices; internal policies; worker mental health and wellness; workers' rights; outsourcing, globalization and contract labor; CCM work and identity (race/gender/class/sexual orientation/ability/ethnicity) (e.g., Crawford and Gillespie, 2014)
  • CCM Automation: algorithmic mechanisms; machine learning and training; computer vision; automated CCM tools and techniques
  • CCM and the Law: US and international cyberlaw and its applications to CCM; lawsuits; EU and other governmental legislation; CCM as repression and speech restriction (e.g., Klonick, 2017)
  • Histories of Moderation: online moderation pre-CCM; histories of online communities; comparative moderation studies (e.g., Postigo, 2009) supported by the Luskin Center for History and Policy
  • Covering CCM: journalism and reporting on CCM and on tech; doing academic research on CCM


Who Should Attend

ATM welcomes participants from across academic disciplines and research areas, such as information studies, sociology, legal studies, history, data science, computer vision, media studies, communication, policy studies, globalization studies and others. It also welcomes journalists, policy analysts, lawyers, engineers, programmers and anyone with an interest in CCM work and workers.

Proposals can take the form of:

  • Paper proposals with preference for emergent work and/or work-in-process       
  • Panel proposals made up of presentations organized thematically around a particular CCM issue or concern; submit a description of the panel and its component parts 
  • Roundtable proposals: hands-on, interactive sessions devoted to discussion and knowledge-sharing of the current state of affairs regarding CCM and a particular area of concentration (e.g., EU regulations and CCM, 2017)
  • Lightning talks: short, provocative idea sharing sessions of five minutes (or less)
  • Other interventions, something that doesn't adequately fit into these boxes that you would like to share (please describe; to be planned in conversation with organizers)
  • Proposals should not exceed 300 words and should be submitted via the conference registration site. Proposals are due SEPTEMBER 15, 2017. Registration closes OCTOBER 31, 2017.


Please join us on the beautiful UCLA campus this December.

The conference is _free_ for participants, but space is limited.
Register early (https://atm-ucla2017.net/registration/) and visit the call for participation (https://atm-ucla2017.net/about/) to submit your proposals for papers, sessions and other interventions.

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