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[Commlist] CFP SWARM symposium: Platform governance for safer online communities

Tue Jun 04 14:45:31 GMT 2019

Call for papers SWARM Symposium
Platform governance for safer online communities
University of Sydney August 20th 2019

Building cohesive, productive online communities depends on good governance relationships – particularly with the platforms that host our conversations and content. But increasingly major international communications platform providers are being portrayed as reluctant to control the violence and misinformation they host, and slow to provide moderation tools that help community managers minimise harmful content and deal with bad behaviour.

In light of the Christchurch Call and global debates about how social media platforms and their user base might be better governed, the 2019 SWARM Symposium invites papers on all aspects of platform governance including:
• Choosing platforms: governance considerations in community building
• Asymmetric relations: negotiating ToS with platform providers
• Regulating live streaming and synchronous chat
• Identifying and responding to misinformation campaigns
• Training for interacting safely with your communities
• Controlling hate: moderation tactics and intervention styles
• Caring for managers & moderators: mental health considerations
• Surveillance technologies and their impact on user
• AI and its impacts on community development
• The platformisation of customer service and community relations

Abstracts should be 300 words with title, author name, affiliation, email and phone contact. Please send them to Dr Fiona Martin: (fiona.martin /at/ by July 12th. Two travel scholarships will be available to Australian postgraduate students providing long abstracts of 800 words.

Our SWARM Symposium keynote speaker will be Associate Professor Nic Suzor from Queensland University of Technology’s Law Faculty. Nic studies the regulation of networked society, including the governance of the internet and social networks, the peer economy, digital copyright, and knowledge commons. He is the Legal Lead of the Creative Commons Australia project and deputy chair of Digital Rights Watch, an Australian non-profit which seeks to ensure that Australians are equipped, empowered and enabled to uphold their digital rights.

The SWARM symposium is held in conjunction with the annual SWARM Australian Community managers conference held at the University of Sydney on August 21st 2019.

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