The Third Workshop on Abusive Language Online

Monday, January 7, 2019 - 7:00pm

3rd Workshop on Abusive Language Online (ALW3)

The annual meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics 2019 (Florence, Italy), August 01, 2019

Submission deadline: May 3, 2019


Submission link:



Interaction amongst users on social networking platforms can enable constructive and insightful conversations and civic participation; however, on many sites that encourage user interaction, verbal abuse has become commonplace, leading to negative outcomes such as cyberbullying, hate speech, and scapegoating. In online contexts, aggressive behavior may be more frequent than in face-to-face interaction, which can poison the social climates within online communities. The last few years have seen a surge in such abusive online behavior, leaving governments, social media platforms, and individuals struggling to deal with the consequences.

Held In conjunction with the 2019 annual meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics in Florence, Italy, this workshop seeks to bring together technical practitioners and researchers with that have a greater focus on the social and societal influence and implications of online abuse. In previous iterations, the workshop has invited persons directly affected by online abuse and legal scholars to address the many facets and forms of abuse as it occurs on social media.

In this third edition of the workshop, we wish to emphasise the the vast body of knowledge that exists and is being produced by internet and social scientific scholars while retaining a focus on the computational applications, calling for an interdisciplinary approach to understanding and dealing with online abuse.


Paper Topics

We invite long and short papers on any of the following general topics:

related to legal, social, and policy considerations of abusive language online:

  • The social and personal consequences of being the target of abusive language and targeting others with abusive language

  • Assessment of current computational and non-computational methods of addressing abusive language

  • Legal ramifications of measures taken against abusive language use - case studies, best practices, emerging issues

  • Social implications of monitoring and moderating unacceptable content

  • Considerations of implemented and proposed policies for dealing with abusive language online and the technological means of dealing with it

  • The psychological and social consequences of dealing with abuse, from user, community, worker and other perspectives.

In addition, in this one-day workshop, we will have

  1. a multidisciplinary panel discussion,

  2. a forum for plenary discussion on the issues that researchers and practitioners face in efforts to work with abusive language detection, and

  3. Selected papers from each of the 3 iterations of the workshop will be selected for publication in a special issue of the journal First Monday.

See for further detail.

Important Dates

Submission due: May 3, 2019

Author Notification: May 20, 2019

Camera Ready: May 29, 2019

Workshop Date: Aug 01 or 02, 2019


Organizing Committee

  • Vinodkumar Prabhakaran, Google

  • Sarah T. Roberts, University of California, Los Angeles

  • Joel Tetreault, Grammarly

  • Zeerak Waseem, University of Sheffield



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