Topics on Internet Censorship and Surveillance 2020

TICS 2020 (WI-IAT)

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  • Event Date: 2020-12-14 ~ 2020-12-14
  • Submission Date: 2020-09-25
  • Organizer: WI-IAT

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# TICS 2020

**Co-located with the [2020 IEEE/WIC/ACM International Joint Conference on Web

Intelligence and Intelligent Agent Technology (WI-IAT

2020)](, to be held online.**

## Introduction

Over the past years there has been a greater demand from large-scale players

such as governments and dominant media companies for online censorship and

surveillance, as an understandable reaction against hate speech, copyright

violations, and other cases related to citizen compliance with civil laws and

regulations by national authorities. Unfortunately, this is often accompanied by

a tendency of extensively censoring online content and massively spying on

citizens actions.

Numerous whistle-blower revelations, leaks from classified documents, and a vast

amount of information released by activists, researchers and journalists, reveal

evidence of government-sponsored infrastructure that either goes beyond the

requirements and scope of the law, or operates without any effective regulations

in place. In addition, this infrastructure often supports the interests of big

private corporations, such as the companies that enforce online copyright


Mobile networks are particularly vulnerable to the above points. Due to the

nature of their deployment, few actors can achieve far-reaching results, and

end-users are left unprotected; we are interested in tracking developments that,

without sacrificing functionality and convenience, allow end-users to get

control on the amount and breadth of information generated, stored and processed

on them.

TICS is a special track the area of Internet censorship, surveillance and other

adversarial burdens to technology that bring in danger; to a greater extend the

safety (physical security and privacy) of its users. Proposals for TICS 2020

should be situated within the field of Internet censorship, network

measurements, information controls, surveillance and content moderation.

## Workshop topics

The goal of TICS is to raise awareness around the implications of network

interference, by inviting researchers from complementary disciplines to consider

the effect of their own domain on online censorship and surveillance. Along

those lines, we invite submissions that address the following topics:

* Research on technologies and policies that build upon advancements on the

  field of web intelligence to imply blocking, limitation or distortion of the

  availability of network services and online content

* The application of web intelligence concepts such as behavioral modeling, data

  mining, and social network analytics to target groups and individuals by law

  enforcement agencies and private corporations

* The implications of algorithmic and AI-assisted user content classification

  (such as for identification of hate-speech, copyright, or disinformation)

* Novel techniques that leverage web intelligence to defend netizens against

  censorship and surveillance, or privacy enhancements to the existing AI

  infrastructure to mitigate these threats

* Measurement methodologies that detect network interference or content

  moderation based on crowd knowledge or web analytics

* The socio-economic consequences and implementation limitations and fallacies

  of upload filters and recommendation systems

* Business models and amendments to legal frameworks which promote the use of

  web intelligence in ways that build a pluralistic, private, and human-centric

  experience without violating user freedoms

* Privacy on mobile networks

* Network measurements

* Radio frequency communications

* Data leaks

* Surveillance

* Backdoors into carrier equipment (base stations, antennas, switches, software)

* Law enforcement

* Telcos security and advance persistent threats

* Network espionage and nation state threats (e.g. "operation Soft Cell")

* Middleboxes / DPI

* Content regulation

* Wiretapping

* Net neutrality

* Data retention


* Device/radio blocking (Network IMEI)

* Ownership of infrastructure, and community-operated networks

* Spectrum sharing

* License-exempt spectrum

## Important dates

* Paper Submission due:            (Deadline extended) September 25th, 2020

* Notification to authors:         October 15th, 2020

* Final, camera ready papers, due: November 15th, 2020

* Workshop date:                   December 14th, 2020

## Paper Submission

Paper Submission Page:


Submitted papers should be limited to a maximum of 8 pages in the standard ACM 2-column format.

The ACM Proceedings Manuscript Formatting Guidelines can be found at: <>

## Committees

### Program Chairs

* Vasilis Ververis, Humboldt University Berlin,

* Marios Isaakidis, University College London,

* Gunnar Wolf, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México,

You can contact all of the chairs by addressing your mail to:


### Program Committee

* Chrystalenni Loizidou, University of Nicosia

* Keith McManamen, Psiphon

* Will Scott, University of Michigan

## Past Workshops

- [2019 (Valencia, Spain)](