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CFP Social Media & Society 2016

2016 International Conference on Social Media & Society (#SMSociety)

WHEN: July 11-13, 2016
WHERE: Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

Dec 23, 2015(extended!): Workshops/Tutorials/Panels
Jan 15, 2016: Full & WIP Papers
Mar 4, 2016: Poster Abstracts

Conference website:

Data, data everywhere. With faster computers and cheaper storage, bigger data sets are becoming abundant. Social media is a key source of big data in the form of user and system generated content. What do we do with all of the social data and how do we make sense of it? How does the use of social media platforms and the data that they generate change us, our organizations, and our society? What are the inherent challenges and issues associated with working with social media data? What obligations do we have as social media researchers to protect the privacy of the users? These are just a few questions that will be explored at the 2016 International Conference on Social Media & Society (#SMSociety).

Now, in its 7th year, the conference is an interdisciplinary academic conference focusing exclusively on social media research. The conference brings together top researchers and practitioners from academia and industry who are interested in studying and understanding social media impact and implications on society. This year’s conference offers an intensive three-day program comprising of workshops, tutorials, paper presentations, panel discussions, and posters covering wide-ranging topics related to social media research.

PUBLISHING OPPORTUNITIES: Full papers presented at the conference will be published in the Conference Proceedings by ACM International Conference Proceeding Series (ICPS). All accepted papers (full and WIP) will also be invited to submit their extended papers to Special Issues of Big Data & Society (BD&S) and American Behavioral Scientist (ABS) published by SAGE Publications.

TRAVEL FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: 2016 ISRF Early Career Researcher Essay Competition ( )

ORGANIZER: Social Media Lab at the Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University, Canada

HOSTS & CO-ORGANIZERS: Big Data & Society Journal (BD&S) and the Centre for Creative & Social Technologies (CAST) at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

Social Media & Big Data

  • Data Visualization
  • Analytics & Data Mining
  • Scalability Issues
  • APIs
  • Data Curation
  • Virality & Memes
  • Big and Small Data
  • Ethics
  • Privacy, Surveillance, & Security

Social Media Impact on Society

  • Politics
  • Journalism
  • Sports
  • Health
  • Public Administration
  • Business (Marketing, PR, HR, Risk Management, etc.)
  • Sharing Economy / Crowdsourcing
  • Academia (Alternative Metrics, Learning Analytics, etc.)
  • Mobile

Theories & Methods

  • Qualitative Approaches
  • Quantitative Approaches
  • Opinion Mining & Sentiment Analysis
  • Social Network Analysis
  • Theoretical Models

Online / Offline Communities

  • Case Studies of Online or Offline Communities
  • Trust & Credibility
  • Online Community Detection
  • Measuring Influence
  • Online Identity (Gender, Private Self/Public Self)

2016 #SMSociety Organizing Committee:

Anatoliy Gruzd & Philip Mai, Ryerson University, Canada
Jenna Jacobson, University of Toronto, Canada
Dhiraj Murthy & Evelyn Ruppert, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

2016 #SMSociety Conference Advisor:
Barry Wellman, University of Toronto, Canada