FATES on the Web 2019 - 1st Workshop on Fairness, Accountability, Transparency, Ethics, and Society on the Web


FATES on the Web 2019
1st Workshop on Fairness, Accountability, Transparency, Ethics, and Society on the Web
In conjunction with The Web Conference 2019
May 14, 2019 San Francisco, CA, USA

About the Workshop

Can we build inclusive and representative machine-learning based-algorithms? Who is responsible for harm when algorithmic decision-making results in discriminatory outcomes? To whom should algorithms be transparent? What approaches to ethics might algorithms require? The FATES on the Web 2019 (Fairness, Accountability, Transparency, Ethics, and Society on the Web) is the first edition of a workshop to bring together researchers and enthusiasts concerned with the urgent challenges concerning algorithmic fairness and accountability, transparency, and ethics on data management and social interaction on the web. It will be co-located with The Web Conference 2019 (formerly known as WWW conference), to be hosted in San Francisco, California, celebrating this year the 30th anniversary of the Web.

The workshop will promote the discussion around these critical questions and join forces towards a Web that is truly inclusive and open, a Web for Good.

Topics and Themes 

The workshop encourages multidisciplinary submissions on, but not limited to: 

  • Fairness, accountability, transparency, and ethics in web search and (social) web mining
  • Algorithmic fairness and algorithmic bias, particularly on web data
  • Privacy-preserving and fairness-aware machine learning on the web
  • Fairness-aware recommender systems and diversity in recommendation
  • Transparency and ethics of web-scale data analysis
  • Transparency, fairness, and ethics of crowdsourcing
  • Ethics of opinion mining and opinion formation on the web
  • Hate speech in social media
  • Fake news, social bots, misinformation, and disinformation on social media
  • Credibility and reputation in social media
  • Ethics and legal audits on the use of sensitive data
  • Algorithmic fairness and bias for smart cities
  • Ethical aspects in mobility data analysis
  • Models for ensuring transparency and responsibility of government data
  • Transparency-aware algorithms for online civic engagement
  • Social sciences including sociology and political science and social web mining
  • Ethical-aware machine learning models for healthcare

All submissions will be peer reviewed and evaluated on the basis of originality, relevance, quality, and technical contribution. Submissions must present original work. Concurrent submissions are not allowed.


The papers accepted as full papers or short papers will be published jointly with The Web Conference proceedings. Papers accepted as discussion papers will not be published in the proceedings of The Web Conference.

Submission Guidelines

Authors can submit full papers (up to 10 pages in length), short papers (up to 6 pages in length), and discussion papers (up to 2 pages in length), written in English. The limit of pages includes the references. Papers must be submitted at https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=fatesontheweb2019, in PDF according to the ACM format published in the ACM guidelines (www.acm.org/publications/proceedings-template), selecting the generic “sigconf” sample.

The PDF files must have all non-standard fonts embedded. PDF files must be double-blind. Submissions containing author identifying information are subject to rejection without review.

Important Dates

Paper submission deadline: January 25 February 10, 2019
Paper acceptance notification: February 25, 2019
Paper camera-ready version: March 3, 2019
FATES on the Web 2019: May 14, 2019

Program Committee Co-Chairs and Organizers

Chiara Renso, ISTI/CNR, Italy
Daniel Sadoc Menasché, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Jonice Oliveira, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Lívia Ruback, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Carlos Castillo, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona
Jeanna Matthews, Clarkson University, USA

Preliminary Program Committee

Aline Paes, UFF, Brazil
Anastasios Giovanidis, LIP6/Sorbonne Univ. (CNRS), France
Ana-Andreea Stoica, Columbia University, USA
Anna Monreale, University of Pisa, Italy 
Bettina Berendt, Univ. of Leuven, Belgium
Claudia Cappelli, PPGI/UFRJ, Brazil
Claudio Lucchese, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italy
Cristina Muntean, ISTI/CNR, Italy
Daniel Schwabe, PUC-Rio, Brazil 
Danilo Carvalho, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
Elias Bareinboim, Purdue University, USA
Fabio Rangel, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro,
Fabrizio Silvestri, Facebook, London, UK
Giseli Rabello Lopes, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Ida Mele, ISTI/CNR, Italy
Josep Domingo-Ferrer, Rovira i Virgili University, Catalonia
Karine Zeitouni, University of Versailles, France
Lily Hu, Harvard, USA
Marco Antonio Casanova, PUC-Rio, Brazil
Maria Luiza Machado Campos, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Marília Guterres Ferreira, UDESC, Brazil
Michele Melchiori, University of Brescia, Italy
Raffaele Perego, ISTI/CNR, Italy
Regis Pires Magalhães, Federal University of Ceara, Brazil
Roberto Trani, ISTI/CNR, Italy
Vinicius Monteiro, UFPE, Brazil
Simone Diniz Junqueira Barbosa, PUC-Rio, Brazil
Stan Matwin, Dalhousie University, Canada

Web site graphics

Marcos Arrais, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Any questions? Please contact fates19@isti.cnr.it