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.

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
  • GDPR
  • Device/radio blocking (Network IMEI)
  • Ownership of infrastructure, and community-operated networks
  • Spectrum sharing
  • License-exempt spectrum

Important dates

  • Paper Submission due:  September 25th, 2020 September 15th, 2020
  • Notification to authors: October 15th, 2020
  • Final, camera ready papers, due: November 15th, 2020
  • Workshop date: December 14th, 2020

Apply here.