Note on Virtual Conference Program Structure: Unless otherwise indicated, all sessions will take place on moderated Zoom calls, with recordings available to registrants following the event. All time zones listed are in the host’s time zone: Eastern Daylight Time. Please make sure to convert your session’s listed time to your time zone when saving the date. 

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Program Overview

Monday, July 13th 9:15am – 9:45am Welcome Session
(All times EDT) 10:00am – 11:00am Session 1: Hypertext Literature
11:30am – 12:30pm Plenary: Noah Wardrip-Fruin
1:00pm – 2:00pm Session 2: Hypertext Games + DH
2:30pm – 3:45pm Session 3: Web and the Society – I
4:00pm – 5:00pm Session 4: Users and Web Search
5:15pm – 6:00pm Blue Sky Ideas – I
6:00pm – 7:00pm Exhibit / Social on Discord
Tuesday, July 14th 9:00am – 9:45am Poster Session 1
10:00am – 11:00am Session 5: Web and the Society – II
11:30am – 12:30pm Plenary: Stuart Moulthrop
1:00pm – 1:45pm Session 6: Hypertext Infrastructures + UI
2:00pm – 3:00pm Session 7: Recommender Systems
4:00pm – 5:00pm SIGWEB Town Hall
5:15pm – 6:00pm “Happy Hour” on Discord
3:00pm-6:00pm Tutorial: Machine Learning
Wednesday, July 15th 9:00am – 10:00am Blue Sky Ideas – II
10:00am – 11:00am Poster Session 2
11:30am – 12:30pm Plenary: Safiya Noble
1:00pm – 2:30pm ELO Joint Event: Afternoon traversal
3:00pm – 4:30pm Session 8: Social Media Analysis
5:00pm – 6:00pm
Session 9: Recommender Systems + Narratives
6:16pm – 7:00pm Awards Ceremony

Session Listings

Session 1: Hypertext Literature
Sofia Kitromili, James Jordan and David Millard What Authors Think about Hypertext Authoring
Alessio Antonini and Samuel Brooker Mediation as Calibration: A Framework for Evaluating the Author/Reader Relation
Alessio Antonini, Francesca Benatti and Sally Blackburn-Daniels On Links To Be: Exercises in Style #2


Session 2: Hypertext Games and Digital Humanities
Ray Eddy, Carissa Baker, Robert Macy, John Murray and Anastasia Salter Hacking Droids and Casting Spells: Locative Augmented Reality Games and the Reimagining of the Theme Park
Gabriel Dzodom, Catherine Marshall and Frank Shipman Keeping People Playing: The Effects of Domain News Presentation on Player Engagement in Educational Prediction Games
Rosemary Michelle Simpson Augustine as “Naturalist of the Mind”


Session 3: Web and the Society – I
Anna Kawakami, Khonzodakhon Umarova, Dongchen Huang and Eni Mustafaraj The ‘Fairness Doctrine’ lives on? Theorizing about the Algorithmic News Curation of Google’s Top Stories
Mainack Mondal, Denzil Correa and Fabricio Benevenuto Anonymity Effects: A Large-Scale Dataset from an Anonymous Social Media Platform
Siva Charan Reddy Gangireddy, Deepak P, Cheng Long and Tanmoy Chakraborty Unsupervised Fake News Detection: A Graph-based Approach
Michael Paris and Robert Jäschke How to assess the exhaustiveness of longitudinal web archives


Session 4: Users and Web Search Interactions
Luyan Xu, Xuan Zhou and Ujwal Gadiraju How Does Team Composition Affect Knowledge Gain of Users in Collaborative Web Search?
Suppanut Pothirattanachaikul, Takehiro Yamamoto, Yusuke Yamamoto and Masatoshi Yoshikawa Analyzing the Effects of “People also ask” on Search Behaviors and Beliefs
Hae-Na Lee and Vikas Ashok Towards Personalized Annotation of Webpages for Efficient Screen-Reader Interaction


Session 5: Web and the Society – II
Silvia Basile, Cristian Consonni, Matteo Manca and Ludovico Boratto Matching User Preferences and Behavior for Mobility
Flavio Figueiredo, Felipe Giori, Guilherme Soares, Mariana Vieira Siqueira de Arantes, Fabricio Benevenuto and Jussara Almeida Understanding Targeted Video-Ads in Children’s Content
Pushkal Agarwal, Miriam Redi, Nishanth Sastry, Edward Wood and Andrew Blick Wikipedia and Westminster: Quality and Dynamics of Wikipedia Pages about UK Politicians


Session 6: Hypertext Infrastructures and User Interfaces
Behnam Rahdari, Peter Brusilovsky and Dmitriy Babichenko Personalizing Information Exploration with an Open User Model
Giuseppe Abrami, Alexander Henlein, Attila Kett and Alexander Mehler Text2SceneVR: Generating Hypertexts with VAnnotatoR as a Pre-processing Step for Text2Scene Systems


Session 7: Recommeder Systems
Shabnam Najafian, Daniel Herzog, Sihang Qiu, Oana Inel and Nava Tintarev You do not decide for me! Evaluating Explainable Group Aggregation Strategies for Tourism
Kun Lin, Nasim Sonboli, Bamshad Mobasher and Robin Burke Calibration In Collaborative Filtering Recommender Systems: A User-Centered Analysis
Naieme Hazrati, Mehdi Elahi and Francesco Ricci Simulating the Impact of Recommender Systems on the Evolution of Collective Users’ Choices



Amit Sheth, Manas Gaur, Ugur Kursuncu, Ruwan Wickramarachchi, Shweta

Session 8: Social Media Analysis
Jasabanta Patro and Pushpendra Singh Rathore A sociolinguistic route to the characterization and detection of the credibility of events on Twitter
Chen Ling, Guangmo Tong and Mozi Chen NesTPP: Modeling Thread Dynamics in Online Discussion Forums
Yuxiang Ren, Lin Meng and Jiawei Zhang Scalable Heterogeneous Social Network Alignment through Synergistic Graph Partition
Reyhaneh Abdolazimi, Shengmin Jin and Reza Zafarani Noise-Enhanced Community Detection


Session 9: Recommender Systems and Narratives
Toktam Amanzadeh Oghaz, Ece Mutlu, Jasser Jasser, Niloofar Yousefi and Ivan Garibay Probabilistic Model of Narratives Over Topical Trends in Social Media: A Discrete Time Model
Ladislav Peska and Peter Vojtas Off-line vs. On-line Evaluation of Recommender Systems in Small E-commerce
Lukas Eberhard, Simon Walk and Denis Helic Tell Me What You Want: Embedding Narratives for Movie Recommendations


Blue Sky Ideas – I
Claus Atzenbeck and Daniel Roßner Thoughts Reflection Machine
David Millard Games/Hypertext
Frode Hegland Addressing the Skies of the Future of Text


Blue Sky Ideas – II
Kenton Howard Learning about Queer Representation through Mods: Reviewing Past Challenges and Outlining Ideas About Future Approaches
Mark Anderson Docuverse Despatch: Information Farming For The Collective
Mark Bernstein Bad Character: Who do we want our hypertexts to be?
Mehdi Elahi, Reza Hosseini, Mohammad Hossein Rimaz, Farshad Bakhshandegan Moghaddam and Christoph Trattner Visually-Aware Video Recommendation in the Cold Start


Poster Session – I
Cameron Tolentino and Matthew Mosher Kurios: A Web App for Saving and Sharing Audio Memories with Physical Objects
Christopher Odom The Narrative of the Image
Eelco Herder, Daniel Roßner and Claus Atzenbeck Hypertext as a Tool for Exploring Personal Data on Social Media
Hanae Hmimid and Matthew Mosher Date the Artist
Milo Trujillo, Maurício Gruppi, Cody Buntain and Benjamin D. Horne What is BitChute? Characterizing the “Free Speech” Alternative to YouTube


Poster Session – II
Ninareh Mehrabi, Thamme Gowda, Fred Morstatter, Nanyun Peng and Aram Galstyan Man is to Person as Woman is to Location: Measuring Gender Bias in Named Entity Recognition
Rachel Winter, Steve Scheinert, Mel Stanfill, Anastasia Salter, Olivia Newton, Jihye Song, William Rand, Stephen Fiore and Ivan Garibay A Taxonomy of User Actions on Social Networking Sites
Roshni Chakraborty, Ritwika Das and Nilotpal Chakraborty Predicting Links in Signed Networks through GAN based Framework
Stanley Yip, Bob Zeleznik, Samuel Wilkins, Tyler Schicke and Andries van Dam Dash: A Hyper Framework
Szymon Olewniczak, Tomasz Boiński and Julian Szymański Towards Extending Wikipedia with Bidirectional Links