1st International Workshop
On Decentralizing The Web

In conjuction with the 18th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media, ICWSM 2024

Monday, June 3rd, 2024 - Buffalo, New York, USA

About the Workshop

About The Workshop

Decentralizing the Web is a trend that gained remarkable momentum in recent years, fueled by a collective desire to redefine our engagement with online platforms. The conventional centralized vision of the Web is being challenged by a growing interest in decentralizing control and interactions, which finds its most profound expression in socio-economic systems. Illustrative examples of this transformative shift include the increasing attention received by Decentralized Online Social Media platforms with the so-called Fediverse, and the emergence of Web3.

This workshop aims to comprehensively explore the burgeoning landscape of decentralized socio-economic web platforms, seeking to shed light on the key challenges and opportunities inherent in this paradigm. Particular emphasis will be placed on understanding the impact of decentralization on user behavior, and the emergence of novel forms of cooperation driven by the lack of centralized control.

We believe investigating these points becomes now crucial for researchers across different fields, including computer science, human-computer interactions, and computational social science, due to the increasing pervasiveness of such paradigm shift. This workshop is intended to foster interdisciplinary discussions, facilitating collaboration among diverse research communities to unravel the intricate complexities and implications of decentralizing the web, thereby playing a pivotal role in shaping the future of online platforms and interactions.


This workshop seeks to esplore contributions ranging multiple research fields, such as Network Science, Natural Language Processing, and Computational Social Science, aiming to facilitate the exchange of methodologies and empirical findings to foster a deeper understanding of the dynamics of the Decentralized Web.
The topics of interest of the DeWeb workshop at ICWSM2024 include but are not limited to:

  • Structures and dynamics in decentralized platforms
  • Graph mining in decentralized platforms
  • NLP in decentralized platforms
  • Decentralized social interactions
  • Decentralized currencies and finance
  • Coordinated and cooperative user behaviors within decentralized platforms
  • Migratory phenomena towards decentralized platforms
  • Misinformation, disinformation, and fake news in decentralized platforms
  • Content moderation in decentralized platforms
  • Community search, detection, and evolution in decentralized platforms
  • Polarization phenomena in decentralized platforms
  • Fraudulent activities in decentralized platforms
  • Ethical and privacy aspects of decentralized platforms
  • Dataset and resources for studying decentralized platforms

Dates & Submissions

Important Dates

Submission Deadline: March 24, 2024 April 5, 2024
Notifications: April 14, 2024
Camera-Ready Due: May 5, 2024
Workshop Day: June 3, 2024

All deadlines are 11:59 PM AOE (Anywhere On Earth)

Submission Instructions

Submit via the EasyChair portal:
We welcome both 2-page abstracts, as well as short (4 pages) papers - not counting references and appendices (if applicable). Abstracts are ideal for position papers or discussion papers of previously published work. Short papers must contain original work, and are best suited for technical contributions, demos, datasets, or early-stage research with experimental results.

All submissions should be double-blind and in English, and have to follow the AAAI two-column, camera-ready style. Submitted papers must adhere to the ICWSM guidelines, but authors do not need to compile the ethics checklist required for submissions to the main research track of ICWSM.

The accepted short papers (not the 2-page abstracts) will be published in the ICWSM Workshop Proceedings ( by the AAAI Press.

The DeWeb2024 workshop is expected to be in person, and we encourage you to attend in person to fully engage with the community. However, we are also planning a virtual option for those who cannot attend in person. More details will be provided soon.
Please, contact the organizers for questions related to the submission or participation.


Andy Piper

Andy Piper

Developer Relations @ Mastodon


All times below are Eastern Time (ET)


Speakers: Workshop Organizers

Andy Piper

Andy Piper Developer Relations @ Mastodon

More details soon.

Paper Session #1

More info on Session 1.

Coffee Break

Paper Session #2

More info on Session 2.

Panel Session

White-Paper Drafting on Decentralizing the Web

Closing Remarks

Speakers: Workshop Organizers


Please refer to the ICWSM2024 Conference Website for registration details and instructions.

Consortium's White-Paper

The final goal of the 1st International Workshop on Decentralizing the Web (DeWeb2024) will be the drafting of a white-paper, endorsed by a consortium of workshop participants and authors who choose to participate as experts of the domain, serving as a reference resource to open up new perspectives on the Decentralized Web.

Guidelines and an initial structure for the document will be prepared in advance and shared with participants during the workshop. The participating authors opting in will then be responsible for discussing and delineating the primary opportunities and challenges within the Decentralized Web, while also compiling the most pertinent resources to advance research in this field.

We intend to publish the white paper as a collective effort on platforms like arXiv as an ongoing work to be openly accessible and start serving the community, and submit it for consideration to relevant journals or conferences in the field.

Workshop Location

Jacobs School of Medicine
Buffalo, NY, USA

The DeWeb2024 Workshop will be held in conjuction with the AAAI ICWSM 2024 Conference, hosted at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
955 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14203


Lucio La Cava

Lucio La Cava

Assist. Professor @ University of Calabria

Luca Maria Aiello

Luca Maria Aiello

Assoc. Professor @ ITU Copenhagen

Andrea Baronchelli

Andrea Baronchelli

Professor @ City, University of London

Andrea Tagarelli

Andrea Tagarelli

Assoc. Professor @ University of Calabria

Program Committee

Shirin Nilizadeh, University of Texas at Arlington
Alessia Galdeman, Università degli Studi di Milano
Gareth Tyson, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Matteo Zignani, Università degli Studi di Milano