Workshop Proceedings of the 16th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media
This workshop focused on applying new data analytics to address the needs of the most vulnerable populations, introduce resilience in vulnerable situations, and help battle new sources of vulnerabilities. The aim was to highlight latest developments in the use of new sources of data, including web and social media, in the efforts to address the health and other needs of most vulnerable, including children, families, marginalized groups, and those at the threat of poverty, conflict, natural disaster, or epidemic risk. The workshop brought together practitioners from the humanitarian sector and researchers from around the world. Main themes from the keynotes, paper and abstract presentations, and an interactive panel concerned the implications of data in socio-technical systems. This broad topic is explored in the Keynote talks through questions regarding online systems, data gathered to measure health outcomes as well as analyses methods for policy implications. The presented papers also considered similar topics, in relation to online speech on social media, coverage of topics in online media, and the use of data and measures of different forms to measure poverty and social vulnerability. Overall, the continued relevance and infusion of topical areas along with the lively discussion during many aspects of the workshop, showed a great level of interest and research on this significant topic.