Digital Threats: Research and Practice (DTRAP)


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Special Issue on Fake News Research

Fake news, especially on social media, is now viewed as one of the main digital threats to democracy, journalism, and freedom of expression. Our economies are not immune to the spread of fake news either, with fake news being connected to stock market fluctuations and massive trades. The goal of this special issue is to promote exchange of research and studies that (1) aim to understand and characterize fake news and its patterns and how it can be differentiated from other similar concepts such as false/satire news, misinformation, disinformation, among others, which helps deepen our understanding of fake news; and (2) systematically detect fake news by determining its credibility, verifying its facts, assessing its style, or determining its propagation. To facilitate further research in fake news, this special issue especially welcomes research articles, new open access datasets, repositories, and benchmarks for fake news research, broadening research on fake news detection and its development.

Topics - The topics of interest of this special issue include but are not limited to:

  • Patterns of Fake News
    • Internet measurements on Fake News
    • User behavior analysis with respect to Fake News
    • Patterns of Fake News Distribution/Consumption/Response
    • Tracing and characterizing the propagation of fake news and true news
  • Fake News Detection
    • Supervised Fake News Detection
    • Semi-Supervised Fake News Detection
    • Unsupervised Fake News Detection
    • Early Detection of Fake News
    • Deep Nets for Fake News Detection
    • Representation for Fake News
    • Mining of News Content
      • Text Mining of News Content
      • Analysis of Images, Videos, and Audio
    • Fake Checking
      • Knowledge-based (e.g., Knowledge-graphs) analysis
      • Analyzing News Credibility/Credibility Assessment
      • Analyzing Source Credibility
    • Malicious Entity Detection
      • Bot detection
    • Fake News Benchmarks
    • Fake News Datasets
    • Fake News Open Repositories

Expected contributions - We welcome two types of research contributions:

  • Research manuscripts reporting novel methodologies and results (up to 25 pages)
  • Benchmark, Datasets, Repositories, and Demonstration Systems that enable further research and facilitate research on fake news. These papers should be of interest to the broad fake news research community (10 pages + links to such systems)
  • To submit to this special issue, please select “Fake News Research” as paper type 

Important dates and timeline:

Initial submission:                       Dec 1, 2019
First review:                                  Mar 1, 2020
Revised manuscripts:                 May 1, 2020
Second review:                             July 1, 2019
Source Files Due:                         Aug 1, 2020
Publication:                                   Sep     2020

Please submit by going to our Authors page

Special Issue on Cyber Risk and Insurance

Businesses and organizations are increasingly aware of the level of cyber risk they face and cyber risk has consistently ranked as a top risk for businesses and organizations. Cyber risk insurance promises to provide increased assurance of business continuity through risk transfer but the rapidly changing landscape of cyberattack surfaces, vectors, and resulting impact, introduces unique challenges that should be better understood by practitioners and researchers alike.

Total cyber risk insurance premiums, just in the United States, are at $3-4B today and are forecasted to rapidly rise to $15-20B in the next decade by most estimates, and a similar growth in cyber risk insurance is expected globally. The bulk of the growth is from small business reacting to major stand-alone instances of cyber breaches and failures. A key question that remains a concern is what would happen if there were a widespread cyber incident that impacted hundreds or thousands of insured firms simultaneously. The relatively low loss ratio today ensures the cyber insurance market is growing – but what happens if a major widespread catastrophe would come to pass? How the insurance industry would be impacted is an open question.

While the intersection of cyber risk and insurance is a complex domain to navigate, the Insurance Core Principles (ICPs) developed by the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS) do present widely accepted principles, standards, and guidance for the insurance sector. The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) have recently published helpful guidance outlining ICPs that relate to cyber risk (Supervision of cyber risk, Enterprise risk management, and Information sharing and cooperation). Cyber incident and breach experience and emerging applied knowledge need to be reconciled with accepted insurance principles. Application of the appropriate framework of understanding and applying responsive insurance products is very much needed.

?This DTRAP special issue on Cyber Risk and Insurance seeks to highlight recent developments in how organizations should evaluate their cyber risks, review that their controls are appropriate, and ensure appropriate insurance coverage. The latter is particularly relevant in light of clients complaining of denied claims under their cyber insurance coverage when the coverage might not have been adequate in the first place.

Topics - The topics of interest of this special issue include:

  • Cyber Risk Assessment
  • Cyber Risk Mitigation
  • Cyber Risk Modeling
  • Cyber Risk Reporting and Dashboards
  • Cybersecurity Controls and Standards
  • Cybersecurity Compliance
  • Cybersecurity Metrics and Measurements
  • Cybersecurity Maturity Models
  • Cybersecurity Economics and Shared Responsibility in Cyber Market
  • Cyber Insurance
  • Cyber Value-at-Risk (CVaR)
  • Business Interruption

Expected Contributions - We welcome two types of research contributions:

  • Research manuscripts, the primary purpose of which should be to use scientific rigor through analysis and structured observation to illuminate an advance in the field.  The rubric should be your guide to creating the paper so that it meets these requirements. While there is no formal page limit for DTRAP articles, we expect most submissions to be between 10 and 25 journal pages, with 30 pages being a soft upper limit.
  • Field Notes published in DTRAP are short case reports (1000-1500 words) about emerging threats and defenses.  Field Notes accurately document factual data as well as the settings, actions, behaviors, and consequences that are observed.  They may also contain the thoughts, ideas, questions, and concerns that arise as the observation is conducted.  Field Notes provide perspectives on a single phenomenon that, when accumulated over time, suggest new avenues of research.


  • All manuscripts considered for publication in DTRAP must be prepared using the ACM template and submitted as a PDF via the Manuscript Central submission site at
  • Submissions must be prepared for double-blind review.  For additional information please visit the DTRAP Author Guidelines:
  • Please submit the paper by selecting the following paper type upon submission:
  • "Special Issue on Cyber Risk and Insurance"

For further information, please write to

Please submit by going to our Authors page

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