Second Workshop on Search and Exploration of X-Rated Information (SEXI 2016)

Adult content is pervasive on the web, has been a driving factor in the adoption of the Internet medium, and is responsible for a significant fraction of traffic and revenues, yet rarely attracts the attention of researchers.  This half-day workshop on Search and Exploration of X-Rated Information at the 2016 WSDM conference will discuss questions  for information access tasks and search behaviour related to adult content.

While the scope of the workshop remains broad, we will devote special attention to the privacy and security issues with respect to adult content. The recent release of the personal data belonging to customers of the adult dating site Ashley Madison provides a timely context for the focus on privacy and security.  The data collected by adult sites, derived from both visitors to the site and providers of content, is arguably more sensitive than other commercial data, because of the controversial nature of the sites themselves.

Submission format

We solicit short (2-page) position papers, and longer (4-page) research papers. Position papers identify an issue or problem related to adult information access, and outline a possible resolution or approach to address an issue. Research papers present academic research in areas within the scope of the workshop. Papers should not include examples of adult content, and papers containing adult content will be rejected without review. If in doubt, assume it is adult content.

Papers should be submitted using the ACM Proceedings template to the SEXI 2016 Easychair.

AUTHORS TAKE NOTE: The official publication date is the date the proceedings are made available in the ACM Digital Library. This date may be up to two weeks prior to the first day of your conference. The official publication date affects the deadline for any patent filings related to published work. (For those rare conferences whose proceedings are published in the ACM Digital Library after the conference is over, the official publication date remains the first day of the conference.)

Important dates

  • 30 November 2015 (AoE time zone) — submission deadline
  • 13 December 2015 — notification of acceptance
  • 22 February 2016 — Workshop day!



Vanessa Murdock, Charles L. A. Clarke (University of Waterloo), Jaap Kamps (University of Amsterdam), Jussi Karlgren (Gavagai and KTH, Stockholm)


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