SPAM & Phishing warning about emails from @cssr-scer.ca

Dear members and all who may receive emails from CSSR,

Members of our executive have recently received several fake emails from “Tania S. Smith” purportedly sent from “president@cssr-scer.ca” and requesting payment of invoices, etc.  When the recipient hits “reply,” the email gets sent to an unknown email address.

Please be advised that we do not SEND any individual emails originating from our @cssr-scer.ca email addresses EXCEPT announcements sent from our website mailing list. Our list address is not published online or stated here in order to keep it secure. Our email digests via MailChimp come with the subject line “Posts from … for [date]” and have a blue/teal background when viewed in HTML.

Yes, we do own cssr-scer email addresses, but they are only used for receiving public inquiries from our website TO our current executive committee members. Our website host is set up to forward these email inquiries to the individuals currently serving in those roles. It forwards your message to them at their preferred email address. When you get a reply from them, it will not come from a cssr-scer.ca email address.

Don’t worry, our website and mailing list security and privacy have not been compromised. There is nothing we as the CSSR can do to prevent such scams from occurring. They can happen to any organization that has names and emails published online.  All the scammer needs to know is the person’s real name related to a particular email address, and then they need to know the email addresses of some people who may expect to receive emails from that person.

Any public name and email address is vulnerable to forgery of this type. If your name and email are published on your university website, it also can be forged in an email sent to anyone you’re publicly known to be affiliated with.

For more information on this type of email spam, see this page from the University of Chicago advising their own staff about this issue: https://answers.uchicago.edu/page.php?id=28859

Extended deadline CMNA 2017: 21 April

The CMNA deadline has been extended to April 21.

CSSR members and all rhetoricians are welcomed to participate.

Randy Harris says “we would very much like to up the rhetorical quotient this year: anything with computers + argumentation + rhetoric will be looked on favourably. Notice also that there will be preferential adjudication for papers based on CMNA 17 proposals submitted to the journal Argument and Computation.”

Here is the original announcement Posted April 4: http://cssr-scer.ca/cmna-2017-workshop/

CMNA 2017, the 17th workshop on Computational Models of Natural Argument

16 June 2017, London, UK.

DEADLINE 12 April 2017.

CMNA 2017 will be held in conjunction with the ICAIL 2017 (International Conference on AI and Law) conference, which is held in London, UK from 12 to 16 June 2017.

The series of workshops on Computational Models of Natural Argument is continuing to attract high quality submissions from researchers around the world since its inception in 2001. The workshop focuses on “natural” argumentation. Topics are as follows.

  • The characteristics of “natural” arguments (e.g. ontological aspects, cognitive issues, legal aspects).
  • The linguistic characteristics of natural argumentation, including discourse markers, sentence format, referring expressions, and style.
  • The generation of natural argument
  • Corpus argumentation results and techniques
  • Argumentation mining
  • Models of natural legal argument
  • Rhetoric and affect: the role of emotions, personalities, etc. in argumentation.
  • The roles of licentiousness and deceit and the ethical implications of implemented systems demonstrating such features.
  • Natural argumentation in multi-agent systems.
  • Methods to better convey the structure of complex argument, including representation and summarisation.
  • Natural argumentation and media: visual arguments, multi-modal arguments, spoken arguments.
  • Evaluative arguments and their application in AI systems (such as decision-support and advice-giving).
  • The computational use of models from informal logic and argumentation theory.
  • Computer supported collaborative argumentation, for pedagogy, e-democracy and public debate.
  • Tools for interacting with structures of argument.
  • Applications of argumentation based systems.

We are accepting submissions of long and short papers, demonstrations and short abstracts. CMNA17 proceedings will be published as CEUR Workshop Proceedings, and extended versions of selected accepted papers will be published in a special issue of Argument and Computation

Key dates are as follows:

  • Paper submission (all categories): 12th April 2017
  • Notification to authors: 1st May 2017
  • Final version of papers: 20th May 2017
  • Early registration deadline: see the ICAIL website at https://nms.kcl.ac.uk/icail2017/
  • CMNA 17: 16 June 2017

Please visit http://cmna.info//CMNA17/ for more information.

Sign up for the 2017 CSSR banquet

Tuesday, May 30, 19:00 (after the first day of our conference).

Lola’s Kitchen, 634 Church Street, Toronto, ON, http://lolaskitchen.ca/

RSVP online by May 25 at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080c45a8a62aa1f58-banquet

Pay for your own meal at the restaurant.

Mardi, 30 mai, 19h00. (Après le premier jour de notre conférence)

Lola’s Kitchen, 634 Church Street, Toronto, ON, http://lolaskitchen.ca/

RSVP en-ligne avant le 25 mai: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080c45a8a62aa1f58-banquet

Payez votre repas au restaurant.

 

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