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Onward! 2018
Wed 7 - Thu 8 November 2018 Boston, Massachusetts, United States
co-located with SPLASH 2018
Thu 8 Nov 2018 14:00 - 14:30 at The Loft - Language Design Chair(s): Philipp Haller

There is a paradigm shift in web-based services towards conversational user interfaces. Companies increasingly offer conversational interfaces, or chatbots, to let their customers or employees interact with their services in a more flexible and mobile manner. Unfortunately, this new paradigm faces a major problem, namely toxic content. Toxic content consists of user inputs to chatbots that cause privacy concerns, may be adversarial or malicious, and can cause the chatbot provider substantial economic, reputational, or legal harm. We address this problem with an interdisciplinary approach, drawing upon programming languages, cloud computing, and other disciplines to build protections for chatbots. Our solution, called BotShield, is non-intrusive in that it does not require changes to existing chatbots or underlying conversational platforms. This paper introduces novel security mechanisms, articulates their security guarantees, and illustrates them via case studies.

Conference Day
Thu 8 Nov

Displayed time zone: Guadalajara, Mexico City, Monterrey change

13:30 - 15:00
Language DesignOnward! Papers at The Loft
Chair(s): Philipp HallerKTH, Sweden
A CAPable distributed programming model
Onward! Papers
Florian MyterVrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium, Christophe ScholliersUniversiteit Gent, Belgium, Wolfgang De MeuterVrije Universiteit Brussel
Protecting Chatbots from Toxic Content
Onward! Papers
Guillaume BaudartIBM Research, Julian DolbyIBM Research, Evelyn DuesterwaldIBM Research, Martin HirzelIBM Research, Avraham ShinnarIBM Research
JEff: Objects for Effect
Onward! Papers
Pablo InostrozaCWI, Tijs van der StormCWI & University of Groningen