For the last few years I have served as PC member of AIRWeb. I just received and accepted invitation to be a PC for AIRWeb 2009.

For those of you not familiar with, the International Workshop on Adversarial Information Retrieval on the Web (AIRWeb) has been held four times: in conjunction with the WWW’05, SIGIR’06, WWW’07, and WWW’08.

Topics discussed at the workshops include all forms of search engine spamming and hacking practices. SEO spamming practices are exposed and countermeasures are tested. It is a lot of fun examining in advance manuscript describing these malicous practices, months before the accepted papers hit mainstream.

Incidentally, the next issue of the IR Watch newsletter features Fraudulent Web Analytics, an article on adversarial techniques. We expose several practices spammers and hackers use to produce fake analytics and to defraud advertisers.