Web Science Trust

Untangling the Web of Humans and Technology

Annual Conference: ACM WebSci'22

Thanks to everyone who made WebSci’21 such a great event – Looking forward to seeing you at next year’s conference 26-29th June in Barcelona.





Untangling the Web

Interviews: hosted by Noshir Contractor

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What is Web Science?

Web Science is the study of the most complex piece of technology ever created. The Web comprises billions of technical and human components operating globally, with each piece subtly influencing the others. Multiple expert perspectives across scientific disciplines are required to build an understanding of how the Web changes society just as much as society changes the Web. 

Get Involved

WST works with universities. think tanks, research groups, governments, businesses and private individuals to better understand the nature and impact the Web will continue to have on society.

Click below to learn more about the research,  courses, events, training, conferences and outreach we offer, support and promote.






About Us

The Web Science Trust is a UK charity hosted by the University of Southampton which brings together world class thinkers and research in Web Science. We are a not-for-profit group representing 20 of the leading universities and research groups and headed by international thought leaders in Web Science and Socio-technical systems.

WSTNet Laboratories

Our global network of research labs

WST Newsletter

A round-up of News and Events

WebSci Courses & Summer Schools

Find WebSci and related courses

WebSci courses and WSTNet Summer School

Brave Conversations

Our international public outreach series

Join Anni Rowland-Campbell and her team ...

Untangling the Web

A podcast from the Web Science Trust.

Join Noshir Contractor for a new series ..

Web Science Policy & Advice

Our Trustee led think-tank

Advising leaders in Government & Business

ACM Web Science Conference

Our international academic conference.
Next conference to be held in Barcelona and Online
Date 27th-30th June 2022

12 years, thousands of researchers

Web Science Blog

Commentary, thoughts and rants ...

Publications & Research

Leading books, papers and talks on Web Science

Our Mission & Vision

Our vision and mission for the Trust is to help grow an understanding of the Web through interdisciplinary scientific methods.

We need to understand the Web, because it is evolving alongside society. Social and technical innovation drive each other. There is no longer a distinction between online and offline; the Web involves virtually all of us to some degree. If it is to benefit humankind, we need to understand the Web, engineer it sensitively and sustainably, anticipate its effects, and also anticipate the consequences of social change upon it. Web Science must therefore involve both engineering the technology, and analysing its impact.

Evolving technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things, new practices, such as social machines and telemedicine, and new contexts, such as the pandemic lockdowns, will only accelerate social and technical change via, and as a direct result of, the Web.

Web Science must therefore include, at a minimum, mathematics, network science, sociology, law, ethics, psychology, computer science, media studies, linguistics, geography, and so on. Virtually all disciplines have something to say about the Web. The Web, as a diverse network, demands a research community to reflect the diversity of cultural, legal, political, commercial and technical structures which affect, and in turn are affected by, the Web.


Why is Web Science important?

Listen to WST Trustee Danny Weitzner put the importance of Web Science into context.

Brave Conversations

Future Worlds Challenge: November 2-21 & Nov 27-28

Register for the the next Brave conversations event live or online and become part of the Conversation.

Summer School

TBA, 2022

Stay tuned for the next in the series of Web Science summer schools created by our wider WSTNet community to engage students from international research labs


WebSci Conference

June 26-29th, 2022 Barcelona

The ACM Web Science conference (WebSci’22) will be hosted in Barcelona. Check back for links to the conference site.


Web Science News / Blog

News and Blog posts

Jan 28, 2022

Call for Workshops – WebSci’22

CALL FOR WORKSHOPS AND TUTORIALS---------------------------------- The 14th ACM Web Science Conference (WebSci'22) is soliciting proposals for workshops and tutorials that address the way Web Science research can illuminate key contemporary issues and global...

Jan 21, 2022

WebSci’22 Call for Papers

The Old vs. the New Normal -----------------------------------------------14th ACM Web Science Conference 2022 (WebSci'22)26-29 June, 2022Hybrid conference: Barcelona, Spain, and online (co-located with Hypertext 2022)Deadline for paper submissions: Feb 10,...

Jan 19, 2022

WebSci21 – Video Vault No 4 – COVID-19 and Society

Abstract As the pandemic keeps influencing our everyday lives, researchers assemble valuable datasets that can help to better understand the impact COVID-19 has on society. This includes both data from the Web or other digital platforms, as well as data about Web...

Jan 7, 2022

UTW Episode 32: Safiya Noble

Our guest for this episode is Siva Vaidhyanathan, a media studies professor at the University of Virginia. Siva is a regular columnist for The Guardian as well as the author of Anti-Social Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy (Oxford, 2018)...

Jan 5, 2022

WebSci21 – Video Vault No 3 – Future of the Internet

  In a conversation between Wendy Hall and Baroness Martha Lane Fox the pair discuss baroness Lane Fox's contributions to public policy and the technological debate. They also explore the legislation processes and work going on within select committees and the...

Dec 24, 2021

UTW Episode 31: Vint Cerf

Our guest for this episode is Vint Cerf, who is considered to be one of the fathers of the internet. Vint is the co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and currently serves as Google’s vice president and Chief Internet Evangelist – we’ll talk in this episode about how...

Dec 15, 2021

Inrupt raises $30m in Series A funding

Inrupt, the startup founded by Web creator Tim Berners-Lee and technologist John Bruce has raised about $30 million in its Series A financing round reported TechCrunch The company has grown from research on its SOLiD platform which is attempting to “reshape the...

Dec 15, 2021

Web Science & Living with AI: The Reith Lectures

The 2021 BBC Reith Lectures, the 73rd in the series, are the first to deal directly with artificial intelligence as their main topic: Living With Artificial Intelligence. The lecturer, Stuart Russell of the University of California Berkeley, focuses on the benefits...

Dec 15, 2021

Launching Future World Challenge

I was thrilled to be able to participate in the Future Worlds Challenge. On the very first day, I was nervous and excited because I did not know what to expect, but the cheerful and helpful Teachers put me at ease immediately and I was able to follow the class...

Dec 10, 2021

UTW Episode 30: David Lazer

Our guest for this episode is David Lazer, a Professor of Political Science and Computer and Information Science at Northeastern University. David is among the leading scholars in the world on misinformation, and he has also researched how we can use the web as a...