UTW Episode 18: Matt Weber

Web Archiving

In this episode (22 minutes long), we talk with Matt Weber, a faculty member in the Department of Communication at the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University. With more than a decade of experience researching information ecosystems, organizations and communities, Matt focuses on the use of large scale web data to study processes of change. In addition, Matt has been an active member of the web science community. He’s the program co-chair for the ACM 2021 Web Science Conference, and delivered a keynote at this year’s conference. 

In this episode, Matt explains the process of web archiving, along with some of the questions it enables us to explore. He touches on how his own research, some of which centers on news media production, fits into all this. And he discusses some of the challenges and issues that surround web archiving, as well as pathways to solutions. To hear these insights and more, listen to this episode.


ACM WebSci’21 News Bulletin No 3

 The 2021 ACM Web Science Conference: Globalisation, Inclusion and the Web in the Context of COVID is now less than 2 weeks away!

Throughout the week you can hear from exciting Keynote Speakers including:

  • Deen Freelon – Associate Professor at UNC Chapel Hill
  • Baroness Martha Lane Fox – Entrepreneur and internet activist
  • Matthew Weber – Associate Professor at Rutgers University
  • Daniel J Weitzner – Director of the MIT Internet Policy Research Initiative
  • Jennifer Zhu Scott – Forbes World’s Top 50 Women in Tech in 2018


We have a number of Spotlight Panels. Discussion topics include:

  • The Coded Gaze: algorithmic bias, facial recognition and beyond – How research can change the law and influence people
  • COVID-19 and Society
  • The Future of the Web in a Post-COVID World
  • AI, Media and the Future of News on the Web
  • Directions in Digital Government
  • Does Decentralisation Help the Disenfranchised?
  • The Future of the Web and Society

The full programme also includes workshops, paper sessions, tutorials and the PhD symposium.

Registration is open and the cost for the full week of events is just £50. 

 Keep an eye on our tweets via the #WebSci21 hashtag, and check out our website for further updates. We look forward to welcoming you to the second wholly online Web Science conference!

 Best wishes

 WebSci’21 Conference Committee

UTW Episode 17: Emilio Ferrara

Next Generation Web Science

For this episode, (23 min) we talk with Emilio Ferrara, an Associate Professor at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He’s also a Research Team Leader for AI at USC’s Information Sciences Institute and the Director of the Annenberg Networks Network (ANN). Earlier this year, Emilio became the Chair of the Web Science Trust Network of Laboratories (WSTNet).

In this episode, Emilio discusses his vision for the next generation of Web Science, especially in light of his newly appointed chair position. And he also talks about some of his research into how bots can manipulate conversations around vaccines and public health. Much before COVID-19, he was involved in a DARPA challenge surrounding bots engaged in vaccination debate. Then, in January 2020, right as the pandemic was coming on the horizon, Emilio’s lab jumped on collecting data about bots spreading COVID-19 conspiracies. For insights into this and more, listen to this episode.


UTW Episode 16: Aleks Krotoski

Exploring Identity on the Web

Our guest for this episode (23 min.) is Dr. Aleks Krotoski, an award-winning international broadcaster, author and academic. She studies and writes about technology and interactivity. Her book, “Untangling the Web: What the Internet is Doing to You,” based on her hit columns in the Guardian and Observer, was published in 2012. Since then, she’s continued to break ground in academia and journalism, and she’s currently a Visiting Fellow in the Media and Communications Department at the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Research Associate at the Oxford Internet Institute.

During this episode, Aleks talks about how our online lives have become entangled with our offline ones. Her research has found that we bring our existing ideas about society to the virtual worlds we build. But unlike in the past, there’s less space to play around with our identities online. And, there’s more consequences — for many people, the things they did 10 or 15 years ago still pop up when you search their name. What does that mean for our own growth, and how is the Web evolving, too? To hear all this and more, listen to this episode.


Brave Conversation Global 2021

Brave Conversations Global 2021

Once again the 2021 ACM Web Science Conference Week will include Brave Conversations. The event runs from 9:00 BST to 13:00 BST on Monday 21st June.

Last year’s event was in the midst of the global move online forced by Covid 19; since then we have held numerous events around the world thanks to the wonders of the Internet and World Wide Web.

So how has this changed the way we (as humanity) are living online?  What has become normalised and what is still strange?  What changes has this wrought for how we live, work and play?

This 2021 event will reflect on this whilst also exploring the new world that is emerging as we have governments empowered by data, a move to online work and learning and a growing tension between ’safety’ and ‘privacy’.

The objective of Brave Conversations is to bring Web Science to mainstream discussions that take place in everyday life. The conversations rely on what people bring and we hope to bring a broad audience from around the world to question, challenge and converse.

Please join us.  Registration is free and places are limited.  Please note that Brave Conversations Global is not included in the main conference registration fee.

Full details of this event and the whole Web Science Conference programme can be found on our website.