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WebSci’20 Spotlight Panels

 

Spotlight Panel 1: Web Science – now more than ever

 

 Rennie Fritchie (Chair), Wendy Hall, James Hendler, Nigel Shadbolt, Daniel Weitzner, Noshir Contractor, Tim Berners-Lee

 

 

 

Spotlight Panel 2: Policy and Practices
Anni Rowland-Campbell (Chair), Adrian LovettDavid BirchHarriet ReesJie Tang

 

 

Spotlight Panel 3: Research Roadmap
Steffen Staab (Chair), Noshir ContractorFabien Gandon, Bettina BerendtCarolyn Nguyen

 

  

Ted Nelson: the only one around who’s sane

Ted Nelson at the University of Southampton, 2016

Ted Nelson at the University of Southampton, 2016

To us you appear to be the only one around who is clinically sane.

So concludes Werner Herzog after speaking with Ted Nelson half way through his latest film, Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World. This may come as no surprise to those who recognise the genius of a director who famously cooked and ate his shoe on camera, and threatened to shoot one of his leading actors on set (the actor was Klaus Kinski, so there were extenuating circumstances).

As Ted asserts, the interview is brilliantly edited and, “presents a seamless train of thought selected from my sweeping complex of ideas”. For an introduction to the thinking of the pioneering inventor of Hypertext, it’s well worth viewing.

Lo and Behold is available in full on Netflix and Amazon Prime.

The Internet on Film – 2016

The year the Walker Art Center finally lowered the curtain on the Internet Cat Video Festival* also featured the release of some notable Internet-related films:

  • ForEveryone.Net  – In this short documentary by Jessica Yu, our co-founder, Sir Tim Berners-Lee tells the story of how he created the World Wide Web and discusses current threats to the Internet.
  • Zero Days  – A documentary about the repercussions of Stuxnet, the malicious computer worm released by U.S. intelligence agencies, which spread beyond its intended target.
  • Internet Famous An allegedly hilarious mocumentary about vlogging (currently available on Netflix).
  • Snowden – Film director, Oliver Stone’s latest paranoid trip, dramatising Edward Snowden’s leaking of thousands of U.S. classified documents. Currently on theatrical release in the UK and elsewhere.

* feline film fans needn’t worry as other organisers have swiftly moved in to fill the vacuum.

Web Science: The Age of the Social Machine

Anni Rowland-Campbell speaking at the University of Southampton/Digichamps ©2016

Anni Rowland-Campbell speaking at the University of Southampton/Digichamps ©2016/cc by-nc

At the Web Science Institute seminar held earlier this week WST board advisor, Anni Rowland-Campbell spoke on the socio-technical changes that are happening in the world as a result of the Social Machine, which began with the World Wide Web. The talk focused on Tim Berners-Lee proposal of the Web where the “people do the creative work and the machine does the administration”1. Setting out to challenge this, Rowland-Campbell argued that the balance between “man” and “machine” is changing, and the idea of humanity is changing as a result. In her talk she provides a number of suggestions on how this symbiotic relationship between man and machine may play out. 

1 Berners-Lee, T and Fischetti, M, Weaving the Web: The original design and ultimate destiny of the World Wide Web, Harper Collins, New York, 1999.