ICO Fines Cabinet Office for data security breach

The UK Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has issued the Cabinet Office with a £500,000 fine over a data breach that disclosed the personal details of more than 1,000 people listed for 2020's New Year Honours. The ICO said its investigation into the breach...

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Insurers cut cover amid growth of Ransomware incidents

Computing reports Insurance firms are worried about profits as ransomware gangs become more sophisticated. Whilst previousy insurance companies  typically cooperated with  customers (and with Cybercriminls) to cover losses, cyber attacks have risen in number...

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New Book: Perspectives on Digital Humanism

This new book collects a series of pieces by leading authors in the field of Digital Humanism including our own WST Trustee George Metakeides as well as WSTNet Lab Directors Hans Akkermans and Mannfred Hauswirth. The book:  Aims to set an agenda for research and...

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Potential £17m Fine for Facial Recognition Firm

The BBC reports that ClearView, an Australian firm selling access to a database of more than 10 billion facial images, is facing a potential £17m fine in thge UK over its handling of UK personal data. The Information Commissioner's Office said "it had significant...

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UTW Episode 29: Siva Vaidhyanathan

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) and...

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Insurers cut cover amid growth of Ransomware incidents

Computing reports Insurance firms are worried about profits as ransomware gangs become more sophisticated. Whilst previousy insurance companies  typically cooperated with  customers (and with Cybercriminls) to cover losses, cyber attacks have risen in number and...

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UTW Episode 28: Sonia Livingstone

Our guest for this episode is Sonia Livingstone, a professor of social psychology at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Sonia’s research focuses on children and young people’s media literacy and rights in the digital environment. She recently...

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WebSci’22 Call for Papers

The Old vs. the New Normal Web-based technologies have proven to be playing a vital role in enabling us to cope with the global pandemic. Having experienced two years of “crisis,” many new norms have been forming, both socially and technologically. While some people...

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Future Worlds Challenge Event

We created the first Brave Conversations in 2017 but it had a long genesis and followed on from a series of events which we called Meta held between 2008 – 2011.  (Funny as I think of how Facebook has now rebranded itself to exactly the same name but for entirely...

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SquidGame Cryptocurrency vanishes in $3m rug-pull

Engadget reports that a cryptocurrency inspired by the smash Netflix series  Squid Game convinced investors to buy in anticipation of future tie-in game so that its value climbed to over $2,800 before its creators cashed out their coins for real money and vanished,...

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UTW Episode 27: Deborah McGuinness

Our guest for this episode is Deborah McGuinness, Professor of Computer, Cognitive, and Web Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). Deborah specializes in creating ontology-enabled research infrastructure for work in interdisciplinary settings.  In this...

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WebSci’22 Call for Papers

The Old vs. the New Normal Web-based technologies have proven to be playing a vital role in enabling us to cope with the global pandemic. Having experienced two years of “crisis,” many new norms have been forming, both socially and technologically. While some people...

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Upcoming Brave Conversations in 2021

Intersticia and their partners will be running two Brave Conversations events in November around the theme of Future Worlds Challenge. Click here to finds out more and register for the event#Brave Conversations #FutureWorldChallenge @WebScience @MITAppInventor An...

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UTW Episode 26: Sandra González-Bailón

In this episode, we chat with Sandra González-Bailón, who is on the faculty at the Annenberg School for Communication. Her research lies at the intersection of network science, data mining, computational tools and political communication. She is the author of Decoding...

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UTW Episode 25: Nigel Shadbolt

In this special 25th episode of Untangling the Web, we talk with one of the founders of web science, Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt. He’s Principal of Jesus college and professorial Research Fellow in Computer Science at the University of Oxford.  As information adviser...

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Just let the AI handle it …

Having deligated its English-to-Swedish translation duties to an AI tool (Alexa perhaps ..?) Amazon announced "We are pleased to open the doors for Amazon.se and offer Swedish consumers a selection of more than 150 million products, of which tens of thousands come...

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Call for Papers #SMSociety

We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the 2022 International Conference on Social Media & Society (#SMSociety)! #SMSociety will be held virtually onJuly 18th & 19th, 2022. The conference’s two-day program will feature live panels and paper...

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Facebook CTO steps down

A change in the FB technology leadership team follows hot on the heels of  a series of reports last week by WSJ that discussed how Facebook "either ignores or fails to properly address numerous problems affecting users across its services". Included in the articles...

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Computer Pioneer Sir Clive Sinclair dies aged 81

Well-known computer computing pioneer Sir Clive Sinclair has died at home in the UK, aged 81, following a long battle with cancer. His achievements spanned the latter quarter of the 20th Century with ground-breaking inventions such as an affordbale...

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