WSTnet Lab Profile: Cardiff HateLab

Cardiff University is the home of a WSTNet lab with two related, but distinct groups: Pete Burnap's Social Data Lab (based on data visualisation and analysis using COSMOS) which makes social media analysis much more accessible for non-coding academics and also Matt...

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Early NFT investor embarrassed by no resale interest

The recent surge in NFT coverage in tyhe technology and financial press was typified by the story of an early NFT auction in which an investor paid $2.9m for an NFT linked to Twitter Founder Jack Dorsey's first ever Tweet on the platform. This, it was claimed, was an...

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Elon Musk to acquire Twitter for $44bn

Despite claiming in a recent interview that "technically" he could afford to purchase Twitter personally, Musk has chosen instead to fund the $44bn (£34.5bn) takeover with $21bn of his own money plus debt structures. The threatened poison pill response from the...

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Elon Musk Buys >9% of Twitter shares

The technology billionaire behind Tesla, Starlink,  Neuralink and the Boring Company bought 9.2 per cent of the company, worth more than £2.2 billion, according to a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Mr Musk is yet to publicly confirm or comment...

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A message from the Web Foundation

Usually at this time of year we publish a letter to mark the anniversary of the web’s invention, reflecting on its role in our world and the tech challenges and opportunities we face. But these are not normal times. Alongside the rest of the world, we have been...

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Experts warn on EU cyberlaw change

A proposed amendment to Article 45 in eIDAS would have a significant, negative impact on web users' security Leading cyber security experts, advocates and practitioners have urged EU lawmakers not to implement proposed changes for securing online transactions, which...

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Turing Data Science Education Interest Group (SIG)

We are pleased to announce that the Data Science Education Interest Group has some exciting new projects in the pipeline (including a launch event – event details and registration can be found here) and we are seeking to add to our growing membership. We are...

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UTW Episode 35: Tim Berners-Lee

In this season finale, our guest is Sir Tim Berners-Lee, a computer scientist best known as the inventor of the World Wide Web. Tim is a professorial fellow of computer science at the University of Oxford and a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology....

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Government agencies are tapping a facial recognition company to prove you’re you – here’s why that raises concerns about privacy, accuracy and fairness

   Beginning this summer, you might need to upload a selfie and a photo ID to a private company, ID.me, if you want to file your taxes online. Oscar Wong/Moment via Getty Images James Hendler, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute The U.S. Internal Revenue Service is...

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Deadline Extension WebSci’22

  Dear colleagues, to better align with the deadlines of our co-located conferences, we are extending the deadline for paper submissions for #WebSci22 to Feb 17 (23:59 anywhere on earth).Workshops and tutorials can also still be proposed until Feb 21. The 14th...

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UTW Episode 34: Brewster Kahle

Our guest for this episode is Brewster Kahle, a digital librarian who has spent his career intent on providing universal access to all knowledge. Kahle created the Internet’s first publishing system, Wide Area Information Server (WAIS) and two sites that help catalog...

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Deadline Approaching WebSci’22

  Dear colleagues   We invite you to submit your contributions to our articles for the 14th ACM Web Science Conference on 26 - 29 June 2022 (WebSci'22, Hybrid Conference: in Barcelona, Spain, and online).   The 14th International ACM Web Science Conference in...

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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...

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UTW Episode 33: Howard Rheingold

Our guest for this episode is Howard Rheingold, a critic, writer, and teacher who specializes in the cultural, social, and political implications of modern communication media. Howard wrote about the earliest personal computers at Xerox PARC, and he was also one of...

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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,...

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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) and...

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