Introducing WSTNet

Introducing WSTNet – the Web Science Trust  Network 

The Network of Web Science Labs (WSTNet) represents one of the most important results of the Trust’s vision/mission of creating a new science of the Web.

Dozens of labs operate internationally in both the University and Commercial space to generate world-class research and insights into the impact the Web has on modern society. 


Global Perspective

We cannot rely on a single view/perspective on the Web for an accurate picture of the cultural and socio-political tensions/forces which shape its development. With this in mind, WST has rallied Labs throughout Europe, Asia and the US to bring their voice and unique perspective to a vital discussion about the past/present/future states of the Web.


Our Labs bring social, political and technical perspectives from their own regions to enrich our understanding of Networks which operate at global scale.


Our Labs call on researchers across a broad spectrum of disciplines including Computing/AI, Law, Ethics, Sociology, Maths, Health, Government and beyond. This is a MINIMUM requirement for Web Science and the reason that research in this area is so challenging and so rewarding.

WSTNet Leadership

Emilio Ferrara

Chair WSTNet

Tat-Seng Chua

Vice-Chair WSTNet

World-Class Research

Web Science has been carefully developed and structured over the last decade into a unique discipline and has been recognised as worthy of its own conference and research journal spaces.

ACM Conference

Now in its 13th year – the ACM Web Science conference (WebSci) attracts both dedicated Web Science researchers as well as welcoming interdisciplinary perspectives on socio-technical systems, Ethics/Philosophy, social machines and complex network interactions at global scale.

Research Journals

Web Science now offers its own dedicated journal for Web Science researchers in addition to the broad interdisciplinary appeal of Web Science research in other areas.

Featured Interviews

Here are some selected quotes on the Web Science perspective by some of our Lab Directors and researchers.

“There are many India-specific challenges that need to be addressed by Web Science…the mission of RBC-DSAI includes enabling and studying the societal impact of AI and Data Science. The Web is the vehicle through which much of AI reaches society at large. It is imperative for us to be involved in Web Science research and enablement.”

Prof. B. Ravindran

Lab Director, RBC-DSAI

“The extension of the traditionally computer science focused Web research to the much broader notion of Web Science has established the Web as a topic of broad research across all disciplines. In Fraunhofer FOKUS we do a lot of research and projects that fall under this umbrella, for example the Weizenbaum Institute and the European Data Portal. We have understood that only a broad and multi-faceted understanding of the Web brings its benefits to fruition for society.”
Prof. Manfred Hauswirth

Lab Director, Fraunhofer

“These [Web] observatories enable us to mine weak signals and to perform causal reasoning to infer users insights from the data streams, with applications in FinTech, food security, and infectious disease detection.”
Prof. Tat-Seng Chua

WSTNet Vice-Chair, NUS Singapore

Latest News

See the latest news from the WSTNet labs and Lab Directors.

Noshir Contractor on becoming ICA President

Contractor is the Jane S. & William J. White Professor of Behavioral Sciences in the McCormick School of Engineering, the Northwestern School of Communication, and the Kellogg School of Management, and director of the Science of Networks in Communities (SONIC)...

Noshir Contractor elected president of ICA

WST Trustee and Web Science researcher Prof Noshir  Contractor has been elected as next president of the prestigious ICA ( International  Communications Association)  Click here to see the details of the election. About Noshir Noshir S. Contractor is a...

Wendy Hall features in BBC’s Inside Science

In an era of cyber-crime, misinformation, disinformation, state-sponsored attacks on rival countries’ infrastructure, government-imposed internet shutdowns in places like Eritrea and Kashmir, the World Wide Web is an increasingly dark and troubled place. Making sense...

BBC Digital Planet Podcast

In a special edition podcast from the BBC's Digital Planet, four key speakers from the 12th ACM Web Science Conference spoke with programme presenter Gareth Mitchell about Web Science and why it matters. Featuring Professor Dame Wendy Hall, Vint Cerf, Carly Kind and...

WSTNet Lab Profile: RPI

RPI (the Renssellaer Polytechnic Institute) is based in Troy, New York state comprising 30 research centres and over 750 PhD students. These research teams are engaged in projects worth over $100 million.    RPI’s Center for Computational Innovations (CCI) is home to...

New Book by Phil Howard OII WSTNet Lab Director

Lie Machines: How to Save Democracy from Troll Armies, Deceitful Robots, Junk News Operations, and Political Operatives Philip N. Howard is director of the Oxford Internet Institute and the author of nine books, including Pax Technica: How the Internet of Things May...

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