Web Science Trust

Untangling the Web of Humans and Technology

Annual Conference: ACM WebSci'22

Thanks to everyone who made WebSci’21 such a great event – Looking forward to seeing you at next year’s conference 27-30th June in Barcelona.





Untangling the Web

Interviews: hosted by Noshir Contractor

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What is Web Science?

Web Science is the study of the most complex piece of technology ever created. The Web comprises billions of technical and human components operating globally, with each piece subtly influencing the others. Multiple expert perspectives across scientific disciplines are required to build an understanding of how the Web changes society just as much as society changes the Web. 

Get Involved

WST works with universities. think tanks, research groups, governments, businesses and private individuals to better understand the nature and impact the Web will continue to have on society.

Click below to learn more about the research,  courses, events, training, conferences and outreach we offer, support and promote.






About Us

The Web Science Trust is a UK charity hosted by the University of Southampton which brings together world class thinkers and research in Web Science. We are a not-for-profit group representing 20 of the leading universities and research groups and headed by international thought leaders in Web Science and Socio-technical systems.

WSTNet Laboratories

Our global network of research labs

WST Newsletter

A round-up of News and Events

WebSci Courses & Summer Schools

Find WebSci and related courses

WebSci courses and WSTNet Summer School

Brave Conversations

Our international public outreach series

Join Anni Rowland-Campbell and her team ...

Untangling the Web

A podcast from the Web Science Trust.

Join Noshir Contractor for a new series ..

Web Science Policy & Advice

Our Trustee led think-tank

Advising leaders in Government & Business

ACM Web Science Conference

Our international academic conference.
Next conference to be held in Barcelona and Online
Date 27th-30th June 2022

12 years, thousands of researchers

Web Science Blog

Commentary, thoughts and rants ...

Publications & Research

Leading books, papers and talks on Web Science

Our Mission & Vision

Our vision and mission for the Trust is to help grow an understanding of the Web through interdisciplinary scientific methods.

We need to understand the Web, because it is evolving alongside society. Social and technical innovation drive each other. There is no longer a distinction between online and offline; the Web involves virtually all of us to some degree. If it is to benefit humankind, we need to understand the Web, engineer it sensitively and sustainably, anticipate its effects, and also anticipate the consequences of social change upon it. Web Science must therefore involve both engineering the technology, and analysing its impact.

Evolving technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things, new practices, such as social machines and telemedicine, and new contexts, such as the pandemic lockdowns, will only accelerate social and technical change via, and as a direct result of, the Web.

Web Science must therefore include, at a minimum, mathematics, network science, sociology, law, ethics, psychology, computer science, media studies, linguistics, geography, and so on. Virtually all disciplines have something to say about the Web. The Web, as a diverse network, demands a research community to reflect the diversity of cultural, legal, political, commercial and technical structures which affect, and in turn are affected by, the Web.


Why is Web Science important?

Listen to WST Trustee Danny Weitzner put the importance of Web Science into context.

Brave Conversations

Future Worlds Challenge: November 2-21 & Nov 27-28

Register for the the next Brave conversations event live or online and become part of the Conversation.

Summer School

TBA, 2022

Stay tuned for the next in the series of Web Science summer schools created by our wider WSTNet community to engage students from international research labs


WebSci Conference

June 27-30th, 2022 Barcelona

The ACM Web Science conference (WebSci’22) will be hosted in Barcelona. Check back for links to the conference site.


Web Science News / Blog

News and Blog posts

Dec 3, 2021

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...

Dec 3, 2021

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...

Dec 2, 2021

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...

Dec 1, 2021

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...

Nov 26, 2021

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)...