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.

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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
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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

Oct 25, 2021

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...

Oct 15, 2021

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...

Oct 1, 2021

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...

Oct 1, 2021

Russian Government spat with YouTube over misinformation

The Russian government has threatened to block YouTube and take "other retaliatory measures" unless it reinstates two German-language channels of the state broadcaster RT which have fallen foul of YouTube's expanded misinformation policies around vaccines On...

Sep 27, 2021

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...