Web Science TrustUntangling the Web of Humans and Technology
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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.
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.
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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.
WebSci Courses & Summer Schools
WebSci courses and WSTNet Summer School
Join Anni Rowland-Campbell and her team ...
Untangling the Web
Join Noshir Contractor for a new series ..
Web Science Policy & Advice
Advising leaders in Government & Business
ACM Web Science Conference
Next conference to be held in Barcelona and Online
Date 27th-30th June 2022
12 years, thousands of researchers
Web Science Blog
Publications & Research
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.
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.
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
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
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...
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...
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...
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...
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)...