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
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.
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 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...
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...
We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the 2022 International Conference on Social Media & Society (#SMSociety)! #SMSociety will be held virtually onJuly 18th & 19th, 2022. The conference’s two-day program will feature live panels and paper...
A change in the FB technology leadership team follows hot on the heels of a series of reports last week by WSJ that discussed how Facebook "either ignores or fails to properly address numerous problems affecting users across its services". Included in the articles...
Well-known computer computing pioneer Sir Clive Sinclair has died at home in the UK, aged 81, following a long battle with cancer. His achievements spanned the latter quarter of the 20th Century with ground-breaking inventions such as an affordbale...