Web Science TrustUntangling the Web of Humans and Technology
Thanks to everyone who made WebSci’23 in Austin, Texas such a success – We are already looking forward to seeing you at WebSci’24: May 21 – 24, 2024 in Stuttgart, Germany.
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.
Click below to learn more about the research, courses, events, training, conferences and outreach we offer, support and promote.
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 Stuttgart, Germany May 21 – 24, 2024
14 years, thousands of researchers
The Video Vault
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.
Brave Conversations near you?
Brave Conversations have recently been to Barcelona, Sharjah and Texas.
The next event is in Brussels on Friday 12th May so Register for the next Brave Conversation 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
Web Science News / Blog
News and Blog posts
Before OpenAI CEO Sam Altman was ousted, researchers at OpenAI reportedly sent a letter to the board warning of a significant AI breakthrough with "potential risks to humanity". The letter and a new AI algorithm, referred to as Q* (Q-star), it has been claimed, may...
Law enforcement and intelligence agencies from 18 countries, including the EU, the US, and others, have signed an international agreement on AI safety to ensure new AI technologies are "secure by design." This follows the EU's AI Act, which bans certain AI...
ACM WebSci’24: Call for SubmissionsConference Dates: May 21-24, 2024websci24.org/ Hosted by the Interchange Forum for Reflecting on Intelligent Systems (IRIS) | Organized by the University of Stuttgart | Partners ACM • Cyber Valley • Web Science Trust • SigWeb...
Apollo research recently presented some disturbing findings at the UK AI safety summit. Their goal had been to co-erce (rather than instruct) an AI (in this case ChatGPT) to engage in some deceitful / illegal activity on the premise of this being helpful to humans...
European lawmakers have reached an agreement on measures to safeguard elections and prevent policy fragmentation within the EU. The rules aim to protect EU elections from foreign interference, banning political ads targeting specific ethnic and religious groups and...
ChatGPT developer Open AI have introduced a slew of new features to their platform including faster (and cheaper!) versions of ChatGPT and DALL-E as well as a platform for building DIY AI Assistants and DIY versions of LLM apps known as GPT's. Open AI is clearly...
The UK government is encouraging police to expand their use of retrospective facial recognition (RFR) software to identify offenders. The policing minister has recommended over 200,000 image searches against the Police National Database within six months. This...
Elon Musk's xAI (nee Twitter) have just released a beta product named Grok (named from Sci-Fi author Robert Heinlein's cyber-slang) meaning "to understand" Grok is based on large language models (LLM's) like ChatGPT and has been trained on millions of articles...
Source: The following is reproduced in full from the UK Gov Website: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/ai-safety-summit-2023-the-bletchley-declaration/the-bletchley-declaration-by-countries-attending-the-ai-safety-summit-1-2-november-2023 Nov 6th 2023...
Call for Papers ACM WebSci’24 ● 16th ACM Web Science Conference May 21 – May 24, 2024 ● Stuttgart, Germany Reflecting on the Web, AI, and Society https://websci24.webscience.org/ Important Dates Thu, November 30, 2023: Paper submission deadline Wed, January 31,...