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Making the Web Human-Centric? New Directions in the Web and AI

12th International ACM Web Science Conference
7-10 July 2020, University of Southampton, UK

Submission Deadline: May 3, 2020

One of the WebSci’20 events on Tuesday 7th July 2020 will be the Interdisciplinary PhD Symposium, offering PhD and research master students the opportunity to present and discuss their research plans and ongoing research for an interdisciplinary audience. We aim for a lively and engaged discussion maximising early-stage ideas exchange and interdisciplinary discussion on emerging or novel ideas/research.

To achieve this we are seeking 1-2 page PhD research descriptions that will be reviewed by the PhD Symposium chairs. Accepted submissions will be presented in (about) 20 minute slots during the online PhD Symposium on Tuesday 7th July. In addition, selected students may be invited to present their work as a poster during the online plenary poster reception of the main conference.

The Web Science conference welcomes participation from all disciplines including, but not limited to, art, computer and information sciences, communication, economics, humanities, informatics, law, linguistics, philosophy, political science, psychology, and sociology, in pursuit of an understanding of the Web. This conference is unique in bringing these disciplines together in creative and critical dialogue. We particularly welcome contributions that seek to cross traditional disciplinary boundaries.

Possible topics
Possible topics for submissions include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Theoretical, methodological and ethical approaches for Web Science

• Web practices – individual and/or collective and/or institutional Humanities on the Web

• The architecture and philosophy of the Web

• Web Science approaches to Data Science and the Web of Data

• Web Science and the Internet of Things

• Social machines, collective intelligence and collaborative production

• Social Media analytics for Web Science

• Web economics, social entrepreneurship and innovation

• Web Science and Cybersecurity

• Governance, democracy, intellectual property, and the commons

• Personal data, trust, and privacy

• Web access, literacy, and development

• Knowledge, education, and scholarship on and through the Web

• Health and well-being online

• Arts and culture on the Web

• Data curation and stewardship in Web Science

• Web archiving techniques and scholarly uses of Web archives

Submissions should be up to 2 pages, ACM double column format. Accepted submissions will be made available in a separate open access WebSci’20 Events Proceedings that will accompany the main conference proceedings.

You can submit your contribution by email to

Conference Website

Given the situation in relation to Coronavirus (COVID-19) the PhD Symposium will take place online.  Further updates will follow once we have the infrastructure plans in place.

We hope you and your families are keeping safe and well.

Best wishes

Mark Weal & Hemant Purohit (PhD Symposium Chairs)