Fractured Internet: A Wired Article by Hall & O’Hara

WST CEO Prof. Dame Wendy Hall (Southampton University) and long-time collaborator Dr. Kieron O’Hara (Southampton University) have published an article in about threats to the vision of a global internet.

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Kieron O’Hara is an associate professor in electronics and computer science at the University of Southampton. Wendy Hall is regius professor of computer science at the University of Southampton

Wired Article by Hendler(s)

A new article about AI gender stereotypes by Sharone Horowit-Hendler (SUNY Albany) and their father WST trustee Jim Hendler (RPI) has been published in Wired magazine.

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Sharone Horowit-Hendler is a PhD student in linguistic anthropology at SUNY Albany with an emphasis on gender studies.  Their forthcoming dissertation, Navigating the Binary, is a study of gender presentation in the nonbinary community.

James Hendler is a professor of computer science, director of the Institute for Data Exploration and Application at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. His most recent book, Social Machines: The Coming Collision of Artificial Intelligence, Social Networks and Humanity(Apress, 2017), discusses emerging implications of AI technology.

Phil Howard – Tomorrow’s Leviathan

Phil Howard is the new WSTnet Lab Director for Oxford’s OII (Oxford Internet Institute) and recently gave a distinguished lecture at Southampton’s Web Science Institute (WSI).

Tomorrow’s Leviathan:  Intelligent Machines in a Political World

When will an Artificial Intelligence run for elected office? This may seem like a strange provocation– just an invitation to futurism and speculation. Yet AI systems are rolling out across economic, cultural and political life. Professor Philip Howard explores how AI is changing our experience of politics and rewriting democracy’s “terms of service”.

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Philip Howard is the Director of the Oxford Internet Institute and a Statutory Professor at Balliol College, Oxford. His research has demonstrated how new information technologies are used in both civic engagement and social control in countries around the world. His research and opinion writing has been featured in the New York Times, Financial Times, and many other international media outlets. Recently, he was awarded the National Democratic Institute’s 2018 “Democracy Prize” and Foreign Policy magazine named him a “Global Thinker” for pioneering the social science of fake news.

Web Science: where to publish

As an interdisciplinary topic it may not always be obvious where to find or where to submit web science research and interdisciplinary perspectives. Whilst the list is not exhaustive it may spark some ideas.

Big Data and Society,
Ethics and Information Technology,
IEEE Internet Computing,
Journal of Web Semantics,
World Wide Web,
International Journal of Web Information Systems,
Computer Law and Security Review,
International Journal of Law and Information Technology,
Philosophy and Technology,
Technology in Society,
Journal of Internet Commerce,
Journal of Medical Internet Research,
International Journal of Internet Science,
New Media and Society,
Social Media + Society,
Journal of Social Media in Society,
Social Networks,
Online Social Networks and Media,
Computational Social Networks,



Online Web Science Journal

The Journal of Web Science

Web Science embraces the study of the Web as a vast information network of people and communities. It also includes the study of people and communities by using the digital records of user activity mediated by the Web. An understanding of human behavior and social interaction can contribute to our understanding of the Web, and data obtained from the Web can contribute to our understanding of human behavior and social interaction. Accordingly, Web Science involves analysis and design of Web architecture and applications, as well as studies of the people, organizations, and policies that shape and are shaped by the Web.

To address these diverse goals, The Journal of Web Science is inherently interdisciplinary, integrating computer and information sciences, communication, linguistics, sociology, psychology, economics, law, political science, and other disciplines.

The Journal of Web Science is unique in the manner in which it brings these disciplines together in creative and critical dialogue. We therefore invite research papers describing original research from all the above disciplines, as well as those that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries.

In order to best serve the community, The Journal of Web Science will provide immediate open access to its content. Accepted papers will be published online immediately upon acceptance. The copyright of the published articles stays with the authors. It is free for authors as well as for readers. Final Versions are published at the Now Publishers Journal Homepage.