WebSci’23 Call for Papers

About the Web Science Conference Web Science is an interdisciplinary field dedicated to understanding the complex and multiple impacts of the Web on society and vice versa. The discipline is well situated to address pressing issues of our time by incorporating various...

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Rutgers: Welcome to WSTNet

Please join me in welcoming Matt Weber as the new WSTNet Lab Director part of the NetSci group in the School of Information and Communication at Rutgers. We'll be interviewing Matt in the upcoming weeks to talk about his group, his research interests and how how he...

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WebSci’23: Call for Papers

Call for Papers About the Web Science Conference Web Science is an interdisciplinary field dedicated to understanding the complex and multiple impacts of the Web on society and vice versa. The discipline is well situated to address pressing issues of our time by...

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Resilent Government: a new paper

Data has tremendous potential to build resilience in government. To realize this potential, we need a new, human-centred, distinctly public sector approach to data science and AI, in which these technologies do not just automate or turbocharge what humans can already...

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Instagram receive GDPR fine from Irish data watchdog

Instagram have been accused of failing to safeguard the data of underage users by the Irish  data watchdog (DPC). Meta, Instagram's parent company, have said they plan to appeal the fine which has been set at $400m and is centered around allowing minors (13-17) to set...

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Welcome to WSTNet : University of Stuttgart

In this interview we welcome a new lab team and an old friend of Web Science  Ian: Steffen, thanks for joining us - it seems a little unusual to welcome you as a new Lab Director when you ran one of our other Labs at Koblenz for many years but your team are new so a...

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R.I.P. Internet Explorer

From Today Microsoft will no longer offer support for Internet Explorer (IE) which racked up 11 versions from its debut 22 years ago in 2015. Microsoft had already flagged that it was retiring Internet Explorer for some time but given Microsoft users famous reticence...

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Brave Conversations @ WebSci’22

Our next Brave Conversations event is coming up in a month’s time as a part of the 2022 Web Science Conference in Barcelona. The event will be held both in Barcelona (if you are keen to come along or live in Barcelona) or online via Zoom starting at 3 pm Central...

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Clearview fined £7.5m by Data Protection Watchdog

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has issued an enforcement notice ordering Clearview AI to cease collecting and using the personal data of UK residents, and to delete any such data that it may have stored on its systems on the grounds that 'People were not...

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Jim Hendler on the History of the Semantic Web

WST Trustees Jim Hendler speaks abou the history of the Semantic Web on this recent Podcast. In this episode of The Index, host Alex Kehaya joins James Hendler, one of the originators of the semantic web and the Director of the Institute for Data Exploration and...

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WSTNet Lab Profile: Cardiff HateLab

Cardiff University is the home of a WSTNet lab with two related, but distinct groups: Pete Burnap's Social Data Lab (based on data visualisation and analysis using COSMOS) which makes social media analysis much more accessible for non-coding academics and also Matt...

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Early NFT investor embarrassed by no resale interest

The recent surge in NFT coverage in tyhe technology and financial press was typified by the story of an early NFT auction in which an investor paid $2.9m for an NFT linked to Twitter Founder Jack Dorsey's first ever Tweet on the platform. This, it was claimed, was an...

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Elon Musk to acquire Twitter for $44bn

Despite claiming in a recent interview that "technically" he could afford to purchase Twitter personally, Musk has chosen instead to fund the $44bn (£34.5bn) takeover with $21bn of his own money plus debt structures. The threatened poison pill response from the...

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