SG of the UN stark warning on AI

Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres has posted a warning regarding "a dystopian AI future"  and points to the upcoming UN conference: Summit of the Future. 

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New EU AI Act

The EU's AI Act will come into force shortly following its recent approval ... Summary of Legislative Process and Analyses of the AI Act: Legislative Process: The AI Act, approved by the Council of the EU on May 21, is the world's first legislation of its kind. It...

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Announcement for WebSci’25

During the closing ceremony of the 16th ACM WebSci conference we learned where/when the 17th conference will be held next year. One of our newer WSTNet Labs, Rutgers University, will be our hosts next year in New Brunswick, New Jersey in the USA. The conference will...

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Book: Seven Veils of Privacy

Here, Kieron O'Hara details a framework of seven levels to help separate the effects and affects of privacy from the facts. In looking at when a privacy boundary is crossed or not, this framework helps citizens think about when that's problematic, and why this differs...

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WSTNet Interview: Dhiraj Murthy

Q. Dhiraj - thanks for taking the time to speak to us today. Even though your Lab is our newest WSTNet member, you've been analysing media for long time. Can you talk to us about your journey into social media and Web Science? A. Of Course. My interest started doing...

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Interest in hosting WebSci’26

The Steering Committee of ACM WebSci is seeking statements of interest from organizations or consortia interested in hosting the 18th ACM Web Science Conference (WebSci 2026). The conference series usually moves between the continents.  We will accept bids from all...

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WSTNet PhD Interview: Sungwon Jung

Q. Thanks for joining me Sungwon - could you tell us a little about yourself? A. I'm a doctoral student in Journalism & Media at Uni Texas at Austin with the media focus more on social media. I'm really interested in what social media can tell us about group...

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Research shows AI watermarks easily removed

Researchers at ETH Zurich have discovered that watermarks used to identify AI-generated text can be easily removed and copied, making them ineffective. These attacks undermine the credibility of watermarks and could therefore deceive people into trusting misleading...

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WWW → XXX

After a secretive project hatched by Elon Musk to ensure the future funding of the World Wide Web and "to protect it from the influence of big corporates" it was announced that a group of big corporates known as "The April Consortium" including Tesla, IBM, Google,...

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New EU report on Generative AI

Europe's journey toward establishing regulation and asserting leadership in the realm of Generative AI took center stage at a recent event titled after the report: "Generative AI: Europe's Quest for Regulation and Industry Leadership." Hosted at EIT House in...

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New paper on LLMs vs SLM for fake news detection

In a recent ArXiv paper Beizhe Hu et al compare the performance of Large Language Models (LLM's) with other more focussed approaches to detect fake news Summary Detecting fake news requires both a delicate sense of diverse clues and a profound understanding of the...

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Google to stop caching webpages

Google is discontinuing its practice of storing a backup of the entire Internet, known as "cached" links in Google Search. This feature allowed users to access websites that were down or had changed. Google's decision to remove this feature is due to improvements in...

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NYT sues OpenAI for copyright infringement

The New York Times is suing OpenAI and Microsoft, alleging that they've used an enormous number of NYT articles (into the millions) without permission (citation or payment) to train their AI systems, which unfairly disadvantages the newspaper and infringes their...

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