Government agencies are tapping a facial recognition company to prove you’re you – here’s why that raises concerns about privacy, accuracy and fairness

   Beginning this summer, you might need to upload a selfie and a photo ID to a private company, ID.me, if you want to file your taxes online. Oscar Wong/Moment via Getty Images James Hendler, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute The U.S. Internal Revenue Service is...

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Deadline Extension WebSci’22

  Dear colleagues, to better align with the deadlines of our co-located conferences, we are extending the deadline for paper submissions for #WebSci22 to Feb 17 (23:59 anywhere on earth).Workshops and tutorials can also still be proposed until Feb 21. The 14th...

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UTW Episode 34: Brewster Kahle

Our guest for this episode is Brewster Kahle, a digital librarian who has spent his career intent on providing universal access to all knowledge. Kahle created the Internet’s first publishing system, Wide Area Information Server (WAIS) and two sites that help catalog...

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Deadline Approaching WebSci’22

  Dear colleagues   We invite you to submit your contributions to our articles for the 14th ACM Web Science Conference on 26 - 29 June 2022 (WebSci'22, Hybrid Conference: in Barcelona, Spain, and online).   The 14th International ACM Web Science Conference in...

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Call for Workshops – WebSci’22

CALL FOR WORKSHOPS AND TUTORIALS---------------------------------- The 14th ACM Web Science Conference (WebSci'22) is soliciting proposals for workshops and tutorials that address the way Web Science research can illuminate key contemporary issues and global...

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UTW Episode 33: Howard Rheingold

Our guest for this episode is Howard Rheingold, a critic, writer, and teacher who specializes in the cultural, social, and political implications of modern communication media. Howard wrote about the earliest personal computers at Xerox PARC, and he was also one of...

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WebSci’22 Call for Papers

The Old vs. the New Normal -----------------------------------------------14th ACM Web Science Conference 2022 (WebSci'22)26-29 June, 2022Hybrid conference: Barcelona, Spain, and online (co-located with Hypertext 2022)Deadline for paper submissions: Feb 10,...

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UTW Episode 32: Safiya Noble

Our guest for this episode is Siva Vaidhyanathan, a media studies professor at the University of Virginia. Siva is a regular columnist for The Guardian as well as the author of Anti-Social Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy (Oxford, 2018) and...

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UTW Episode 31: Vint Cerf

Our guest for this episode is Vint Cerf, who is considered to be one of the fathers of the internet. Vint is the co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and currently serves as Google’s vice president and Chief Internet Evangelist – we’ll talk in this episode about how...

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Inrupt raises $30m in Series A funding

Inrupt, the startup founded by Web creator Tim Berners-Lee and technologist John Bruce has raised about $30 million in its Series A financing round reported TechCrunch The company has grown from research on its SOLiD platform which is attempting to “reshape the...

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Web Science & Living with AI: The Reith Lectures

The 2021 BBC Reith Lectures, the 73rd in the series, are the first to deal directly with artificial intelligence as their main topic: Living With Artificial Intelligence. The lecturer, Stuart Russell of the University of California Berkeley, focuses on the benefits...

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Launching Future World Challenge

I was thrilled to be able to participate in the Future Worlds Challenge. On the very first day, I was nervous and excited because I did not know what to expect, but the cheerful and helpful Teachers put me at ease immediately and I was able to follow the class easily...

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UTW Episode 30: David Lazer

Our guest for this episode is David Lazer, a Professor of Political Science and Computer and Information Science at Northeastern University. David is among the leading scholars in the world on misinformation, and he has also researched how we can use the web as a tool...

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ICO Fines Cabinet Office for data security breach

The UK Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has issued the Cabinet Office with a £500,000 fine over a data breach that disclosed the personal details of more than 1,000 people listed for 2020's New Year Honours. The ICO said its investigation into the breach...

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Insurers cut cover amid growth of Ransomware incidents

Computing reports Insurance firms are worried about profits as ransomware gangs become more sophisticated. Whilst previousy insurance companies  typically cooperated with  customers (and with Cybercriminls) to cover losses, cyber attacks have risen in number...

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New Book: Perspectives on Digital Humanism

This new book collects a series of pieces by leading authors in the field of Digital Humanism including our own WST Trustee George Metakeides as well as WSTNet Lab Directors Hans Akkermans and Mannfred Hauswirth. The book:  Aims to set an agenda for research and...

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Potential £17m Fine for Facial Recognition Firm

The BBC reports that ClearView, an Australian firm selling access to a database of more than 10 billion facial images, is facing a potential £17m fine in thge UK over its handling of UK personal data. The Information Commissioner's Office said "it had significant...

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UTW Episode 29: Siva Vaidhyanathan

Our guest for this episode is Siva Vaidhyanathan, a media studies professor at the University of Virginia. Siva is a regular columnist for The Guardian as well as the author of Anti-Social Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy (Oxford, 2018) and...

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Insurers cut cover amid growth of Ransomware incidents

Computing reports Insurance firms are worried about profits as ransomware gangs become more sophisticated. Whilst previousy insurance companies  typically cooperated with  customers (and with Cybercriminls) to cover losses, cyber attacks have risen in number and...

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UTW Episode 28: Sonia Livingstone

Our guest for this episode is Sonia Livingstone, a professor of social psychology at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Sonia’s research focuses on children and young people’s media literacy and rights in the digital environment. She recently...

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