New ACM Fellows include three Web Science colleagues

We are delighjted to annouce that the recently announced list of 68 2023 ACM fellows includes not one but three of our Web Science colleagues. In alphabetical order: Prof. Sir Tim Berners-Lee - co-founder, WST patron and former trustee on the Web Science Trust board...

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New UK tax rules on on-line transactions

To combat tax evasion and increase revenue, the UK's HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has introduced new tax rules starting January 1, 2024, aimed at small sellers on platforms like Etsy, Depop, Airbnb, and Vinted. These rules require platforms to record and report...

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New AI tool improves bug detection rates

A team of computer researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has introduced an advanced method named Baldur to significantly reduce software bugs and improve code verification. Combining large language models (LLMs) like ChatGPT with the Thor tool, Baldur...

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New paper on AI public policy

The Web Science Institute at the University of Southampton are pleased to share with you their latest Position Paper authored by Ben Hawes and Prof Dame Wendy Hall Abstract The UK’s international Artificial Intelligence Safety Summit has answered some questions and...

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IBM & Meta form new AI alliance

IBM and Meta have launched the AI Alliance, a global community of technology developers, researchers, and adopters collaborating to advance open, safe, and responsible AI. The alliance includes over 50 founding members and collaborators, including: AMD, CERN, Cornell...

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Legal challenge over £330m NHS Palantir Deal

Campaigners are taking legal action to stop a data-sharing deal between the NHS and Palantir, a US tech company, due to worries about patient privacy. Palantir secured a £330 million contract to create a Federated Data Platform (FDP) for the NHS, aiming to improve...

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Ransomware gang makes an official complaint to SEC

In a mildly comedic response, a ransomware gang decided to file an official SEC complaint when a victim ignored their ransom demand.   The AlphV/BlackCat ransomware group has filed a complaint with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) against...

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Have OpenAI made an AGI breakthrough?

Before OpenAI CEO Sam Altman was ousted, researchers at OpenAI reportedly sent a letter to the board warning of a significant AI breakthrough with "potential risks to humanity". The letter and a new AI algorithm, referred to as Q* (Q-star), it has been claimed, may...

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WebSci’24 upcoming dates

ACM WebSci’24: Call for SubmissionsConference Dates: May 21-24, 2024websci24.org/ Hosted by the Interchange Forum for Reflecting on Intelligent Systems (IRIS) | Organized by the University of Stuttgart | Partners ACM • Cyber Valley • Web Science Trust • SigWeb Papers...

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EU Lawmakers tackle Election interference

European lawmakers have reached an agreement on measures to safeguard elections and prevent policy fragmentation within the EU. The rules aim to protect EU elections from foreign interference, banning political ads targeting specific ethnic and religious groups and...

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OpenAI release new features for DIY GPT’s

ChatGPT developer Open AI have introduced a slew of new features to their platform including faster (and cheaper!) versions of ChatGPT and DALL-E as well as a platform for building DIY AI Assistants and DIY versions of LLM apps known as GPT's. Open AI is clearly...

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UK Gov calls for greater use of facial recognition.

The UK government is encouraging police to expand their use of retrospective facial recognition (RFR) software to identify offenders. The policing minister has recommended over 200,000 image searches against the Police National Database within six months. This push,...

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X wants us to Grok …

Elon Musk's xAI (nee Twitter) have just released a beta product named  Grok (named from Sci-Fi author Robert Heinlein's cyber-slang) meaning "to understand" Grok is based on large language models (LLM's) like ChatGPT and has been trained on millions of articles from...

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Bletchley Declaration released from AI Safety Summit

Source: The following is reproduced in full from the UK Gov Website: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/ai-safety-summit-2023-the-bletchley-declaration/the-bletchley-declaration-by-countries-attending-the-ai-safety-summit-1-2-november-2023 Nov 6th 2023...

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ACM WebSci’24 deadline approaching

Call for Papers ACM WebSci’24 ● 16th ACM Web Science Conference May 21 – May 24, 2024 ● Stuttgart, Germany Reflecting on the Web, AI, and Society https://websci24.webscience.org/ Important Dates Thu, November 30, 2023: Paper submission deadline Wed, January 31, 2024:...

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WST CEO named to UN AI Advisory Role

WST CEO Prof. Dame Wendy Hall has been appointed to the United Nations high-level advisory body on artificial intelligence. She is a Regius Professor of Computer Science from the University of Southampton and also Director of its Web Science Institute and was selected...

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