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Join us for “Untangling the Web” a new series of podcasts with Noshir Contractor

On this podcast, we bring thought leaders from around the world to explore how the Web is shaping society and how society in turn is shaping the Web. We hope to improve our understanding of the Web, promote the Web’s positive impact on society – and change the Web for the better.

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UTW Episode 35: Tim Berners-Lee

In this season finale, our guest is Sir Tim Berners-Lee, a computer scientist best known as the inventor of the World Wide Web. Tim is a professorial fellow of computer science at the University of Oxford and a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

UTW Episode 27: Deborah McGuinness

Our guest for this episode is Deborah McGuinness, Professor of Computer, Cognitive, and Web Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). Deborah specializes in creating ontology-enabled research infrastructure for work in interdisciplinary settings.  In this...

UTW Episode 26: Sandra González-Bailón

In this episode, we chat with Sandra González-Bailón, who is on the faculty at the Annenberg School for Communication. Her research lies at the intersection of network science, data mining, computational tools and political communication. She is the author of Decoding...

UTW Episode 25: Nigel Shadbolt

In this special 25th episode of Untangling the Web, we talk with one of the founders of web science, Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt. He’s Principal of Jesus college and professorial Research Fellow in Computer Science at the University of Oxford.  As information adviser...

UTW Episode 24: Azeem Azhar

For this episode, we talk with Azeem Azhar, an entrepreneur, investor and author. Previously, he founded PeerIndex, a big data analytics firm acquired in 2015. And his first book, “The Exponential Age: How Accelerating Technology is Transforming Business, Politics and...

UTW Episode 23: Rory Cellan-Jones

In this episode, we talk with journalist Rory Cellan-Jones. He’s reported for BBC for 40 years, and for much of that time primarily focused on business and technology stories. He has covered everything from smartphones to social media and more. He’s just published a...

UTW Episode 22: Pablo Boczkowski

Our guest for this episode is Pablo Boczkowski, who is Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Northwestern University, as well as the founder and director of the Center for Latinx Digital Media. He’s also the cofounder and...

UTW Episode 21: Taha Yasseri

For this episode, we talk with Taha Yasseri, an associate professor at the School of Sociology and a Geary Fellow at the Geary Institute for Public Policy at University College Dublin, Ireland. He has been a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, a Turing...

UTW Episode 20: Richard Rogers

In this episode, we talk with Richard Rogers, a professor and chair of New Media and Digital Culture at the University of Amsterdam. An award-winning author, he also is Director of the Digital Methods Initiative (DMI), known for the development of software tools for...

UTW Episode 19: Sinan Aral

In this episode, we talk with Sinan Aral, an award-winning researcher, entrepreneur and venture capitalist. He is the David Austin professor of Management, Marketing IT and Data Science at MIT, where he also directs MIT’s initiative on the Digital Economy. And in...

UTW Episode 18: Matt Weber

In this episode (22 minutes long), we talk with Matt Weber, a faculty member in the Department of Communication at the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University. With more than a decade of experience researching information ecosystems,...

UTW Episode 17: Emilio Ferrara

For this episode, (23 min) we talk with Emilio Ferrara, an Associate Professor at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He’s also a Research Team Leader for AI at USC’s Information Sciences Institute and the Director of the Annenberg Networks Network...

UTW Episode 16: Aleks Krotoski

Our guest for this episode (23 min.) is Dr. Aleks Krotoski, an award-winning international broadcaster, author and academic. She studies and writes about technology and interactivity. Her book, “Untangling the Web: What the Internet is Doing to You,” based on her hit...


From the Video Vault: A new series offering you the chance to catch up on Keynotes and Panel sessions from WebSci Conferences

In partnership with the ACM we are offering access to some of the highlights of WebSci’21 for those that missed the conference or want to rewatch some of the talks and discussions.


Wendy Hall ThinkOut Podcast

In the second episode of the NISTH ThinkOut Podcast series, our host, Assoc Prof Sulfikar Amir, Director, NISTH speaks with Dame Wendy Hall, the UK’s first AI Skills Champion and Regius Professor of Computer Science, University of Southampton, UK.  From the discovery...

Wendy Hall Newsnight AI Panel

WST CEO Professor Dame Wendy Hall was interviewed along with Professor Nick Bostrum on BBC's Newsnight to discuss growing concerns around the use of AI, the need for regulation and the credibility behind claims of impending AI disaster. The Video is a two-part piece...

WebSci21 – Video Vault No 11 – The Future of the Web and Society

Chair, Wendy Hall leads panellists, Sinan Aral, Azeem Azhar, Noshir Contractor and Jaime Teevan in a discussion no less ambitious than to summarise what we learned from the last 15 years of Web Science and to predict what the next 15 years may hold.[dipl_image_card...

WebSci21 – Video Vault No 10 – The Post-API Age Reconsidered

In this talk, Deen Freelon talks about research data sourced from social media platforms to support computational research approaches in social science .[dipl_image_card title="Keynote 5" image=""...

WebSci21 – Video Vault No 9 – Global Digital Infrastructure in a Post-Pandemic World

In this talk, Jennifer Zhu Scott talks about the need to create global inclusive data infrastructures and processes to address global issue[dipl_image_card title="Keynote 4" image=""...

WebSci21 – Video Vault No 8 – Directions in Digital Government

This panel will tackle the ambitious challenge of examining the intersection of emerging artificial intelligence (AI) technology and the production of news media in an online environment.[dipl_image_card title="Spotlight Panel 5"...

WebSci21 – Video Vault No 7 – The Future of News on the Web

This panel will tackle the ambitious challenge of examining the intersection of emerging artificial intelligence (AI) technology and the production of news media in an online environment.[dipl_image_card title="Spotlight Panel 4"...

WebSci21 – Video Vault No 5 – Future of the Web in Post-COVID World

Abstract The COVID-19 pandemic has been met by unequal responses in different countries and led to unequal impacts to Europe, USA, Asia, and Latin America. The pandemic has made unequal internet access both within and between countries. At the same time, new...

WebSci21 – Video Vault No 4 – COVID-19 and Society

Abstract As the pandemic keeps influencing our everyday lives, researchers assemble valuable datasets that can help to better understand the impact COVID-19 has on society. This includes both data from the Web or other digital platforms, as well as data about Web...

WebSci21 – Video Vault No 3 – Future of the Internet

  In a conversation between Wendy Hall and Baroness Martha Lane Fox the pair discuss baroness Lane Fox's contributions to public policy and the technological debate. They also explore the legislation processes and work going on within select committees and the...

WebSci21 – Video Vault No 2 – Panel on Alogrithmic Bias

Notes In 2016, an MIT Graduate student gave a TEDx Talk in New York.  Joy Buolamwini’s  How I am fighting Algorithmic Bias, has been viewed by nearly 1.5 million people, and it later led to a journey of deeper discovery with other researchers and filmmaker Shalini...

WebSci21 – Video Vault No 1 – Matt Weber

Notes As a place for organizing and the emergence of new organizations, the Web is a platform that has been evolving for more than 25 years. Digital data from the Web provides a rich platform for observing a wide range of social science phenomena – especially patterns...


So what is Web Science exactly ?

Join trustee Prof. Dame Wendy Hall and Prof. Sir Nigel Shadbolt to find out about Web Science and why you should care …



🌟 The final day of #WebSci24 kicks off! 🚀

Get ready for another day with insightful talks, great ideas, and inspiring discussions.

All photos: Ludmilla Parsyak & Gabriel Parsyak (c) Uni-Stuttgart (IRIS)


🌐 Day 3 of #WebSci24 is officially a wrap! 🎉
A massive thank you to all the speakers, organizers, volunteers, and participants who made today another incredible success. Your contributions are what make this conference truly special. 🙏
See you all tomorrow for the final day!


🚀 The #WebSci24 conference is in full swing, with fantastic talks and presentations! Check out a few impressions below. 📸 Stay tuned for more updates! #WebSci2024

Photo: Ludmilla Parsyak,(c) Uni-Stuttgart (IRIS)


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