Summer Issue: 2022

In this issue …

WebSci’22 coming right up ..
WSTNet Lab Focus: Cardiff
In Conversation with Jennifer Zhu Scott
Recent Publications
Upcoming events around WebSci’22

WebSci’22 coming right up ..

This year’s WebSci will be our first hybrid conference offering live and on-line experiences and we are excited to welcome you to Barcelona in person for all the extra social and unplanned stuff that comes with a live conference.
We’ll be co-located with ACM Hypertext and ACM UMAP.

Here’s a note from the team in Barcelona:

The 2022 ACM Web Science Conference: The Old vs. the New Normal is now less than three weeks away! We welcome everyone to join us from June 26 to 29 – either online or onsite in Barcelona, Spain.

We have confirmed our first two Keynote Speakers:

Leila Zia
Head of Research at Wikimedia Foundation

m.c schraefel
Professor of Computer Science and Human Performance at University of Southampton

We have published the list of accepted papers on topics that include:

Fake news, disinformation and propaganda
COVID-19 and anti-vaccine discourse
TikTok video analysis and YouTube video recommendations
Crowdsource and AI workers
Gender and Racial bias

The full programme consists of both full and short papers, as well as workshops and tutorials.

Barcelona is waiting for you! Registration is open for online and onsite attendance!

Keep an eye on our tweets via the #WebSci22 hashtag, and check out our websitefor further updates. We look forward to welcoming you to this year’s Web Science conference!

Best wishes

WebSci’22 Conference Committee

WSTNet Lab focus: Cardiff

Cardiff University WSTNet Lab has two Lab Directors: Prof. Pete Burnap and Prof. Matt Williams – their recent focus has been on the evidence emerging from social data and also the discovery and analysis of hate speech both using the COSMOS data analysis platform. The lab has created both the HateLab and the Social Data Science Lab as foci for the Lab’s research activities and findings.

In our spotlight interview Matt tells us about how HateLab works and who they are working with but denies being part of a London-based Cyber-Punk band.

Read the full article

In Conversation with Jennifer Zhu Scott

In conversation this time is well-known finance and digital economy expert Jennifer Zhu Scott. Jen recently joined the WST Board of Trustees and we are delighted to welcome her. Ian Brown sat down to find out a little more about Jen’s path to Web Science and why she thinks we’ve invented a whole new kind of poverty and what we should do about it.

Jennifer Zhu Scott has been named one of the most influential woman in technology, speaks widely on FinTech, gives Ted talks, runs her own AI company and also chairs the Creative Commons project.

Jennifer Zhu Scott

Recent Publications

We recommend some notable books… click on the image to find out more.

Featured WSTNet Lab Director Matt Williams explains how to tackle the growth of of prejudice and hate online

Something different this time with a dystopian novel by Jennifer Egan in the style of Black Mirror about a new technology, “Own Your Unconscious”—that allows you access to every memory you’ve ever had, and to share every memory in exchange for access to the memories of others.

Find out more

Upcoming Events

ACM WebSci’22 will be co-located with the ACM Hypertext Conference and the ACM UMAP Conference.

Brave Conversations will be returning to the WebSci’22 conference and this year’s topic will be post-Covid society. The event will be held Sunday 26th June, 2022 from 3 pm CET to 7 pm CET.

Register for Brave Conversations at WebSci’22

There is also a collection of workshop and tutorial events that run in tandem with the main conference. This year’s program includes:


1st Workshop on Blockchain and AI for Community


Assessing The Ethical Implications Of Artificial Intelligence In Policing


General Collective Intelligence and Web Science


Documenting Web Data for Social Research  #DocuWeb22



CooRnet: detecting problematic online coordinated link-sharing behavior using R


Keep an eye out for updates/notifications on Facebook and using the Twitter hashtags #websci22 #websciconf and #webscience.

WebSci’22 Conference Site


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