The University of Southampton’s Web Science Institute (WSI) celebrated its first anniversary at a special event at London’s Digital Catapult Centre on Monday – and the Digichamps were there providing social media support. In advance of the event we provided lists of speaker Twitter feeds, relevant hashtags and links to blogs and other resources to contributors. On the day The Digichamp Team of Tim O’Riordan, Bartosz Paszcsa and Sylvian Jesudoss were active supporting the video crew, regularly tweeting, photographing exhibits and speakers, broadcasting live video using Periscope, Storify-ing the event here and here and generally ‘feeding the social’.
The WSI brings together world-leading multidisciplinary expertise from across the University to tackle the most pressing global challenges facing the World Wide Web and wider society today. It focuses on the analytical power of researchers from disciplines as diverse as sociology and computer science, economics and psychology, law and humanities to understand and explain the Web.
WSI Directors Professor Dame Wendy Hall, Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt, Professor Susan Halford and Professor Les Carr, were joined by other leading figures from Web and Internet science, including Sir David Omand, ex head of GCHQ and a member of the Global Commission on Internet Governance, in panel-led discussions on ‘Privacy and Trust in the Era of Big Data Analytics’.
Introducing the day’s debates, Dame Wendy highlighted the importance in seeking a balance between our personal privacy and public security in the digital world. This theme was carried on through the day, with discussions on the social implications of the Web of Data, algorithms, closing with presentations from Centre for Doctoral Training students focusing on informed consent.