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Tomorrow’s Leviathan – Machine Learning in a Political World

By Ellena Parsons Today’s WSI Distinguished Lecture was delivered by Professor Phil Howard of the Oxford Internet Institute, based at the University of Oxford. The overarching theme of Prof. Howards lecture was the notion of Artificial Intelligence having an influence – whether positive or negative – on politics, and the wider implications of AI influencing public opinion via social media. Prof. Continue reading →

WSTNet Web Science Summer School – by Maria Priestley

This year’s Web Science Summer School provided a great opportunity to learn about the theme of Artificial Intelligence (AI) from a diverse range of perspectives. In the usual spirit of Web Science, we were presented with a well-rounded selection of talks and workshops covering the social, technical and ethical issues surrounding AI technology. It was fantastic that these sessions came directly from some of the leading experts in the respective fields. Continue reading →

One book to rule the world … Web Science Summer School 2019

In the social sciences, I use statistical techniques to uncover data trails of human behaviour. I look for some really hidden behaviours – ones that no-one is going to admit to in a survey, like ‘Did you cheat or guess the answers in your exam?’ We use probability based measures and look at error terms to make our judgments. It doesn’t sound wildly different from the work of people who prefer to use the title ‘data scientist’. Continue reading →

Technical Challenges in delivering a Digital Built Britain | Dr Matthew West

Dr Matthew West has spent the majority of his working life at the petrochemical giant Royal Dutch Shell. From the early 1990s onwards he was involved in developing company standards and guidelines to support the integration of systems and processes to facilitate different parts of the multinational working efficiently and effectively together. Essentially this work involved the development of company-wide and eventually industry-wide ISO engineering standards. Continue reading →

Web Science Doctoral Training Centre celebrates 10 years of Web Science doctoral research

Today, students, academics, alumni gathered together to mark the end of Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) in Web Science and discuss the future of Web Science. By listening to the speeches provided by alumni, we were able to learn, not only how important it was for them to be a part of DTC programme, but also how this experience shaped their future career. Continue reading →

Digital futures – the difference Web Science makes

Exaugural lecture delivered by Professor Susan Halford, 11 February 2019 In a room that was too small for the purpose, because there was standing room only for the academic colleagues, past and current students who came together for Susan Halford’s ex-augural lecture. Susan has left Southampton to be Professor of Sociology at the University of Bristol and it soon became clear that the room was, in fact, full of her friends. Continue reading →

WSI Distinguished lecture with Rob Kitchin

On 5th December, the Web Science Institute invited Professor Rob Kitchin of Maynooth University to discuss the praxes and politics of building city dashboard. Rob Kitchin is the principal investigator on Programmable City project and the Building City Dashboard project. Nowadays, City dashboards are increasingly becoming a tool for urban management and governance. The lecture considers the creation and uses from both a technical development perspective and that of critical studies. Continue reading →