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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 →

Hong Kong: East Asian Research Students Conference at Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)

Day 1 - The first day at CUHK was based around small group workshops to discuss our research and presented it to others interested in the field – Anna attended this workshop as her research fell within the western music theory and analysis category. I found it useful to show how my research relates to other fields and also how this traditional discipline of music theory relates to the developments of the web. Continue reading →

Serendipity, Calamity, Inclusivity and the Future of the Web: Thoughts on the Web Science Conference 2018

 PhD Symposium On an extraordinarily sunny Sunday (at least as judged by locals!), we started with the PhD Symposium session, composed of 10- 15-minute lectures with Q&A. Students presented their PhD projects - results, ongoing work and plans. The diversity of topics was astonishing and a good insight into the interdisciplinary nature of the conference - although probably it is hardly surprising for someone accustomed with Web Science on a daily basis. Continue reading →

Talking about the ePrivacy regulation, or an alternative GDPR birthday party

The 25th May was the birthday of GDPR - the European general data protection regulation came into force. Most of us will have noticed this based on the incredible amount of emails we received from websites we didn’t even remember ever giving our data to. With GDPR, we now have more rights with regards to organisations that hold data about us. Among others, this includes the rights to access our data, restrict how it is used, or have it deleted. Continue reading →

CDT Students visit to NUS and Tshinghau University, China

Wuxi After a 12 hour flight from London to Shanghai, and a terrifying two hour taxi ride, we finally arrived in Wuxi.  We were visiting Wuxi to attend the NEXT++ Workshop, a gathering of academics and students from around the globe to discuss "Artificial Intelligent Solutions to Information Rich Open Problems". The title of the workshop didn't give much away, and we awaited to find out what the objectives of us being there were. Continue reading →