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Privitar: How to Protect Private Data

Fresh from the weekend, and with memories of my lunch on Friday still in my mind, Monday led to another Web Science Institute Talk, this time with Tom Rowledge alongside. We were attending the Web Science Centre for Doctoral Training talk on "How to Protect Private Data", given by Jason McFall, who is the Chief Technical Officer at Privitar. Jason is responsible for Privitar’s research agenda, technology strategy and product development. Continue reading →

WSI Distinguished Lecture with Mireille Hildebrandt

https://youtu.be/Z2iJ0hIqU6I On the 9th of October, the Southampton Web Science Institute was incredibly proud to welcome lawyer and philosopher Professor Mireille Hildebrandt. If a speaker is introduced and we are told that she "optimises the intellectual goals and aims of Web Science", we know that it's going to be an exciting talk and, sure enough, Mireille was not a disappointment. Her talk was entitled "Interpretation and Prediction: Magical Thinking in ML". Continue reading →

University Digital Day!

While the thought of returning to a lecture theatre during our summer break would fill most students with dread, the moods of Thomas Rowledge and I were quite the opposite as we travelled up to Southampton from Poole on Thursday. This is because we'd been invited to cover the University of Southampton's Digital Day, hosted by the Web Science Institute and Public Policy unit at Southampton. Continue reading →