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Web Science: the age of the social machine

Originally written and published on the Web Science Trust blog by Tim O'Riordan. At the Web Science Institute seminar held earlier this week WST board advisor, Anni Rowland-Campbell spoke on the socio-technical changes that are happening in the world as a result of the Social Machine, which began with the World Wide Web. The talk focused on Tim Berners-Lee's proposal of the Web where the “people do the creative work and the machine does the administration”1. Continue reading →

And now for the really fun part…ethics and the Web

This post is authored by Anni Rowland Campbell and was originally posted on her blog, Intersticia Last week the Web Science Institute hosted it’s first Ethics Symposium.  The event drew together a wonderfully diverse audience who were treated to with two excellent presentations from Woodrow Hartzog and Mireille Hildebrandt plus a vigorous panel discussion moderated by Thanassis Tiropanis. Continue reading →

Observing The Web: ethics in a data-sharing world

This event took place on a sweltering day in London, in the offices of TaylorWessing. Thankfully, the space was air conditioned – essential on a day where outside temperatures rose to well above 30°C. Any discussion that involves the ethics of gathering, analysing and sharing data is always fascinating, given that there are so many situations and nuances that even Web Science students like myself haven’t previously considered, and this symposium didn’t disappoint. Continue reading →

WSI Distinguished Lecture with Tom Steinberg

Has the landscape of technology for good changed irrevocably since 2008? – An evening with Tom Steinberg Friday 8th July, 2016 - The Web Science Institute were delighted to host a Distinguished Lecture with Tom Steinberg, founder of mySociety, and leading expert on technologies for good. Tom spoke to an enthusiastic audience on the topic of ‘Digital Technologies in the Public Interest’. Continue reading →

Distinguished Lecture by Dr Ted Nelson: “Two Cheers for Now”

(Review written by Tom Davidson and Tom Rowledge and orginally posted on the Digichamps blog) Recently, WWW pioneer Dr Ted Nelson came to the University of Southampton to deliver a web science lecture; entitled ‘Two Cheers for Now’. Broadly speaking, this was a fascinating lecture covering the progress of the web to where it is today, alongside an examination of some of the alternatives that were developed alongside the world wide web. Continue reading →

Starting soon: two new mini-MOOCs for our Web Science series

The University of Southampton and FutureLearn have recently launched two new courses in the Web Science MOOC Series. The original 6 week Web Science MOOC needed an update (amazingly it’s nearly 3 years since we started on this journey!) We have now split that course into a number of 2 week mini-MOOCs, with updates to the existing content and plenty of new material. “The Power of Social Media“ (#FLSocialMedia) begins on 25th April. Continue reading →