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Ben Williamson Seminar: Doing Educational Research in Web Science

The moment the notification email went around advising that Dr Ben Williamson was going to give a talk, I booked my place. As a ‘resting’ secondary school teacher taking a sabbatical to do a PhD, anything edu-related is always of interest. When it’s also embedded in Web Science, that’s a double bonus. Dr Williamson has written extensively about ‘the digital age’ and education. Continue reading →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Barry Wellman Distinguished Lecture

This review of the evening has been written by Digichamps Sylvian Jesudoss and Elena Tsarkova On 31st of October at the University of Southampton, we had a unique chance to attend the distinguished lecture by Professor Barry Wellman, organised by Web Science Institute. Barry Wellman is a Canadian-American sociologist and currently director of NetLab at the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto. Continue reading →

WSI input to Interdisciplinary Week

Graeme Earl, Les Carr, Chris Phethean and myself had a great interactive session this morning on the Digital University: http://www.slideshare.net/sotonDE/the-digital-university-idrw2014 Live blogging from #IDRW2014 this morning. Link here http://t.co/3YSyTVEAV4 talking about the Digital University. @intersoton @digichamps — Alex Hovden (@WheelsOnFire92) March 27, 2014 @lescarr and @Graemeearl demonstrating speed dating opportunities at #idrw2014 pic.twitter. Continue reading →