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 →

Wellcome Collection Talk with Tom Scott

On the 5th February, I attended a thought-provoking talk entitled ‘Building a free and unrestricted digital museum and library’ by Tom Scott, the Head of Digital Engagement at the Wellcome Trust. Tom began his talk with an introduction to the Wellcome Trust, describing how Henry Wellcome started a collection of objects, art and books in the late nineteenth century. The theme of the whole collection is health and the human condition. Continue reading →

Playwright Rory Mullarkey visits the Web Science Institute

On Friday, I was invited to take part in a discussion-based lunch with Rory Mullarkey. Rory is a playwright whose current show, George and the Dragon, is on at the National Theatre. The lunch was arranged because Rory has been commissioned to create a play about the Internet (of which the Web is obviously a very important part!) by the Nuffield Theatre. Rory has a completely open brief and was invited to the Web Science Institute for inspiration. Continue reading →

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 →