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 →

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 →

Learning in the Network Age: Round 2

Our Learning in the Network Age MOOC with FutureLearn is running again for two weeks from 24th July. You can sign up here. The web is having a significant impact on the way we learn. Learning today is much more than just attending lectures and classes. It involves interacting with a powerful online and offline network of people, technology, services and information in ways, places and times of our choosing. Continue reading →

The third Business Stories event with Kevin Craig

Last Friday the Ministry of Sound’s CEO Lohan Presencer returned to interview another alumni student of the University of Southampton Kevin Craig, CEO of PLMR. After growing up in South London in a school where being academically inclined wasn’t viewed as a positive by peers (and throwing chairs in the classroom was common), Kevin didn’t believe he had the grades to go to university so almost accepted an apprenticeship in graphics. Continue reading →

Business Stories with Gerard Grech

Today I had the pleasure of attending the ‘Business Stories’ session, which involved Lohan Presencer, CEO of Ministry of Sound, interviewing Gerard Grech the CEO of Tech City, who has an interesting portfolio of work experience to say the least! It was my job was to live tweet the event which was great, as this was the first time I had ever provided live coverage of an event such as this one. Continue reading →

Web Science goes Down Under

Melbourne - RMIT University We arrived in Melbourne on Saturday evening. On Sunday a few of us visited the lively streets of Melbourne to get some sun, street arts, and diverse food to overcome the jet-lag. We refuged in coffee shops to benefit from the countless flow of coffee and decent Wi-Fi. On Monday, we headed to RMIT where Professor Susan Halford was presenting her work, “Speaking Sociologically with Big Data: Symphonic social science and the future for big data research”. Continue reading →