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White Papers


Initiated in 2020 by Dr Kieron O’ Hara, the WSI white paper series publishes timely reports to help intelligent generalist readers understand complex topics in web, internet and artificial intelligence as they emerge, and to help shape policy responses for societies and organisations.

In 2021, Matt Ryan took over as Editor of the WSI White Paper Series in 2021. Matt is Associate Professor in Governance and Public Policy at the University of Southampton and a Director of the Web Science Institute as well as Director of the Centre for Democratic Futures.


White papers can be generated relatively quickly from existing ideas, papers, research projects or agendas and are curated and organised in our series to provide a trusted venue for external knowledge sharing.

As editor, Matt can provide guidance and review of proposed papers, and can identify potential colleagues to provide further collegiate advice.

If you have a paper, project or idea for which you would like to publish for this audience please get in touch with Matt at

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A Blueprint for Social Data Foundation

Accelerating Trustworthy and Collaborative Data Sharing for Health and Social Care Transformation - Michael Boniface, Laura Carmichael, Wendy Hall, Brian Pickering, Sophie Stalla-Bourdillon & Steve Taylor.


Making Smart Fair

Building Inclusive, Fair and Sustainable Transport for Cities of the Future - Roger Tyers and Pauline Leonard.

Data Protection

Data Trusts

Ethics, Architecture and Governance for Trustworthy Data Stewardship, Kieron O'Hara.

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