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Web Science Institute

13th ACM Web Science Conference 2021 hosted by the University of Southampton - delivered online

Published: 30 March 2021
WebSci'21

Join world leaders in Web Science research, technology, industry and policy-making at this global, interdisciplinary event to explore how Web Science can help us address the challenges and opportunities we face from the effects of the pandemic and other global threats.

About

Once again the ACM Web Science Conference will run as an online conference this year. The theme is Globalisation, Inclusion and the Web in the Context of COVID.

Web Science is an inter-disciplinary field dedicated to understanding the complex and multiple impacts of the Web on society, and vice versa. The Web has enabled a globally connected network of individuals and communities, but divides still exist and new ones emerge. Fostering an inclusive and equitable online environment is a persistent challenge. In recent years, this challenge has been amplified by the increasing prevalence of artificial intelligence and the automation of Web-based tasks, as well as ongoing inequalities in Web access, use, and skills.

The conference will call attention to these challenges and how they might be addressed, particularly in light of the ongoing global effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are seeing, for example, just how important  global collaboration within and between scientific communities has been to swift vaccine development, and the essential role of the Web in timely and effective public health communications.  

Events and Keynote speakers

Presenters and participants will have multiple opportunities to engage over a full week of talks.

  • Workshops
  • Tutorials
  • Spotlight Panels
  • Paper Sessions
  • PhD Symposium
  • Brave Conversations

Keynote speakers currently include:

  • Deen Freelon, Associate Professor at UNC Chapel Hill
  • Baroness Martha Lane Fox, Entrepreneur and internet activist
  • Matthew Weber, Associate Professor at Rutgers University
  • Daniel J. Weitzner, Director of the MIT Internet Policy Research Initiative
  • Jennifer Zhu Scott, Forbes World’s Top 50 Women in Tech in 2018

Registration

Registration will open in April and be set at £50 per attendee.

Further information

The core programme will take place in European time, and there will also be satellite workshops/events in SE Asia and the USA.

All sessions will be recorded, so you don’t need to cover every time zone in one day!

More details of the presenters and other conference activities will be shared in the lead up to the event.

Keep an eye on our tweets via the #WebSci21 hashtag, and check out our website for further updates and registration information.

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