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Web Science Institute

WSI Distinguished Lecture, Wednesday 10th February 2016 entitled "The Open Web and Its Enemies" Event

Bill Thompson
18:15 - 19:15
10 February 2016
Murray Lecture Theatre Murray Building 58, Level 1 University of Southampton Highfield SO17 1BJ

For more information regarding this event, please telephone Sam Collins on 023 80 593255 or email .

Event details

The Web Science Institute is delighted to announce that Bill Thompson will be delivering its next Distinguished Lecture.


"In the age of electronics an open society, one in which questions can be asked, where critical thinking is not just permitted but encouraged, and where investigation rather than ideology is used to seek out the truth about the world - the open society according to Karl Popper - has also to be an open data society because reusable, structured data has become the main machine for doing the heavy lifting of moving knowledge around, just as books move ideas around.

An open web is the most visible expression of that open data society, but it is increasingly undermined by the efforts of government on one side and commercial interests on the other, squeezing the public space occupied by civil society. Web science, grounded in the study of the open web, offers an opportunity both to study the impact of this shift and to propose countermeasures. In his lecture Bill Thompson will argue that we can use the tools of web science to design and build a better and more resilient web – but that we must move quickly or there will be nothing left to save."


Speaker information

Bill Thompson,BBC,Bill Thompson is a journalist, writer and commentator, working with the BBC to make its archive more accessible, and with a range of arts and cultural organisations to help them think about the impact of digital technology on their practice.

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