Web Science Trust

Untangling the Web of Humans and Technology

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Annual Conference: ACM WebSci'21

Organised by the University of Southampton, delivered online.

21-25 June 2021

Untangling the Web

Interviews: hosted by Noshir Contractor

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What is Web Science?

Web Science is the study of the most complex piece of technology ever created. The Web comprises billions of technical and human components operating globally, with each piece subtly influencing the others. Multiple expert perspectives across scientific disciplines are required to build an understanding of how the Web changes society just as much as society changes the Web. 

Get Involved

WST works with universities. think tanks, research groups, governments, businesses and private individuals to better understand the nature and impact the Web will continue to have on society.

Click below to learn more about the research,  courses, events, training, conferences and outreach we offer, support and promote.






About Us

The Web Science Trust is a UK charity hosted by the University of Southampton which brings together world class thinkers and research in Web Science. We are a not-for-profit group representing 20 of the leading universities and research groups and headed by international thought leaders in Web Science and Socio-technical systems.

WSTNet Laboratories

Our global network of research labs

WST Newsletter

A round-up of News and Events

WebSci Courses & Summer Schools

Find WebSci and related courses

WebSci courses and WSTNet Summer School

Brave Conversations

Our international public outreach series

Join Anni Rowland-Campbell and her team ...

Untangling the Web

A podcast from the Web Science Trust.

Join Noshir Contractor for a new series ..

Web Science Policy & Advice

Our Trustee led think-tank

Advising leaders in Government & Business

ACM Web Science Conference

Our international academic conference.
21-25 June 2021

12 years, thousands of researchers

Web Science Blog

Commentary, thoughts and rants ...

Publications & Research

Leading books, papers and talks on Web Science

Our Mission & Vision

Our vision and mission for the Trust is to help grow an understanding of the Web through interdisciplinary scientific methods.

We need to understand the Web, because it is evolving alongside society. Social and technical innovation drive each other. There is no longer a distinction between online and offline; the Web involves virtually all of us to some degree. If it is to benefit humankind, we need to understand the Web, engineer it sensitively and sustainably, anticipate its effects, and also anticipate the consequences of social change upon it. Web Science must therefore involve both engineering the technology, and analysing its impact.

Evolving technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things, new practices, such as social machines and telemedicine, and new contexts, such as the pandemic lockdowns, will only accelerate social and technical change via, and as a direct result of, the Web.

Web Science must therefore include, at a minimum, mathematics, network science, sociology, law, ethics, psychology, computer science, media studies, linguistics, geography, and so on. Virtually all disciplines have something to say about the Web. The Web, as a diverse network, demands a research community to reflect the diversity of cultural, legal, political, commercial and technical structures which affect, and in turn are affected by, the Web.


Quick Talk

Why is Web Science important?

Listen to WST Trustee Danny Weitzner and Baroness Martha Lane Fox put the importance of Web Science into context.

Brave Conversations

Jun 22, 2021
hosted online

Register for the the next Brave conversations event live or online and become part of the Conversation.

Summer School

TBA, 2022

Stay tuned for the next in the series of Web Science summer schools created by our wider WSTNet community to engage students from international research labs


WebSci Conference

Jun 21-25, 2021
hosted online

The ACM Web Science conference (WebSci’21) will run entirely online for the second year. See links above for the conference site.


Web Science News / Blog

News and Blog posts

Mar 16, 2021

Newsletter Spring 2021

Spring Newsletter In this issue … Latest news about the 2021 Web Science ConferenceAnnouncing our new partnership with Brave ConversationsNoshir Contractor nominated to ICAUntangling the Web Podcast goes from strength to strengthLAB FEATURE: NUS (Singapore)PhD...

Dec 16, 2020

WebSci’21 Call for Papers (CfP)

Hosted by the University of Southampton, UK, delivered online https://websci21.webscience.org/ Globalisation, Inclusion and the Web in the Context of COVID The Web has enabled a globally connected network of individuals and communities, but divides still exist and...

Dec 15, 2020

Noshir Contractor on becoming ICA President

Contractor is the Jane S. & William J. White Professor of Behavioral Sciences in the McCormick School of Engineering, the Northwestern School of Communication, and the Kellogg School of Management, and director of the Science of Networks in Communities (SONIC)...

Dec 15, 2020

Robot vacuum cleaners can spy on private conversations

Asst Prof Jun Han (left) and doctoral student Mr Sriram Sami (right) from NUS Computing with a robot vacuum cleaner, a monitor showing recovered sound waves, and common household items made from materials that can reflect sound. When your robot vacuum cleaner does...

Dec 14, 2020

Apple launches app privacy labelling

Apple rolls out new app "packaging" to highlight what apps do with data and howmthey handle user privacy. Click here to read the full article