WebSci21 Spotlight Panel 7: The Future of the Web and Society
Chair: Wendy Hall. Panellists: Sinan Aral, Azeem Azhar, Noshir Contractor, Jaime Teevan
Web Science, as an interdiscipline, is celebrating its 15th year of interrogating how the Web has shaped Society and how Society, in turn, has shaped the Web. During this period, we have witnessed avalanches of disruptive “exponential” technologies emerge from tectonic shifts between four (or more!) Internets with their various sensibilities and sensitivities concerning openness, commerce, authoritarianism and human rights. The closing panel reflects on how all of these socio-cultural-political developments (re)shape the agenda for Web Science over the next 15 years and beyond. Specifically, panelists will consider the future of Web Science research and what it means for practitioners, policymakers and publics.
Recorded at WebSci21 ACM13 on Friday 25 June, 15:30 – 16:30hrs BST