ACM Web Science 2013, May 2-4th in Paris

Saturday Panel: How the Web will Revolutionize Society

May 2, 2013
by Harry Halpin

The very idea of a scientific study of society began in earnest in the wake of the French revolution of 1789, with the term “sociology” being coined by Auguste Comte. Today, we face a new kind of revolution – the digital revolution – whose effects may end up being just as profound as the revolution that spawned sociology. What relationship, and responsibility, does Web Science have to these revolutionary changes in society?

Hosted by Harry Halpin, this panel will invite four guests, each of whom have made ground-breaking socio-technical contributions, to debate the future of society and the Web.

  • Amelia Andersdotter represents the Pirate Party as a member of European Parliament, where she has heavily campaigned – and won – on Web issues such as fighting ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement), and is now working on eID and Data Protection amongst other topics.
  • Nigel Shadbolt of University of Southampton is not only one of the founders of Web Science, but has helped establish the first state-sponsored open data portal data.gov.org.uk and now co-directs the Open Data Institute with Tim Berners-Lee.
  • Louis Pouzin, winner of the Queen Elizabeth Prize and member of the Internet Hall of Fame, invented the “datagram” – sending a packets of data across a network and reconstructing them later – whe he built the CYCLADES Network, a design that later fundamentally influenced Vint Cerf in the construction of the Internet.
  • Jérémie Zimmermann is co-founder of La Quadrature du Net, a grassroots citizen advocacy group that defends freedom online against threats such as ACTA, and is a contributor to Julian Assange’s 2012 book Cypherpunks: Freedom and the Future of the Internet.

So there’s good reason to stay till Saturday! See you Saturday morning to debate the role of Web Science in shaping the digital revolution throughout society.

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