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Build Peace – Peace through Technology

April 5 -6 2014, MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, MA

The Build Peace Conference brings together practitioners, activists and technologists from around the world to share experience and ideas on using technology for peacebuilding and conflict transformation.

Technology is altering how we engage with the world, offering new avenues for social change. Over the course of two days, we will explore how information and communications technologies, games, networking platforms and other tools can enhance the impact of a broad range of peacebuilding, social cohesion and peace advocacy initiatives. Most ICT4Peace discussions focus on early warning and crisis response. Few pay attention to the use of technology for attitude and behaviour change, collaboration, dialogue, or policy advocacy. Build Peace aims to complement existing forums by expanding the discussion to encompass other important areas of peacebuilding practice.

For more information on the conference program and upcoming details of the conference live streams, visit the Build Peace websitewww.howtobuildpeace.com or follow on Twitter @howtobuildpeace (or #buildpeace )

Updated WST Web Site

 

We are delighted to announce the launch of  our new WST website – we have tried to take account of improvement suggestions from our users and to streamline the discovery and display of data.

We’d also like to thank all those who made time to review the beta site and provide feedback.

 

WebSci MSc Course in Spain

The MediaLab at the University of Alcalá (Spain) started their on-line MSc program on Networked Media and Web Science in 2014. The program is 60 ECTS and prepares for entering the interdisciplinary Phd Program on Communication, Information and Technology in the Networked Society.

More information at: http://www3.uah.es/medialab/.

Inquiries can be sent to the Director of the program, Dr. Miguel-Angel Sicilia  msicilia@uah.es

Southampton WebSci centre for doctoral training

Southampton’s new CDTs are in addition to the 72 Centres unveiled by the EPSRC back in November 2013, when three new CDTs involving also Southampton were announced.

The University is leading the CDT in Web Science Innovation, which will train 65 students, says the university – that’s 13 students per year over five years – to innovate in the shaping of Web growth, Web practices and Web policy “to lead UK industry and government to reap the maximum economic and social value from its emerging digital economy”.

“Web Science offers the insights necessary to understand the flow of data and knowledge around the globe, and the social and technical processes that can turn gigabytes and terabytes of raw data and into valuable new applications or evidence-based policy, said Professor Les Carr, one of the directors of the CDT in Web Science Innovation.

“It also helps us appreciate the threats to our online identities but also the opportunities of allowing our personal digital avatars to participate in new kinds of online businesses, online politics and online social engagements.”

– See more at: http://www.electronicsweekly.com/university-electronics/university-of-southampton/southampton-boasts-two-new-centres-for-doctoral-training-2014-01/#sthash.77u7X8a2.dpuf

WebSci ACM Conference 2014 – 23-26 June

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ACM WebSci14 (http://www.websci14.org/) will be hosted by Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

 

The ACM Web Science 2014 Conference will be hosted on the beautiful campus of Indiana University, Bloomington from June 23 to June 26, 2014.

Web Science studies the vast information network of people, communities, organizations, applications, and policies that shape and are shaped by the Web, the largest artifact constructed by humans in history. Computing, physical, and social sciences come together, complementing each other in understanding how the Web affects our interactions and behaviors.

San Francisco Web Observatory Workshop

Students, researchers and web scientists came together for a hackathon-sytle meet-up hosted by Mark Musen and the team at Stanford.

Post-grad researchers Ramine Tinati, Chris Phethean and Ian Brown from Southampton introduced the day with presentations of their research interests including:

  • Social Media effectiveness for Charities,
  • Message propgation in Social Networks and
  • Observation – how observatories are different

 

the session progressed into a data hack together kicked off by Vinay Goel from our partners at the Internet Archive to look at ways in which complex data sets can be wrangled, analysed and shared.