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IAPP Announces Recipient of the 2013 Privacy Leadership Award – Daniel Weitzner

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IAPP Announces Recipient of the 2013 Privacy Leadership Award

Former White House Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Internet Policy Daniel Weitzner Honored with International Association of Privacy Professionals 2013 Privacy Leadership Award

Washington, DC – March 7, 2013 – Today the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) announced that the recipient for the 2013 Privacy Leadership Award is Daniel Weitzner, director and co-founder of the MIT Decentralized Information Group, and former United States Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Internet Policy in the White House. Weitzner was recognized for his work and active leadership role in the development of Internet public policy. The award is given each year to a trailblazer in the field of privacy and data protection who has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to furthering privacy policy, promoting recognition of privacy issues, and advancing the growth and visibility of the privacy profession.

“Daniel Weitzner is a global leader in Internet policy and his dedication throughout the years has significantly driven the privacy profession forward,” said IAPP Chairman and Microsoft Chief Privacy Officer Brendon Lynch, CIPP/US. “It’s an honor to recognize his pioneering work including his leadership with both the EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation), CDT (Center for Democracy and Technology) and W3C (World Wide Web Consortium), as well as his lead role in developing the Obama Administration’s Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights.”

Weitzner accepted the award at the IAPP’s annual Global Privacy Summit in Washington, DC, the world’s largest privacy conference, where privacy professionals from around the world gathered to listen to renowned privacy experts speak and share insights on timely privacy topics, challenges and inventive concepts for continuing to move the profession ahead.

“I am honored to receive this award from the IAPP, an organization whose members and staff have long been on the forefront of advancing strong privacy practices,” said Weitzner. “My goal is to continue to work for public understanding of law, technology and social practice that can advance privacy, freedom, human dignity and innovation in our growing global information society.”

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Web Science 2013 Call for Papers

Web Science 2013 Call for Papers

Following the success of WebSci’09 in Athens, WebSci’10 in Raleigh, WebSci’11 in Koblenz, and WebSci ’12 in Evanston, we are seeking papers and research notes that describe original research, analysis, and practice in the field of Web Science, as well as extended abstracts that discuss novel and thought-provoking ideas and works-in-progress.

For more information see WebSci 2013 Call for Papers


February 1st 2013: Submissions of papers, notes, and fringe festival proposals due
March 1st 2013: Notification of acceptance for papers, notes, and fringe festival proposals due
March 15th 2013: Camera-ready version of papers and notes due.
March 16th 2013: Submissions of late-breaking extended abstracts due
April 9th 2013: Notification of acceptance of late-breaking extended abstracts
May 2-4, 2013: Web Science 2013, Paris, France

The Web Science conference is inherently interdisciplinary, as it attempts to integrate computer and information sciences, communication, linguistics, sociology, psychology, economics, law, political science, philosophy, digital humanities, and other disciplines in pursuit of an understanding of the Web. This conference is unique in the manner in which it brings these disciplines together in creative and critical dialogue, and we invite papers from all the above disciplines, and in particular those that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries.

Web Index 2012 Now Published

Designed and produced by the Web Science trust’s sister organisation, the World Wide Web Foundation, the Web Index is the world’s first multi-dimensional measure of the Web’s growth, utility and impact on people and nations. It covers 61 developed and developing countries, incorporating indicators that assess the political, economic and social impact of the Web, as well as indicators of Web connectivity and infrastructure.

This is the first edition of the Web Index, which will be published annually. It will eventually allow for comparisons of trends over time and the benchmarking of performance across countries, continuously improving our understanding of the Web’s value for humanity.

Sir Tim Berners Lee stars in Olympic Opening Ceremony

Congratulations to Sir Tim-Berners Lee for featuring in the Olympic Opening Ceremony. Web Scientists will have no troubling identifying Sir Tim Berners-Lee as the inventor of the World Wide Web and also a founder of the Web Science Trust. As the BBC pointed out, it seems slightly ironic that the NBC anchors commenting on the Olympic Opening Ceremony had to ‘Google’ to find out who Sir Tim was.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee tweets during the Olympic opening cerimony