WebSci'09: Society On-Line
18th–20th March, 2009
Web Science focuses on understanding, designing and developing the technologies and applications that make up the World Wide Web. But the WWW does not exist without the participation of people and organizations. Now that a significant proportion of everyday life is spent on-line in many countries, it makes sense for the first Web Science conference organised by the Web Science Research Initiative (WSRI) and the Foundation of the Hellenic World (FHW) to be dedicated to the presentation of research into society on the Web. How do people and organisations behave on-line – what motivates them to shop, date, make friends, learn, participate in political life or manage their health
or tax on-line? Which Web-based designs will they trust? To which on-line agents will they delegate? How can the dark side of the Web – such as cybercrime, pornography and terrorist networks – be both understood and held in check without compromising the experience of others? What are the effects of varying characteristics of Web-based technologies – such as security, privacy, network
structure, the linking of data – on on-line behaviour, both criminal and non-criminal? And how can the design of the Web of the future ensure that a system on which – as Tim Berners-Lee put it – democracy and commerce depends remains 'stable and pro-human'?
Such a challenge requires understanding of both human behaviour and technological design. So the science – including the social science – of the Web is a field that requires the attention of both computer scientists and social scientists. The aim of this conference is to bring these two groups together across the disciplinary divide for perhaps the first time, exploring the development of the Web across different areas of everyday life and technological development. We welcome papers from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives, including computer science, physics, economics, political science, sociology, geography, management, health. Papers which incorporate more than one discipline will be particularly welcomed. We have identified the following areas of on-line society and Web development for particular attention:
- Government and Political Life
- Social Relationships
- Cybercrime and/or the Prevention Thereof
- Culture On-Line
In addition, we are interested in papers that concern the cross-cutting infrastructure issues on which these areas depend including, but not limited to:
- Linked Data and the Semantic Web
- Trust and Reputation
- Security and Privacy
- Networking (Social and Technical)
The submission deadline for papers has now passed. Successful applicants will be asked to produce a short paper of 5,000 words to be presented at the conference in a plenary session, panel or poster. These papers will automatically be considered for publication as full papers by a number of journals whose editors have agreed to participate.