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Web Science: Understanding how business and society are being transformed using the Web

Unlike many other technologies, the Web has caused fundamental societal change of an unprecedented magnitude. Research on this ever-changing socio-technical phenomenon and its impact has been developing at a rapid pace in many disciplines at the DTC. Yet there is a great deal more to learn especially when the Web is positioned as the subject of focus. Continue reading →

Tutor Interview Series: Susan Halford and Les Carr – What Next?

Briefly tell me what your session is going to be about. Week 6 will take a brief look back over the MOOC and consider 'what next'? It will be clear by now that the Web is evolving, and it will not remain as it is today. In this week we will consider where the Web might be in another 25 years, looking at emergent trends such as the internet of things, linked data and the semantic web. Continue reading →

Tutor Interview Series: Craig Webber – Security

Briefly tell me what your session is going to be about - The session provides an overview of some of the issues that have developed around cyber security and the threats to our activities on the web. A lot of what takes place on the web echoes activity that takes place away from the web. Many crimes that we regard as cybercrimes are just extensions of crimes that have historically taken place off-line. Continue reading →

Tutor Interview Series: Phil Waddell – Democracy

Briefly tell me what your session is going to be about. My session explores the historical relationship between the Web and political activism. Students are going to see how a particular type of global activism has developed alongside the Web and how each new development in Web technologies can be used by activists to challenge their governments and established political systems. Continue reading →

Tutor Interview Series: Lorraine Warren – Economy

Briefly tell me what your session is going to be about - This session is about new venture creation in the digital age.  The internet has made it very easy to create new businesses in a wide range of sectors - but it's important to get the 'business model' right otherwise you're unlikely to succeed. What are the main aims you want to achieve? - I hope to convince you that new venture creation is desirable and achievable, providing you take care and go about it the right way. Continue reading →

Tutor Interview Series: Lisa Harris – Economy

Briefly tell me what your session is going to be about. - In my part of Week 5 we will discuss what the application of digital technologies means for how employers are recruiting and how people get jobs. What are the main aims you want to achieve? - I'd like to inspire people to participate actively in online networks. This not only boosts our reputation, it gives us new skills in communication, creativity and reflective thinking. Continue reading →

Tutor Interview Series: Mark Weal – Democracy

Briefly tell me what your session is going to be about - In this session we are going to consider the democratic nature of the Web and the ways in democracy is being used in the political process by both governments and activists. Increasingly governments might see the Web as a tool for improving transparency, broadcasting information, driving innovation or even improving trust in the democratic process. Continue reading →