The impact of social bots on political discourses and elections: Expert talk with Markus Strohmaier from the University of Koblenz-Landau in the German Bundestag
How dangerous are computer programs that autonomously post news in social media („social bots“)? Can they affect political discourses in the Web and thereby elections? Experts discussed this issue on 26th January 2017 with the committee for education, research and technological impact assessment in the German Bundestag.
Michal Kosinski will be a keynote speaker at the 10th Conference of the Media Psychology Division of the German Psychological Association in September 2017 in Landau. His research on „Predicting psycho-demographic traits from digital footprints“ is seen as a scientific fundament of personalized electoral campaigns.
Fake news and politics: Interview by phoenix with Markus Strohmaier from the Computer Science department at the University Koblenz-Landau
Which role do fake news play in politics? Markus Strohmaier, professor at the computer science department at the University of Koblenz-Landau and director of Institute WeST and Peter Schaar, former German Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information, talked about fake news, social media, and politics in an interview with German news channel phoenix.
Wikiwhere is a service originating from a student research lab at the faculty of computer science at the University of Koblenz-Landau. It provides indicators on potential tendencies of Wikipedia content, as it analyses the origin of references in Wikipedia articles.
Successful dissertation about Provenance in the Semantic Web by Renata Queiroz Dividino at Institute WeST
On 14th December Renata Queiroz Dividino, former researcher at the Institute for Web Science and Technologies (WeST), successfully defended her dissertation at the faculty of computer science at the University of Koblenz-Landau.
The new brochure of the Institute for Web Science and Technologies (WeST) at the University of Koblenz-Landau is now available. It covers the years from 2013 to 2016. Printed copies can obtained in room B 006 at the Campus in Koblenz and a digital copy is available online.
27 years ago the World Wide Web was born. Since then many things have changed: The Web has become the largest socio-technical construct of mankind, its users evolved from information consumers to socially connected prosumers.
On 25th November the department of Computer Science at the University of Koblenz-Landau hosted the graduation ceremony of the academic year 2015/2016. Among others, eight graduates from the Master’s Programme in Web Science received their certificates:02.12.2016
The Web Science discipline gets 10 years old in 2016. Research labs around the world, including Singapore, Bangalore, Berlin, London and Chicago, celebrate the anniversary. On 29th November as of 9.30am they stream showcases of Web Science research and contributions from the Web Science Trust’s Network of Labs (WSTNet) live: http://www.webscience.org/webscience10/tv-channel-webscience10/
On 16th November Christoph Carl Kling, researcher at GESIS and formerly WeST, defended his dissertation at the faculty of computer science at the University of Koblenz-Landau and completed his PhD with distinction.