Diversity, Bias, online social relations and related issues

Diversity, Bias, online social relations and related issues: WeNet at the 30th The Web Conference 2021

Our Project Coordinator, Prof. Fausto Giunchiglia from University of Trento will bring WeNet to the 30th The Web Conference. This year The Web Conference will take place as a virtual event from April 12-23, 2021. The Web Conference, formerly known as WWW conference, is a prestigious and long-established international conference on the topic of the World Wide Web.

Since 1994, the Conference provides the world with a premier forum for discussion and debate about the evolution of the Web, the standardization of its associated technologies, and the impact of those technologies on society and culture. This event brings together researchers, policymakers, developers, users and commercial ventures.

Prof. Giunchiglia keynote speech titled: “Diversity, Bias, online social relations and related issues” will focus on how the Web has transformed our lives by allowing us to transcend temporal, geographical and cultural borders.

It is a fact that we get exposed daily to a seemingly unbound amount of diversity and, therefore, of opportunities; think for instance of the emergence of global digital platforms. At the same time, the Web often does not allow for prolonged interactions, thus amplifying the negative effects of diversity, in particular when it is unknown and unexpected; think for instance of the emergence of online fake news, bias and unethical behaviour.

This talk will distinguish between two types of diversity, that we call inessential and essential diversity. The first part will be focused on the analysis of inessential diversity, by far the one mostly studied so far, trying to put the current work on various related issues e.g., bias, transparency, fairness, under a new perspective. The second part will concentrate on essential diversity describing the first results of a large project whose main goal is to exploit diversity towards the empowerment of new types of online social relations.

Do not miss prof. Giunchiglia keynote speech on Tuesday April 20, at 9 am CEST.
For more detail and to register: https://www2021.thewebconf.org