Web Science

Web science: how the web is changing the world

Explore how the web has changed our world in the past 25 years and what might happen next.

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About the course

This course has now finished, but you can sign up for the next run of this course which will take place later in 2014.

You may be an avid user of the Web but this introductory course in Web Science will help you to understand the Web as a both social system and a technical system: a global information infrastructure built from the interactions of people and technologies.

We will examine the origins and evolution of the Web, and consider key questions of Security, Democracy, Networks and Economy from both computational and social science perspectives.

By following this course, you will have a greater understanding of the Web and begin to develop skills for the digital era - skills that are useful for everyday life and widely sought by the technology driven employers of today.

This is the start of a journey that could help you shape the future of the World Wide Web.