The Web is a critical global infrastructure.
A shet load of data ©

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Monday 24 November 2014 -
17:00 to 18:30
Audimax of the Technical University Berlin

Image: © Duncan Hull via Flickr / Creative Commons

A world of data

The Web is a critical global infrastructure.  Since its emergence in the 1990s, it has exploded into hundreds of billions of pages that touch almost all aspects of modern life. We are now rapidly moving into a world of data on the Web, which gives rise to even more opportunities and challenges, as well as the world of the mobile Web, which gives us yet more degrees of freedom and at the same time constraint. 

Dame Wendy Hall

In her lecture “Whose Web is it Anyway?” Dame Wendy Hall will address the origins, current state and future of the Web, and examine the critical questions that will determine how the Web evolves as both a social and a technical network:  What impact it has had, and will continue to have, on the world, and crucially, who will determine where it is going next.

Dame Wendy Hall, DBE, FRS, FREng is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southampton, and is a Director of the Web Science Institute. She was Dean of the Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering from 2010-2014. With Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Sir Nigel Shadbolt she co-founded the Web Science Research Initiative in 2006 and she is currently a Director of the Web Science Trust, which has a global mission to support the development of research, education and thought leadership in Web Science.

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The Queen’s Lectures were founded by Queen Elizabeth II as a gift to the City of Berlin on the occasion of her state visit in 1965. Since 1997 the Queen’s Lecture takes place at the TU Berlin.

Details and Registration

The Queen’s Lecture will be held in English. Entrance is free.

Date: Monday 24 November 2014, 17:00 – 18:30
Venue: Audimax of the Technical University Berlin, TU Main Building, Strasse des 17. Juni 135, 10623 Berlin

Please register in advance by clicking on the following link: Queen's Lecture 2014 Registration