Future Internet and Society: A Complex Systems Perspective

The European Science Foundation (ESF), in partnership with COST is organising the following conference:

Future Internet and Society: A Complex Systems Perspective

Hotel Villa del Mare, Acquafredda di Maratea, Italy
2-7 October 2010

Chair: Romualdo Pastor-Satorras – Departament de Física i Enginyeria Nuclear (FIB), Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, ES
Co-Chair: Claudio Castellano – CNR-ISC (Istituto dei Sistemi Complessi) and Dipartimento di Fisica, Sapienza Universitá di Roma, IT

The digital revolution and the advent of the Internet are transforming the way we work, how we spend our free time. These phenomena are also changing how we communicate with each other and the way in which we establish and maintain our social relations. The relationship between Internet and society is complex and bidirectional, leading to a co-evolution of the two systems. In fact, the Internet exists because humans need networking and the Internet evolution is ultimately driven by our ever-increasing use of it.

The complexity of the current Internet structure and its future developments cannot be understood without taking a full multi-disciplinary approach. Such an approach must necessarily be based on the science of complex systems, and in particular complex network theory. It must also depend on social sciences and humanities to elucidate the underpinnings of the Internet at a societal and economic level.

This conference will bring together experts in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), social scientists, as well as experts in the area of complex systems They will assess the state-of-the-art, identify new trends and envision future developments in the intertwined domains of future Internet and society.

Topics that will be covered in the conference include:

– Internet topology and modelling
– Complex techno-social networks
– Modelling of collective social behaviour
– Social and human dynamics
– Spreading and epidemics in techno-social systems
– Virtual social systems
– Co-evolution of Internet and society
– Internet as a socio-economical system
– Mobile social networks
– Internet enabled applications and business
– Future Internet as a techno-social system.

To learn more about the conference, please click here.

Note that you may use Gephi to explore your data and present your results, like the EuroSiS web-mapping study “Mapping interactions between Science in Society actors on the Web of 12 European countries”.

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