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We are marking the 30th anniversary of the Web with keynotes, special tracks, over 350 accepted research papers and more than 50 workshops and tutorials. Here is our official press announcement:

The annual Web Conference, the world’s leading and longest standing conference on the technology behind the World Wide Web, will take place in San Francisco, May 13–17, 2019. The 2019 edition will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Web at a time where more than 50% of the world’s population is connected. The event will provide a forum for more than 1,500 industry professionals, researchers, policy makers, developers, and other practitioners to reflect on, discuss and debate the evolution of the Web, and its impact on society and culture while identifying future opportunities and research directions that can help us create a Web that is open, safe, inclusive, and balanced: a Web for good.

This year’s conference features prominent keynotes by Senior Google Fellow, Jeff Dean, TED Fellow and founder of First Draft, Claire Wardle, and the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School, Lawrence Lessig. The conference keynote speakers will frame the role of the Web in solving some of the biggest challenges we face globally. Jeff Dean will highlight how the widely popular TensorFlow system, designed to easily express machine learning ideas and train, evaluate and deploy machine learning systems, can be used to solve the National Academy of Engineering’s Grand Engineering Challenges for the 21st Century. Claire Wardle will outline the need to build a healthier Web information commons to deal with online misinformation and improve collective decision-making. Lawrence Lessig will introduce the third phase of internet, the surveillance phase, and the threats it can bring to society and our democracies in the absence of better governance structures.

To address the defining issues of the Web today the conference program includes special tracks, workshops, tutorials and co-located conferences including:

  • Research: The authors of over 350 research papers will present and discuss their most recent research in 11 research tracks including Crowdsourcing and Human Computation, Health on the Web, Intelligent Systems and Infrastructure, Search, Security and Privacy, and beyond.
  • Web of Health: a special one-day track with the goal of strengthening the connection between the healthcare and the web research communities to advance the use of the Web for social good.
  • Designing an Ethical Web: a special one-day track exploring the role of technical design — standards, implementations, and interfaces — on human rights, current efforts and pressing challenges, and visions for building a more just and ethical web.
  • The Future of the Open Web: a special one-day track centering on “openness” in the context of three dimensions: open-source software, open science, and open platforms.
  • BIG: a one-day track providing a forum for academic and industry big data leaders to discuss the latest innovations in the space and debate the emerging fairness, privacy and legal issues the use of big data poses.
  • Web4All Conference: the premier venue for Web accessibility research will explore the impact of personalization technology on accessibility.
  • Workshops: More than 20 workshops on topics including Deep Learning for Graphs and Structured Data Embedding, Sequence-aware Recommender Systems, Wikipedia, and beyond.
  • Tutorials: A wide range of tutorials on topics including Designing Equitable Algorithms for the Web, Representation Learning on Networks: Theories, Algorithms, and Applications, Deep Learning for Chatbots, and more.

About The Web Conference 
Since its first event, in 1994 at CERN, The Web Conference (formerly WWW Conference) has provided scientists, researchers, policy makers, activists and technology industry leaders with the forum to discuss the evolution of Web and its impact on business, culture and society The conference is organized each year by a local team of volunteers in different parts of the world in collaboration with the International World Wide Web Conferences Steering Committee (IW3C2). This year’s conference is organized by Web4Good, a non-profit organization with 501(c)(3) status and sponsored by Microsoft (Diamond); Amazon, Bloomberg and Google (Gold); Criteo AI Lab, Cisco, NTENT, Spotify, Yahoo Research and Wikimedia Foundation (Silver); and Baidu, DiDi, eBay, Facebook, LinkedIn, Megagon Labs, Mix, Mozilla, Netflix Research, Northeastern University, Pinterest, Quora, Visa Research and Walmart Labs (Bronze). For more information on The Web Conference 2019, visit https://www2019.thewebconf.org/. For updates on future events, visit: https://www.iw3c2.org/

Source: Artificial Intelligence on Medium

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