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Tetherless World Research Constellation
Constellation Launch Event June 11, 2008
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Rensselaer and the Tetherless World Research Constellation are partnering with one of the most widely read technology blogs in the world, ReadWriteWeb, to help engage the entire Web community in this interactive event. Ranked among Technorati’s Top 10 blogs in the world, ReadWriteWeb is the lead blog in a growing network of blogs devoted to Web technology, and is an ideal partner to link the community of the Web to Rensselaer.

On June 11, 2008, leading authorities on the World Wide Web will gather at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for an old-fashioned debate with a social media twist. The questions for discussion will be shaped and selected by the collective wisdom of Web users from around the world.

After delivering a keynote address, Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the Web, will join a panel of experts from academia and industry for a public discussion about the Web’s future.

The content of the debate will be collaboratively created by Web users, who can submit questions and promote them through a user-based ranking system, similar to the community-based news site Digg. The most popular questions will drive the discussion at the June 11 debate.

The public debate, which will be streamed live via an interactive Webcast, is part of a daylong event to celebrate the launch of the Tetherless World Constellation at Rensselaer — a new academic center devoted to the emerging field of Web Science.

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 Submit Your Questions Now
Members of the public are invited to submit and vote on questions for the panelists until the day of the debate.
 Live Webcast
Watch the live Webcast* during the discussion on June 11. Viewers will be able to interact with panelists by submitting follow-up questions and comments in real time.
*Tech specs for Macintosh users: OS X 10.4.8 or later, Safari 2.0.4 or later or Firefox 2.0 or later, and the free Microsoft Silverlight plugin (you will be prompted to install this when you first visit the Rensselaer Webcast page)
Schedule of Events

2:30 p.m. (EST) – Opening Remarks
Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D.,
President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

2:45 p.m. – Keynote Address
Tim Berners-Lee, Senior Research Scientist
MIT Laboratory for Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence

3:45 p.m. – Issue Debate
“Washington, Wikipedia, and Web 3.0:
What is the Future of the Web?


Please Register to Attend at the Auditorium:
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The World Wide Web changed the ways people work, play, communicate, collaborate, and educate. But without new research aimed at understanding the current, evolving and potential Web, we may miss or delay opportunities for new and revolutionary capabilities.

To model the Web, to understand the architectural principles that have provided for its growth, and to ensure it supports the basic social values of trustworthiness, personal control over information, and respect for social boundaries, then we must pursue a research agenda that targets the Web and its use as a primary focus of attention.

Rensselaer’s Tetherless World Constellation addresses this emerging area of “Web Science,” focusing on the World Wide Web and its future use.

Faculty in the constellation explore the research and engineering principles that underlie the Web, enhance the Web’s reach beyond the desktop and laptop computer, and develop new technologies and languages to expand the capabilities of the Web.

We use powerful scientific and mathematical techniques to explore the modeling of the Web from network- and information-centric views. We aim to make the next generation Web natural to use while responsive to a growing variety of policy and social needs.

Tetherless World
The Tetherless World Constellation designs new techniques to explore social, scientific, and legal impacts of the evolving technologies deployed on the Web.

Specific topics addressed in the constellation include:

  • Semantic Web technology
  • Knowledge provenance and explanation
  • Privacy, policy, and workflow transparency
  • Tetherless and mobile Web access
  • Trust, social networking and collaboration technologies for the Web
  • Network-centric concepts for the defense, industrial and Intelligence sectors
  • Cyber infrastructure in general with initial focus on eScience cyber infrastructure
  • Ontology evolution, management and use in diverse disciplines
  • Ethical, policy and social aspects of Web use and usability

Tetherless World Constellation Web Site

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