The British Computer Society is to be one of the main sponsors of this year's World Wide Web Conference (WWW2006), which is coming to the UK for the first time.
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As reported in Computer Weekly (29 November 2005), the conference, which takes place in Edinburgh on 23-26 May, is expected to attract more than 1,500 delegates from all over the world.
Principal speakers will include inventor of the web Tim Berners-Lee; Philip Hallam-Baker, who has been heavily involved in the development of web protocols such as HTTP, SAML and WS-Security; and NHS director general of IT Richard Granger.
Since the first event in 1994, the annual WWW conference has brought together experts from around the world to explore the possibilities and future development of the web.
WWW2006 offers those attending the chance to to debate online technology issues with heads of industry, government and the architects of the web. Such discussion is seen as vital to help create future applications for business and the web's wider user base.
The conference programme will feature papers on technical innovations in areas including mobile web, security and privacy, and the semantic web. Speakers will explore different applications of web technology and speculate on how they might affect users. There will also be panel discussions and question-and-answer sessions.
The event runs for four days, each with a particular theme. Day-one, entitled Business Success, will have a commercial focus. This will be followed by a day discussing the new wave of capability for the web, looking at how it could transform society over the next decade.
The third day will tackle global issues such as science, security and education. The last day will concentrate on society and the web and the repercussions of the technology for health. Discussions will cover confidentiality, terrorism, democracy, fraud and child protection.