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January/February 2011 (vol. 26 no. 1)
pp. 22-25
James Hendler, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Wendy Hall, University of Southampton

The Web is a critical global infrastructure. Since its emergence in the mid-1990s, it has exploded into hundreds of billions of pages that touch almost all aspects of modern life. Today the jobs of more and more people depend on the Web. Media, banking, and healthcare are being revolutionized by it, and governments are even considering how to run their countries with it. This is the second half of a two-part special issue with some of the best articles from the inaugural Web Science Conference. The five articles in this issue, joined with the previous six, show the scope and scale of the many facets of the emerging science of the Web and illustrate some of the many ways the Web can be studied.

1. J. Hendler et al., "Web Science: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Understanding the World Wide Web," Comm. ACM, July 2008.
2. A. Clark and D.J. Chalmers, "The Extended Mind, Published in Analysis," vol. 5, 1998, pp. 10–23;

Index Terms:
intelligent systems, Web science, spam, society online, Web Science Conference
James Hendler, Wendy Hall, "Society Online, Part 2," IEEE Intelligent Systems, vol. 26, no. 1, pp. 22-25, Jan.-Feb. 2011, doi:10.1109/MIS.2011.20
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