At this public symposium, which will take place during the annual meeting of the National Academy of Sciences, panelists will explore these questions, as well as the methods -- computational, mathematical, and social-science -- used by researchers to better understand Web communities. They will also discuss economics and game theory, and the effects of connectivity on the marketplace.
DETAILS: Sunday, May 1, from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the auditorium of the National Academies building, 2100 C St., N.W., Washington, D.C.
- Michael Kearns, professor, department of computer and information science, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
- Duncan Watts, associate professor of sociology, Columbia University, New York City
- Tim Roughgarden, assistant professor of computer science, Stanford University, Stanford, Calif.
For more information, call the National Academy of Sciences at 202 334-2444.