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  • Walls and the West Bank

    I have just returned from the 7th International Conference on Critical Geography in Ramallah in the West Bank. The decision to hold the conference in Ramallah was a bold one (explained in more detail on the conference web site). I… Continue Reading → [...]

  • Jonathan BrightJonathan Bright 28 Jul 2015 08:48AM

    The real component of virtual learning

    Monica Bulger, Cristobal Cobo and I have a new paper out in Information, Communication and Society where we investigate real world meetings organised by MOOC users. These meetings are sort of contradictory as of course one of the advantages of MOOCs is that they are online and can be accessed anywhere without the need to […] [...]

  • Elizabeth DuboisElizabeth Dubois 27 Jul 2015 18:20PM

    Trace Interview Workshop at #SMSociety15

    This morning Devin Gaffney and I ran a workshop on trace interviews at the Social Media and Society Conference. Trace interviews involve collecting and visualizing trace data (in this case, social media data, like tweets or likes). The researcher brings visualizations into the interview setting and invites the interviewee to help interpret the [...]

  • Policy and Internet BlogPolicy and Internet Blog 27 Jul 2015 08:12AM

    Uber and Airbnb make the rules now — but to whose benefit?

    Ride-hailing app Uber is close to replacing government-licensed taxis in some cities, while Airbnb’s accommodation rental platform has become a serious competitor to government-regulated hotel markets. Many other apps and platforms are trying to do the same in other sectors of the economy. In my previous post, I argued that platforms can be viewed [...]

  • Policy and Internet BlogPolicy and Internet Blog 27 Jul 2015 07:48AM

    Why are citizens migrating to Uber and Airbnb, and what should governments do about it?

    Cars were smashed and tires burned in France last month in protests against the ride hailing app Uber. Less violent protests have also been staged against Airbnb, a platform for renting short-term accommodation. Despite the protests, neither platform shows any signs of faltering. Uber says it has a million users in France, and is available [...]

  • Policy and Internet BlogPolicy and Internet Blog 23 Jul 2015 10:57AM

    How big data is breathing new life into the smart cities concept

    “Big data” is a growing area of interest for public policy makers: for example, it was highlighted in UK Chancellor George Osborne’s recent budget speech as a major means of improving efficiency in public service delivery. While big data can apply to government at every level, the majority of innovation is currently being driven by […] [...]

  • Vyacheslav PolonskiVyacheslav Polonski 23 Jul 2015 09:36AM

    Reconfiguring Physical Spaces through Locative Media

    Book review of “Smartphones as Locative Media” by Jordan FrithContinue reading on Medium » [...]

  • GeoNet ProjectGeoNet Project 22 Jul 2015 14:01PM

    The Archipelago of Disconnection

    The two previous blog posts in this small series discussed Internet population and growing Internet access worldwide. In this post we turn our eyes to territories that are largely left out of global digital connectivity. We look at these areas in terms of Internet penetration (i.e. the share of their population that have “used the Internet… [...]

  • New job working with the Geonet team at the Oxford Internet Institute: ‘Researcher in ICTs, Geography and Development’

    We are now hiring a researcher to work with us to investigate low-wage digital work being carried out in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Oxford Internet Institute is a leading centre for research into individual, collective and institutional behaviour on the Internet. We are… Continue Reading → [...]

  • GeoNet ProjectGeoNet Project 22 Jul 2015 10:56AM

    New job working with us at the Oxford Internet Institute: ‘Researcher in ICTs, Geography and Development’

    We are now hiring a researcher to work with us to investigate low-wage digital work being carried out in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Oxford Internet Institute is a leading centre for research into individual, collective and institutional behaviour on the Internet. We are looking for a full-time Researcher to work with Professor Mark Graham on the… Read [...]

  • Social Election PredictionSocial Election Prediction 21 Jul 2015 09:49AM

    Not Just #GE2015: Other 2015 Polling Failures

    The failure of pollsters in #GE2015 was covered widely, including in a previous post here, but it was not the only opinion polling failure that year. Polls also failed to predict results by wide margins in the national elections in Israel and Poland. The history of polling as we know it now is pretty short, […] [...]

  • GeoNet ProjectGeoNet Project 14 Jul 2015 16:00PM

    Changing Internet Access

    The Importance of Being Connected The Internet is ever more important to contemporary economic, social, and political activity. Thus, it is important to map who and where is (and isn’t) connected and can (or cannot) participate. Changing Internet Penetration by World Region In our last post, we primarily discussed how the number of people with [...]

  • SECT ProjectSECT Project 14 Jul 2015 12:37PM

    Wikimedian in Action!

    Following the launch of Digital.Bodleian after years of work by Bodleian Digital Library colleagues the Bodleian Libraries’ Wikimedian in Residence, Martin Poulter, describes how images from this freely available resource are already being used to augment articles in Wikipedia in a post on … Continue reading → [...]

  • Jonathan BrightJonathan Bright 10 Jul 2015 08:14AM

    Public Policy, Big Data and Smart Cities

    I have just got back from the International Conference on Public Policy in Milan, where I was attending a stream of internet and public policy panels, as well as presenting a paper on explaining open data outcomes which I am currently working on together with some colleagues here at the OII. The conference itself was […] [...]

  • Project case studies now available

    We are delighted that we can now make available five of the case studies written by researchers across the humanities and social sciences. More will be available via this blog soon. At the beginning of the project we had a … Continue reading → [...]

  • GeoNet ProjectGeoNet Project 8 Jul 2015 11:07AM

    The World Online

    Description This map shows the total number of Internet users in a country (size of the country) as well as the percentage of the population that has Internet access (shade of the country). It is an update of our 2011 visualization. Data and Method The map uses 2013 data on Internet users and population that… Read More » [...]

  • The Geographies of Science

    Description This graph illustrates the number of journal articles produced around the world. Data The data used in this graph are from Thomson Reuters’ Web of Science, which “provides access to the world’s leading citation databases” and “includes current and… Continue Reading → [...]

  • CII at Global Conference on Economic Geography 2015

    We will be organising and contributing to a number of sessions at the Global Conference on Economic Geography (GCEG 2015) which will be held here in Oxford on 19-23 August, 2015. Of interest for those working at the intersection of… Continue Reading → [...]

  • GeoNet ProjectGeoNet Project 1 Jul 2015 15:38PM

    The Geographies of Science

    Description This graph illustrates the number of journal articles produced around the world. Data The data used in this graph are from Thomson Reuters’ Web of Science, which “provides access to the world’s leading citation databases” and “includes current and retrospective journal and proceedings data in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and [...]

  • Jonathan BrightJonathan Bright 30 Jun 2015 08:17AM

    New Paper in European Union Politics

    I have just published a paper in European Union Politics, together with Diego Garzia, Joseph Lacey and Alex Trechsel of the EUI. The paper was the fruition of a long term research project examining potential ways of changing the European Parliament’s electoral system, focussed in particular on allowing people to vote for parties in any [...]