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  • Taha YasseriTaha Yasseri 24 Apr 2015 15:33PM

    When and Where is Citizen Science happening?

    Citizen Science is research undertaken by professional scientists and members of the public collaboratively. The best example of it is Zooniverse. Since it first launched as a single project called Galaxy Zoo in 2007, the Zooniverse has grown into the world’s largest citizen science platform, with more than 25 science projects and over 1 million [...]

  • Policy and Internet BlogPolicy and Internet Blog 24 Apr 2015 12:34PM

    After dinner: the best time to create 1.5 million dollars of ground-breaking science

    Citizen science refers to collaborative research undertaken by professional scientists and the public. Since it first launched (as 'Galaxy Zoo') in 2007, the Zooniverse has grown into the world’s largest citizen science platform, with more than 25 science projects and over a million volunteer citizen scientists. The OII's Taha Yasseri, Nisa [...]

  • Taha YasseriTaha Yasseri 23 Apr 2015 16:10PM

    Wikipedia sockpuppetry: linking accounts to real people is pure speculation

    You must have heard about the recent accusation of Grant Shapps by the Guardian. Basically, the Guardian claims that Shapps has been editing his own Wikipedia page and “Wikipedia has blocked a user account on suspicions that it is being used by the Conservative party chairman, Grant Shapps, or someone acting on his behalf”. In a […] [...]

  • Social Election PredictionSocial Election Prediction 23 Apr 2015 14:25PM

    Wikipedia and Shapps: Sockpuppetry, Conflict of Interest, or None?

    Taha Yasseri Will the real Grant Shapps please stand up? ViciousCritic/Totally Socks, (CC BY-NC-SA) You must have heard about the recent accusation of Grant Shapps by the Guardian. Basically, the Guardian claims that Shapps has been editing his own Wikipedia page and “Wikipedia has blocked a user account on suspicions that it is being used [...]

  • Elections BlogElections Blog 23 Apr 2015 14:14PM

    Wikipedia and Shapps: Sockpuppetry, Conflict of Interest, or None?

    You must have heard about the recent accusation of Grant Shapps by the Guardian. Basically, the Guardian claims that Shapps has been editing his own Wikipedia page and “Wikipedia has blocked a user account on suspicions that it is being used by the Conservative party chairman, Grant Shapps, or someone acting on his behalf”. In a… Read More [...]

  • Josh CowlsJosh Cowls 21 Apr 2015 20:26PM

    The MPs whose Wikipedia pages have been edited from inside Parliament

    Grant Shapps is in the headlines after being accused of self-serving edits made to his own entry on Wikipedia, as well as unflattering changes made to rivals’ pages. But he may not be the only politician giving himself a virtual facelift. Analysis of the Twitter account @parliamentedits, which tracks edits to Wikipedia made from inside [...]

  • Elections BlogElections Blog 21 Apr 2015 16:05PM

    The MPs whose Wikipedia pages have been edited from inside parliament

    Grant Shapps is in the headlines after being accused of self-serving edits made to his own entry on Wikipedia, as well as unflattering changes made to rivals’ pages. But he may not be the only politician giving himself a virtual facelift. Analysis of the Twitter account @parliamentedits, which tracks edits to Wikipedia made from inside the Houses [...]

  • Digital EconomyDigital Economy 19 Apr 2015 23:45PM

    Open call – Data Catalyser

    The Digital Catapult is looking for Data Providers (organisations with large proprietary or closed datasets) and data experts, who might typically be startups or individuals extracting some form of value from datasets in the form of an insight, a new algorithm or a new service, to work with its Data Catalyser. The Data Catalyser platform… Read More [...]

  • Access DeniedAccess Denied 17 Apr 2015 17:14PM

    Fieldwork in North-Wales

    Last month we had a very productive week in North-Wales, talking to a variety of people who all struggled with slow and unreliable Internet access, both at home and at work. Of course the lack of fast Internet impacts differently on different people, but the main message is that it hinders people in achieving the […] [...]

  • Social Election PredictionSocial Election Prediction 16 Apr 2015 13:28PM

    Brief History of Political Wikipedia

    Wikipedia places among the top Google results for almost all topics – including political parties and politicians. This is why this Social Election Prediction Project exists; when voters seek information before an election they may turn to Wikipedia. Yet the earliest days of Wikipedia featured little political content. While the site itself [...]

  • Anne-Marie OostveenAnne-Marie Oostveen 16 Apr 2015 13:18PM

    CfP: Identification and Surveillance for Border Control Workshop, ISBC2015

    ISBC 2015 is the 1st international workshop on Identification and Surveillance for Border Control and will take place at Karlsruhe (Germany) on August 25th. This workshop proposes to bring together a wide range of researchers, industry, and practitioners of biometric and/or monitoring/surveillance technologies in ABC to share innovative ideas and [...]

  • Elections BlogElections Blog 16 Apr 2015 11:37AM

    A Brief History of Political Wikipedia

    Wikipedia places among the top Google results for almost all topics – including political parties and politicians. This is why the OII’s Social Election Prediction Project exists; when voters seek information before an election they may turn to Wikipedia. Yet the earliest days of Wikipedia featured little political content. While the site [...]

  • The problem with “cyberspace”

    Why should we be careful when we use the term “cyberspace”? That is the question I tackle in a piece I wrote that traces the history of the word, and argues that it can be unproductive to apply in many contemporary… Continue Reading → [...]

  • Is oDesk a global marketplace? Visualizing the geographies of digital work

    With the rise of online work platforms like Odesk, Elance, and Freelancer, a lot of work can, in theory, be done from anywhere on the planet. This has led to a lot of hopes that digital work can be used… Continue Reading → [...]

  • Jonathan BrightJonathan Bright 10 Apr 2015 16:31PM

    TICTEC 2015

    A couple of weeks ago I gave a presentation at TICTEC, mySociety‘s inaugural research conference on the impact of civic technology. It was an inspiring event with so many presentations from different organisations trying to make a difference in countries all over the world. There were a few academics there and hopefully we added some [...]

  • Elizabeth DuboisElizabeth Dubois 31 Mar 2015 15:21PM

    What does privacy mean?

    From Beyond Google, 2015, Dalhousie University. In Beyond Google, a third year information management course, we explored how data and information is stored, social and mobile. We started the course talking about media as an extension of the self and ended it with a look at protecting ourselves from privacy infringements. “Private” is, as most [...]

  • New publication – Mapping Information Wealth and Poverty: The Geography of Gazetteers

    Stefano and I have put together a short paper that will be forthcoming in Environment and Planning A. The paper focuses on the geography of geographic information, and builds on our work into the uneven geographies of information. It highlights how the very information… Continue Reading → [...]

  • GeoNet ProjectGeoNet Project 31 Mar 2015 13:31PM

    New paper – Mapping Information Wealth and Poverty: The Geography of Gazetteers

    Stefano and I have put together a short paper that will be forthcoming in Environment and Planning A. The paper focuses on the geography of geographic information, and builds on our work into the uneven geographies of information. It highlights how the very information systems that we use as ‘ground-truth’ are themselves characterised [...]

  • Rough ConsensusRough Consensus 25 Mar 2015 12:01PM

    Dear Taylor Swift: Can we talk about copyright?

    Hi Taylor, this is Eve Ahearn and Corinne Cattekwaad here. We realize you’re quite busy in between ‘never going out of style’ and being named business-woman of the year by a small Dutch newspaper but we also know you have lots of thoughts on the importance of copyright. Not only was your album 1989 the bestseller of 2014, you made headlines [...]

  • Policy and Internet BlogPolicy and Internet Blog 16 Mar 2015 08:00AM

    How can big data be used to advance dementia research?

    Dementia affects about 44 million individuals today, a number that is expected to triple by 2050. To date there is no cure or treatment. Ulrike Deetjen, Eric T. Meyer and Ralph Schroeder discuss the findings of an OECD-commissioned project to evaluate current best practices of data sharing in research on neurodegenerative diseases, for which they [...]