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  • Jonathan BrightJonathan Bright 1 Oct 2014 09:13AM

    Can electoral popularity be predicted using socially generated big data?

    New article published with Taha Yasseri in IT – Information Technology. A short piece making the case for theoretically informed social media predictions, which is part of a larger project we are running with support from the Fell Fund over the next year or so. Read it here: [...]

  • Our paper at the Network Inclusion Roundtable: Geographies of Information Inequality in Sub-Saharan Africa

    Chris Foster and I have had the opportunity to participate in the Network Inclusion Roundtable: organised by IT For Change in Bangalore. Our short paper, titled ‘Geographies of Information Inequality in Sub-Saharan Africa‘ is available at this link. The paper… Continue Reading → [...]

  • Digital EconomyDigital Economy 24 Sep 2014 15:12PM

    Working with IoT products or services? Get a Boost from the Digital Catapult

    The recent increase in affordable hardware, such as Arduino and Raspberry Pi, has allowed startups and SMEs working with the Internet of Things to explore the future of connected products. When you’re a startup in the Internet of Things, though, it’s often hard to have access to the right expertise at the right time. If […] [...]

  • Jonathan BrightJonathan Bright 22 Sep 2014 15:12PM

    Policy and Internet

    I’ve recently been appointed as an editor of the OII’s journal Policy and Internet, which recently celebrated its fifth anniversary. There are major plans underway to develop and expand the journal so it’s an exciting project to be joining, [...]

  • Jonathan BrightJonathan Bright 18 Sep 2014 13:39PM

    #indyref on Wikipedia

    My colleague Taha Yasseri and I are currently working on a Fell Fund project on social media data and election prediction, looking especially at data from Google and Wikipedia (first paper out soon; will also be presenting on that at IPP 2014 which should be great). As part of that we thought we’d have a […] [...]

  • Mark GrahamMark Graham 18 Sep 2014 07:15AM

    Hashtags and Haggis: Mapping the Scottish Referendum

    Reposted from our work over at Floatingsheep... The past weeks have been quite eventful in Scotland as a monumental election unfolds. Everyone wants to know, which way will the Scots vote? While we here at Floatingsheep certainly don't have the answer or power to predict the referendum, we thought it might be interesting to see the geographic [...]

  • Monica BulgerMonica Bulger 18 Sep 2014 01:37AM

    Can apps play by COPPA’s rules?

    Increasingly, children are accessing mobile applications via cell phones and tablets at younger ages. Recent Pew Internet studies find that 68% of children aged 12-13 own a cell phone and 71% access the Internet via a mobile device (phone, tablet, or other mobile device). Within this age group, 66% report downloading a mobile app. These… [...]

  • What is a tech innovation hub anyway?

    Innovation and entrepreneurship “hubs” and “labs” are all the rage these days. A wide range of actors is convinced that hubs represent a genuinely new and exciting model for supporting (tech) entrepreneurs, in particular in Sub-Saharan Africa, which is the… Continue Reading → [...]

  • Monica BulgerMonica Bulger 13 Sep 2014 04:52AM

    TMZ publishes celebrity child abuse images — is there any line TMZ won’t cross?

    In coverage of Adrian Peterson’s alleged abuse of his 4 year old child, TMZ has crossed the line by posting close-up images of the child victim in his underwear. A website known for its sensationalism has gone too far, exposing an already victimized child to further publicity to which he cannot consent. TMZ might argue… [...]

  • Mark GrahamMark Graham 12 Sep 2014 16:21PM

    Society and the Internet - Introduction now available online

    The introduction to our new book: 'Society & the Internet' is now freely available online. You can download it at this link. The introduction provides a survey of some of the most pressing issues in Internet Studies and outlines how the book tackles them.  As a reminder for anyone interested in purchasing the book, you can use the codes [...]

  • Policy and Internet BlogPolicy and Internet Blog 9 Sep 2014 08:04AM

    The life and death of political news: using online data to measure the impact of the audience agenda

    The political agenda has always been shaped by what the news media decide to publish, and the question of how much influence the audience has in these decisions has always been ambiguous. To assess the possible influence of new audience metrics on decisions made by political news editors, Jonathan Bright and Tom Nicholls undertook a large-scale [...]

  • Policy and Internet BlogPolicy and Internet Blog 8 Sep 2014 08:20AM

    What explains the worldwide patterns in user-generated geographical content?

    How do we explain the significant inequalities in the geography of user-generated information? Mark Graham, PI of a project Mapping and measuring local knowledge production and representation in the Middle East and North Africa, shows that a large part of the country-level variation can be explained by just three factors. Read the full paper: [...]

  • Jonathan BrightJonathan Bright 4 Sep 2014 15:42PM

    Ideology and Social Structure on Twitter

    Last week I was at the VOXPOL conference @ King’s College London. Vast majority of researchers were talking about terrorists and extremists, so I was a bit out of my field; though interestingly they were also all talking about big data and computational social science, which seems to be a staple in every social science […] [...]

  • Access DeniedAccess Denied 4 Sep 2014 09:04AM

    UK coverage of superfast broadband highest of “five biggest European economies”?

    In a recent article, the BBC commented on the developments of broadband connectivity in the UK. According to the government, more than 1 million properties are now connected to the so-called superfast broadband, with connection speeds of 24mb/s or more. The government even claims that the “current UK coverage of superfast broadband is the [...]

  • Ian BrownIan Brown 1 Sep 2014 11:10AM

    A tour of NATO's cyber HQ

    Little Green Men by Anton Holoborodko (Антон Голобородько), CC BY-SA 3.0 NATO is in the news today, declaring that a cyber-attack on any of the military alliance's members could lead to an joint response under Article V of the North Atlantic Treaty. Russia's invasion of Ukraine — reluctant as most NATO members are to label it as such — [...]

  • Access DeniedAccess Denied 31 Aug 2014 17:35PM

    News Digest Rural Broadband: August 2014

    It has been a slow month for news on slow internet connections. But we have still managed to collect a few articles related to rural broadband. 28 August – Rural broadband: still life on a branch line The UK now boasts some of the best average broadband speeds in Europe, but this still leaves a […] [...]

  • Off to Explore the Inner Workings of African Tech Innovation Networks

    Even if you are just a casual follower of technology in developing countries, you will probably by now have come across blog posts and news articles touting Africa’s tech entrepreneurship boom.[1] Indeed, the first fast-growing mobile app startups have come… Continue Reading → [...]

  • Cristobal CoboCristobal Cobo 22 Aug 2014 14:12PM

    The shifting ecology of online scholarly communication

    The expansion of the Internet as well as other digital technologies has brought a great deal of interest as well as new opportunities to our society, one clear example of that is how open access initiatives have already diversified the … Continue reading → [...]

  • Three events in Kigali exploring changing connectivities

    As part of our research work on changing connectivity in East Africa we will be undertaking three meetings this week in Kigali, Rwanda. These will summarise the findings around our research work in the tourism, tea and BPO sectors in… Continue Reading → [...]

  • Diary of an internet geography project #4

    Continuing with our series of blog posts exposing the workings behind a multidisciplinary big data project, we talk this week about the process of moving between small data and big data analyses. Last week, we did a group deep dive into our data.… Continue Reading → [...]