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  • 23 November 2015

    The Ethics Centre


    Brent Mittelstadt writes about the implications of increased surveillance for privacy in the wake of Australia's new data retention law coming into effect.

  • 17 November 2015

    BBC News

    Will Big Data lead to Big Brother?

    A BBC documentary explored ways in which authoritarian regimes use data to monitor their citizens behaviour. Taha Yasseri pointed out that social media offers an easy way for surveillance and even prediction of behaviour.

  • 12 November 2015

    ethics centre

    I’ll Be Watching You – Privacy in a Surveillance Age

    Australia has passed a new data retention law for telecommunications providers which requires Telecoms and ISPs to retain metadata of personal communications for two years. Brent Mittelstadt considers the implications for individuals' privacy.

  • 11 November 2015


    'If people knew what bulk collection in Investigatory Powers Bill really meant, there'd be uproar' privacy expert tells MPs

    Joss Wright gave evidence to the House of commons Science and Technology Committee. The powers outlined in the Investigator Powers Bill represent a gross invasion of privacy, he said.

  • 21 October 2015

    BBC News Technology

    Apple tells US judge iPhones are 'impossible' to unlock

    Apple has said that it cannot access encrypted data on newer iPhones despite a request by the US Department of Justice to do so. Joss Wright says that the core encryption is nearly unbreakable and no-one can unlock a device without the key.

  • 16 October 2015


    Can Google predict who will win the election?

    In an article about predicting election results the major Canadian news magazine quotes a research study by Taha Yasseri and Jonathan Bright on whether electoral popularity can be predicted using socially generated big data.

  • 14 October 2015

    Digital Leaders blog

    How the Latest Academic Research is Informing Digital Health

    Professor Simeon Yates summarises the key points from Ulrike Deetjen's presentation at the Digital Leaders Research Salon on Digital Health.

  • 14 October 2015


    Robots are taking our white collar jobs, too

    In a forthcoming book, Richard and Daniel Susskind explore the future when, they predict, robots take over more of the professional work currently carried out by humans.

  • 13 October 2015

    ABC Australia

    Call me Steve: the extraordinary life of Stephanie Shirley

    The lifetime achievements and philanthropy of the OII’s founding donor, Dame Stephanie Shirley are profiled in a talk by Mark Dodgson of the University of Queensland for Australian Radio Network.

  • 11 October 2015


    Internet For All Is An Impossible Dream Right Now

    Mark Graham authors an article in which he challenges the notion that within 10 years the internet will be available to everyone, pointing out problems of affordability and digital divide.

  • 11 October 2015

    Frankfurter Allgemeine

    We need a new definition of reality

    In an extensive interview published in Frankfurter Allgemeine, Luciano Floridi explores some of the major questions provoked by the rapid growth of information technologies and the implications for mankind.

  • 10 October 2015

    VICE Motherboard

    The UK's Piracy Battle Is an Ongoing Arms Race

    The struggle between the copoyright holders in creative industries and illegal file sharers is described as an 'ongoing arms race' by Joss Wright who nonetheless doubts that creative industries are harmed by the practice.

  • 10 October 2015

    The Economist

    Under my thumb

    Commenting on a case in the USA courts adjudicating on Goverment demands for Microsoft to hand over data stored in Ireland, Viktor Mayer-Schönberger says there is a need for a global-clearing house for law-enforcement.

  • 9 October 2015

    The New York Times

    Behind the European Privacy Ruling That’s Confounding Silicon Valley

    In the wake of European Court of Justice ruling on the 'safe harbor' agreement relating to the transfer of personal data between Europe and the US, Viktor Mayer-Schönberger comments on the meaning of data-protection.

  • 9 October 2015


    Landmark week for data privacy

    In the week European Courts over-ruling the 'safe harbor' ruling on trans-Atlantic data sharing, Viktor Mayer-Schönberger comments on data protection.

  • 9 October 2015

    VICE Motherboard

    ​These Computer Scientists Are Making a ‘Global Map of Sexism’

    In an innovative project, physicist Taha Yasser and fellow OII humanities based researchers are using data from the Every Day Sexism project to produce the first data-driven map charting global sexism

  • 8 October 2015

    The Conversation

    Internet for all remains an impossible dream, no matter what Jimmy Wales says

    Mark Graham argues that despite predictions from Jimmy Wales, problems of affordability and new digital divides will impede progress towards world-wide internet connectivity.

  • 6 October 2015

    South China Morning Post

    Why we should let our digital data decay

    A long article on 'digital hoarding' refers to Viktor Mayer-Schönbeger's book Delete: The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age and quotes him extensively.

  • 5 October 2015

    The Guardian

    Cybersecurity for the work-anywhere generation

    Mariarosaria Taddeo warns against oversimplifying when discussing online personal security. Organisations need to focus on explaining the dangers better,she says

  • 5 October 2015

    The Independent

    Edward Snowden: Smartphone users can do 'very little' to stop security services getting control of devices

    Joss Wright's contribution to the recent BBC Panorama programme in which Edward Snowden gave his first British television interview is noted. Dr Wright told the programme that there is 'huge amount' of data transmitting the UK

  • 5 October 2015

    Panorama, BBC1

    Edward Snowden: Spies and the Law

    Panorama talked to Edward Snowden in his first UK interview as part of an investigation into government surveillance and security. Joss Wright comments about the volume of data being transmitted hourly

  • 5 October 2015

    BBC R4

    Start the Week

    OII Director Helen Margetts joined authors Jonathan Franzen and Gillian Tett on the Radio 4 flagship show to discuss issues raised in their new books.

  • 2 October 2015

    Hurriyet Daily News

    Four billion people remain remain without Internet globally

    The Turkish news site reports on research by Mark Graham and colleagues on internet accessibility worldwide.

  • 25 September 2015

    NHS-approved health apps leaking private data

    A study of health-service-approved apps reveals that not all of them securely protect personal data. Mariarosaria Taddeo emphasised the need to include ethical considerations when designing apps to ensure users private data is safeguarded.

  • 25 September 2015

    Global Research

    Profiled From Radio to Porn, British Spies Track Web Users’ Online Identities

    Joss Wright points out that the cables that transport foreign communications also transport wholly British interactions allowing the UK, Government Communications Headquarters to monitor its citizens online activity.