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  • 1 December 2014

    Oxford Internet Institute

    Call for Abstracts: 2nd International Conference on Public Policy (Milan, 1-4 July 2015)

    Abstracts are invited for the second International Conference on Public Policy (Catholic University of Sacro Cuore, Milan: 1-4 July 2015), held in associateion with the journal Policy and Internet.

  • 26 November 2014

    New York Times

    ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ Should Apply Worldwide, E.U. Panel Says

    Google faces challenges implementing the European ruling on the rights of personal data protection, following the so-called right to be forgotten ruling of the ECJ. Ian Brown says it will be a case of who blinks first.

  • 26 November 2014

    San Francisco Chronicle

    Privacy right on Google should apply worldwide, EU panel says

    Google faces challenges implementing the European ruling on the rights of personal data protection, following the so-called right to be forgotten ruling of the ECJ. Ian Brown says it will be a case of who blinks first.

  • 25 November 2014

    BBC5 Live


    The Intelligence and security committee published its report on the murder of drummer Lee Rigby. Professor Ian Brown addresses the technical and practical challenges relating to the monitoring of social media. (from 2.15.00)

  • 25 November 2014


    Is Facebook a safe haven for terrorists?

    On the day that the Intelligence and Security Committee report murder of Lee Rigby's murder was published, Ian Brown provided expert comment to Newsnight’s report on the background and the role played by social media companies. (20.12 on the clock)

  • 25 November 2014

    Motherboard -

    The Politics of Emoji Diversity

    Proposals have been put forward to diversify emoji, the digital images of faces used to denote expression, which are currently predominantly white. Bernie Hogan claims this will alter profoundly our understanding of emoji.

  • 17 November 2014


    25 maps and charts on language

    Vox features the map by Mark Graham et al showing the language in which the plurality of Wikipedia articles are written about particular countries. It shows that English is the major language even for articles about non Anglophone countries.

  • 17 November 2014

    The Conversation

    Broadband may be East Africa’s 21st century railway to the world

    Similarities and differences in the hopes, expectations and fears surrounding the advent of the Uganda Railway in 1903 and the introduction of the internet to Africa in 2009 have been compared by Mark Graham and team.

  • 13 November 2014

    Motherboard -

    The Spammers Who Chase After Autographs

    The practice of spamming to elicit autographs is increasing. Bernie Hogan speculates on what might be behind the trend.

  • 12 November 2014

    BBC News Business

    The 'infosphere': Where philosophy meets technology

    Peter Day who recently interviewed Luciano Floridi for BBC Radio 4 reviews and explores the ideas in Professor Floridi's book 'The 4th Revolution: How the Infosphere is Reshaping Human Reality'

  • 11 November 2014

    The Washington Post

    2.5% of the world is responsible for more than 50% of Wikipedia articles

    The information geographies project shows the majority of Wikipedia content is about 2.5% of the world's land area whilst the whole continent of Africa only has around 2.6% geotagged articles.

  • 11 November 2014

    BBC News Technology

    DarkHotel hackers targets company bosses in hotel rooms

    Ian Brown comments on news that companies are being warned about ongoing hack attacks that target hi-tech entrepreneurs and other corporate executives in their hotel rooms.

  • 11 November 2014

    World Economic Forum

    What will the future of the internet look like?

    In a World Economic Forum blog following the recent meeting in Dubai, Helen Margetts’ is extensively quoted on governance and surveillance of the Internet.

  • 10 November 2014

    BBC Radio 4

    Digital Human

    Mark Graham talks to former OII visitor Aleks Krotoski about how digital mapping has affected our understanding of the world as part of the Digital Human series.

  • 6 November 2014

    The Guardian quietly disrupts the problem of online identity login

    A feature on the introduction of Verify, the Government digital service scheme to identify users of government services notes that the system has been built in consultation with, among others, the OII.

  • 6 November 2014

    The Times

    Is the government digital service good news?

    Ian Brown is a co-signatory of a letter published in the Times, from members of the Privacy and Consumer Advisory Group relating to government digital services online identities

  • 6 November 2014


    Why you probably won’t understand the web of the future

    Although less than 5% percent of the world uses English as a first language, it dominates the web. Organisations like Google, Facebook and Mozilla are taking steps to address language issues.. Mark Graham's map and comments feature.

  • 3 November 2014


    Is the Internet broken, and can it even be fixed?

    In an in-depth article written for CNN Joss Wright discusses the shortcomings of the evolving nature of the internet and says that its future should be guided towards the benefits rather than risks.

  • 3 November 2014

    Oxford Internet Institute

    Tim Muntinga Awarded the 2014 OII MSc Thesis Prize

    Tim Muntinga wins the 2014 OII MSc thesis prize for his thesis examining susceptibility of medical patients to selecting rogue pharmacies in Google search results.

  • 2 November 2014

    The Times Magazine

    Do computer games really harm children?

    A feature on the perceived dangers of online games-playing quotes Andy Przybylski who says that play exists as a place for people to experiment with different identities.

  • 31 October 2014

    The Adelaide Advertiser

    Why posting pictures of your kids on facebook could come back to haunt you, writes Linda Geddes

    An article on the use of images of children posted to social media sites which quotes Victoria Nash and was originally published in the Telegraph is reproduced on the Australian news site

  • 30 October 2014

    Daily Telegraph Australia

    Why online snaps can returnt to haunt you

    Article quoting Victoria Nash on the risks of posting pictures of children on social media sites is reproduced on several Australian news sites including the Herald Sun, Perth Now, Brisbane Courier Mail and

  • 28 October 2014

    Evening Standard

    Location, location, location: how your smartphone knows exactly where you've been...

    iPhone's keep track of places recently visited as well as how often and when visited. Joss Wright comments that localisation and data sharing are likely to increae.

  • 27 October 2014

    The Independent

    Baroness Kidron interview: ‘Children’s online safety is too vital to leave to Government’

    An interview with Baroness Kidron reports on her involvement with iRights, a charter to make children's use of the internet safer, notes that it has the support of the Oxford Internet Institute.

  • 23 October 2014

    Oxford Internet Institute

    OII News: OII Awards, New Satellite Office, New Faculty

    Reminding readers of the 2014 OII Awards Gala Evening, announcing our recent office move and welcoming new staff and students to the OII.