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  • 30 March 2012

    Metro (London)

    Net loosens on web security fears as Britons reveal newfound confidence

    The London Metro free newspaper quotes Ian Brown in an article on how concerns about the Internet have fallen. 'People's trust in the Internet goes up as they use it more often', he says.

  • 29 March 2012


    The science of falling in love: Finding the perfect partner online

    A feature about online dating highlights eHarmony and notes that the system it launched in the UK in 2008 was developed with the help of the Oxford Internet Institute.

  • 28 March 2012

    The Register

    Oxford Uni chucks big brains at ivy-covered cybersecurity hub

    The Register notes that the newly launched Oxford Cyber Security Centre will bring together computer science researchers with academics from other disciplines and work with other Oxford institutions including the Oxford Internet Institute.

  • 27 March 2012


    The new Oxford Cyber Security Centre

    Oxford's great strengths in interdisciplinary research is noted by Infosecurity in an article on the new Cyber Security Centre which also mentions that it is home to the Oxford Internet Institute among other contributing departments.

  • 26 March 2012

    The Atlantic

    Confirmed: The Internet Does Not Solve Global Inequality

    The message of the OII's interactive iBook "Geographies of the World's Knowledge" confirms that the Anglophone world dominates academic and user-generating publishing and rich countries dominate the production of user content.

  • 26 March 2012

    BBC News Education and Family

    Oxford launches free interactive course book

    The ability of the OII interactive iBook to reach a global audience challenges how academic knowledge should be shared says Viktor Mayer-Schönberger. It could mean universities having a bigger reach with learners outside the university than in it.

  • 22 March 2012

    Oxford Internet Institute

    Oxford Internet Institute Produces Its First Interactive iBook of Research

    Using the most innovative technology, the Oxford Internet Institute has created an interactive iBook of research data allowing users to choose details they want to read using moving graphics and zoom functions. Freely available from Apple’s iBookstore.

  • 19 March 2012

    Oxford Internet Institute

    OII's Graduate Degree Programmes Approved as a Doctoral Training Pathway for Research Students in Oxford University's ESRC-funded Social Science Doctoral Training Centre (DTC)

    The OII's graduate degree programmes have been approved as a recognised doctoral training pathway for research students in Oxford University's ESRC-funded Social Science Doctoral Training Centre.

  • 15 March 2012

    The Atlantic

    It's Not All About You: What Privacy Advocates Don't Get About Data Tracking on the Web

    OII Doctoral candidate James Williams informed an article on the implications of the use of large-scale data charting human behaviour garnered by users of persuasive technologies. It claims that advertisers seek to alter user behaviours.

  • 9 March 2012

    BBC News

    Antisec hackers hit US police store after FBI arrests

    The Antisec movement has reacted to an FBI crackdown on hackers by attacking the site of a company selling equipment to US law enforcers. Joss Wright says that the long term consequences of a symbolic victory for the FBI are hard to predict.

  • 9 March 2012

    The Guardian

    Big data and the end of theory?

    The notion that 'big' data produces better insights and results than traditional methodology has gained traction in popular imagination and beyond. But does big data have the answers that specialists can't provide? Mark Graham suggests otherwise.

  • 8 March 2012

    Oxford Internet Institute

    OII MSc Student Elizabeth Dubois in Oxford's Winning Rugby Blues Squad

    Elizabeth Dubois, reading for an MSc in the Social Sciences of the Internet at the OII, played in the Oxford University Women's Rugby Varsity Match against Cambridge on March 3, 2012.

  • 3 March 2012

    The Observer

    As Google acts, the question is: have we lost our privacy to the internet?

    Joss Wright exchanges views with Tom Chatfield on protecting our privacy on-line as Google unveils its new policy on use of personal information. He warns that "We do not yet fully understand the power of the data we have shared".

  • 1 March 2012

    Oxford Internet Institute

    Latin American Higher Education Organisations Invited to Join EC-Funded Open Education Practices (OEP) Network

    OportUnidad is an action-research project supported by the EC under the EuropeAid ALFA III programme with the aim of promoting the adoption of Open Educational Practices (OEP) in Latin America.

  • 1 March 2012

    Channel 4 News

    What does Google know about you?

    The EU is concerned that Google's new policy on personal information may breach privacy. Although Internet abstinence is a sure way to avoid being watched, Joss Wright says that we are forced to use these services because they're so ubiquitous.

  • 16 February 2012

    Digital solutions to tackle youth unemployment

    Dan Sutch of the Nominet Trust looks at opportunities presented by digital technology to address the challenge of youth unemployment. But young people not online need support too. He refers to OII findings and current research.

  • 15 February 2012

    The Independent

    'Black-hole' resorts: Turn up, tune out, log off

    "Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, author of Delete: The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age, is a big fan of black-hole resorts which he sees as increasingly important in escaping the "useless simplistic drivel" of much modern technological life."

  • 13 February 2012

    Irish Times

    Money can't buy me love - or can it?

    An article in the Irish Times timed for St Valentine's Day on the costs of dating refers to OII research on online dating.

  • 13 February 2012


    The Technologically Enhanced Memory: How will life change if we can't forget anything?

    "Is the quest for profound memory enhancement an unalloyed blessing or Faustian bargain? Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, author of Delete: The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age, leans toward the latter (...)".

  • 10 February 2012

    Le Monde Diplomatique

    Unterricht mit Werbepausen: Schulmisere in Mexiko

    Cristobal Cobo discusses what happens when new technologies are integrated into the classroom but are misused or underused by educators.

  • 3 February 2012

    Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty

    Facebook's bid to fund its 'Social Mission'

    Facebook is embarking on a social mission according to Mark Zuckerberg, bringing its users closer together and making the world more open and connected. Viktor Mayer-Schönberger comments on possible futures for the company as its stock goes on sale.

  • 2 February 2012

    BBC News

    Google changes enable 'per country' blog takedowns

    Google can now selectively block access in individual countries after a legal removal request. Joss Wright told the BBC that these changes are a positive step, striking a good balance between free speech, legality and practicality.

  • 1 February 2012

    Free Speech Debate

    On Free Speech: Deletion and Denialism

    Viktor Mayer-Schönberger contributes to Free Speech Debate's monthly podcast talking about the virtues of forgetting. The Debate centres on ten draft principles for global free expression and is translated into 13 languages.

  • 1 February 2012

    The Atlantic Wire

    The Ethics of Fake Twitter Accounts

    The Atlantic magazine muses on the ethics of twitter impersonation in the light of online high-profile celebrity impersonation. Viktor Mayer-Schönberger comments that we're in a Foucauldian post-modern world where we can't tell truth from fakery.

  • 30 January 2012

    BBC News

    Israel tops cyber-readiness poll but China lags behind

    A report on cyberdefence concludes that sharing of information globally is needed to keep ahead of threats. Joss Wright questions the likelihood of a change in military thinking from a culture of secrecy to one of sharing.