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  • 19 July 2013

    The Independent

    Bush, Anarchism and Muhammad: The most fought-over Wikipedia articles revealed

    An article on the most controversial topics in Wikipedia as revealed in research by Taha Yasseri and colleagues George Bush and anarchism are the most hotly contested in the English language edition.

  • 19 July 2013

    NBC News technology

    George W. Bush, Gypsies, and Jesus: Wikipedia's most controversial articles

    An article on the most controversial topics in Wikipedia as revealed in research by Taha Yasseri and colleagues using editor amendment s across 10 different language sites.  (also covered elsewhere)

  • 16 July 2013

    Business Technology, Daily Telegraph

    Data Privacy: Time for better safeguards against data abuses?

    Taha Yasseri comments on the issues of personal privacy raised by increasing data gathering

  • 16 July 2013

    BBC News Technology

    Topics that spark Wikipedia 'edit wars' revealed

    An article on the most controversial topics in Wikipedia as revealed in research by Taha Yasseri and colleagues. George Bush and anarchism are the most hotly contested in the English language edition.

  • 16 July 2013

    Business Technology, Daily Telegraph

    Turning big data into big insights

    An article about the implications of big data quotes Taha Yasseri who believes that as big data analysis develops into a science, professionals will have to consider the ethical issues in the same way as other disciplines.

  • 15 July 2013

    BBC Radio 4

    Privacy Under Pressure

    In the first of three episodes of a major BBC series examining online privacy, OII expert Ian Brown's explanations and comments feature extensively.

  • 8 July 2013

    Oxford Internet Institute

    Prestigious Scholarships Awarded to OII Students

    We are very pleased to announce that a large number of our incoming students have won prestigious scholarships.

  • 5 July 2013

    BBC R4

    Last Word

    Bill Dutton pays tribute to ‘gentle, self-effacing’ Doug Engelbart, who died on 3 July. He was a visionary thinker who foresaw the potential of computers to connect the world long before others. He also famously invented the computer mouse.

  • 1 July 2013

    The Guardian

    How algorithms rule the world

    Ian Brown and Viktor Mayer-Schönberger contribute to an in-depth article exploring the use of algorithms. "We risk falling victim to a dictatorship of data" says Viktor; Ian Brown also warns of greater societal divisions.

  • 30 June 2013

    Las Ultimas Noticias

    La silenciosa Guerra que protagonizan los chilenos en Wikipedia

    The silent war pursued by Chilean Wikipedians: Taha Yasseri discusses his work on Spanish Wikipedia and the editorial conflicts relating to South America.

  • 28 June 2013

    The Atlantic Cities

    Where we're obsessed with zombies

    Using their research on geo-tagged references to zombies as an example, Mark Graham and co-authors have highlighted some of the utility and limitations of the geoweb. "Information, like zombies is attracted to existing centres of activity," they say.

  • 27 June 2013


    Israel and the Middle East on the battlefield of Wikipedia

    In-depth feature on the work of Taha Yasseri and Mark Graham on editorial conflicts on Wikipedia; Israel is one of the most represented countries on Wikipedia and articles about Israel involve a lot of editorial conflict.

  • 27 June 2013

    The Guardian Poverty Matters Blog

    Kenya’s laptops for schools dream fails to address reality

    The Kenyan Government is investing a massive £400 million in 1.3 million laptops for school children. Mark Graham argues that this strategy ignores the realities of a country of great inequalities and the funding might be better directed elsewhere.

  • 25 June 2013

    "Prism hat mich nicht überrascht"

    Prism did not surprise me: Ian Brown is interviewed by the Austrian Technology site about the implications of the revelations aboutNSA surveillance. (German language)

  • 24 June 2013

    Oxford Internet Institute

    OII Professor William Dutton Wins Frederick Williams Prize, in Recognition of his Outstanding Contributions to the Study of Communication Technology

    William Dutton was awarded the Frederick Williams Prize at the 2013 ICA conference in recognition of his outstanding contributions to knowledge concerning the social uses and impacts of new communication technologies.

  • 22 June 2013

    Oxford Human Rights Hub

    Internet surveillance in English law

    Ian Brown looks in detail at the regulatory and legal framework which applies to interceptions of communications over a public telecommunications system.

  • 20 June 2013

    The future of the Internet: Interview with William Dutton

    Bill Dutton speaks about the "5th Estate," saying that he remains optimistic about the power the networked Internet gives to individuals.

  • 20 June 2013

    BBC Online, Technology

    Webcams taken over by hackers, charity warns

    BBC Radio 5 live has been investigating claims of webcam hackers using malicious software remote access sites that hack into webcams and can then exchange pictures and videos of people without their knowledge. Joss Wright comments.

  • 18 June 2013

    BBC Online, Technology

    Student uses twelve apps to monitor her every move

    OII Masters student, Sara Watson talks about the 'Quantified Self' movement in which people use technology to analyse their lives.  She is currently using 12 apps to monitor her daily life.

  • 18 June 2013

    BBC R2

    The Chris Evans Show

    Victoria Nash commented in a news item on the popular morning show which looked at government plans to ask Internet companies to do more to block harmful online content. [c.33:12 on the clock] (also on seven BBC local radio outlets)

  • 16 June 2013

    South China Morning Post

    Big Data: too much information

    Review of Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work and Think by Viktor Mayer-Schonberger, and Kenneth Cukier, data editor of The Economist, which is described as ‘illuminating and very timely’.

  • 15 June 2013


    Business Book Review: Big Data

    Review of Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Ken Cukier’s  book, ‘Big Data, a revolution that will transform how we live, work and think' calls it both illuminating and timely.

  • 15 June 2013

    Al Jazeera

    Spies for Hire? Money over privacy?

    Ian Brown was interviewed on AlJazeera’s evening news programme which explored and explained some of the  issues related to data surveillance in the light of the revelation of the PRISM electronic surveillanceprogramme’(c08.13 on clock)

  • 14 June 2013

    Time Magazine

    The NSA’s Big Data Problem

    As the extent of the NSA’s data-collecting exercise is revealed the question, according to Time Magazine, is how to use the data to help keep the country safe.  This is a Big Data challenge says Viktor Mayer-Schönberger.

  • 13 June 2013

    World Bulletin

    A small group spreads twitter messages during Gezi protests

    The main points of research by Sandra Gonzalez-Bailon and colleagues into how Twitter messages about the events in Turkey were spread rapidly both inside and beyond the borders.