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  • 12 July 2012

    Open Science

    On the Frontlines of Wikipedia's 'Editorial Wars'

    Three distinct developmental patterns for overall behaviour in 'editorial wars' in Wikipedia are defined in a paper by Taha Yasseri, and discussed in the open-science blog.

  • 11 July 2012

    BBC News

    End of empire for Western universities?

    The BBC features an OII map demonstrating continuing Western cultural dominance in an article on the rapid increase in graduates from China and India. Victor Mayer-Schönberger discusses the knowledge imbalance.

  • 7 July 2012

    The Economist

    Wires Crossed

    An Economist article on tighter web regulation quotes Ian Brown's that the proposals to allow citizens to pursue web users who libel anonymously may mean that sites collect more personal information from their users.

  • 6 July 2012


    US tops Twitter Chart

    The on-line magazine for corporate communicators reports the research by Mark Graham and Monica Stephens into the origin of Twitter users. Mark's comments on the OII website about the usefulness of Twitter are quoted.

  • 6 July 2012

    Huffington Post (USA)

    Where Tweets are born: the top countries on Twitter

    Mark Graham’s research into the countries that use Twitter most shows that citizens in the US use Twitter more than any other country, followed by Brazil, Indonesia and the UK.

  • 5 July 2012

    Oxford Internet Institute

    OII News: Big Data, Mapping, Policy Impact, Webcasts, Teaching

    "Welcome to the new-look OII newsletter! We hope you like the change to this new format, which should provide you with even more information about our research, policy and teaching activities; feedback is always very welcome (...)"

  • 5 July 2012

    Daily Mail

    Tweeting all over the world

    The Daily Mail reports details of OII research into the origin of tweets. Mark Graham is extensively quoted on how he and fellow researcher Monica Stephens went about collecting data and mapping the results.

  • 5 July 2012


    Where the World's Tweets Come From, Vizualised.

    Report of the research by Mark Graham and Monica Stephens into the origins of Tweets worldwide.

  • 4 July 2012

    Guardian Data-Store

    Church vs beer: using Twitter to map regional differences in US culture

    The Guardian Data Store featured one of Mark Graham's visualisations which used geolocated Tweets to gauge differences in culture across the US. The most tweets including 'beer' came from San Francisco and the most for 'church' from Dallas, Texas.

  • 2 July 2012

    BBC News

    Give an Hour: Revealing the habits of new web users

    Since October 2011, 350,000 new users have been encouraged online through the Give an Hour campaign. Bill Dutton talks about what people are looking for on the Internet and how younger and older people share some common online interests.

  • 2 July 2012

    Oxford Internet Institute

    Prestigious Scholarships for OII Students

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

  • 29 June 2012

    Business Week

    Mission Possible: Self-Destructing Messages and Photos

    A new mobile app allows users to make their messages, photos and videos self-destruct. This technology recognises the argument made by Viktor Mayer-Schönberger in his book Delete that forgetting should be the rule not the exception.

  • 29 June 2012


    Where Do the World's Tweets Come From?

    The OII visualization 'A Geography of Twitter' is a good illustration of how wide is the Twitter world says Rebecca Rosen. Authors Mark Graham and Monica Stephens suggest Twitter might allow democratization of information sharing and production.

  • 28 June 2012

    Greens/European Free Alliance

    Data Protection for the Digital Age

    Viktor Mayer-Schönberger's ground-breaking work on forgetting and remembering in the digital age is informing policy-making at international level. His speech at the European Parliament hearing on data protection regulation is available on video.

  • 25 June 2012

    Science 2.0

    Can Wikipedia teach us about conflict resolution?

    Part of the openness model of Wikipedia has led to 'edit wars' when anonymous 'editors' disagree with each other. Taha Yasseri's work examining this phenomenon features in Science 2.0.

  • 24 June 2012

    Decoded Science

    Wikipedia Wars: Implications for Building Consensus

    Blog comment on the work of Taha Yasseri and colleagues examining the behaviour of Wikipedia online editors.

  • 24 June 2012


    Wikipedia: Studie analysiert die Löschkriege der Community

    Discussion of the finding of the work of Taha Yasseri on so-called 'edit wars' in Wikipedia.

  • 21 June 2012

    BBC Mundo

    Las guerras de Wikipedia

    The work of Taha Yasseri and colleagues examining the behaviour of Wikipedia online editors features in the BBC World Science.

  • 21 June 2012

    Tendencias 21

    Wikipedia es una enciclopedia pacífica

    The work of Taha Yasseri and colleagues about online conflicts is featured under the headline 'Wikipedia is a peaceful encyclopaedia'.

  • 20 June 2012


    Bush, Linux, Jesús y el anarquismo, los más conflictivos de la Wikipedia

    Feature on the work of Taha Yasseri and colleagues about online conflicts.

  • 20 June 2012

    BBC Business News

    Top US universities put their reputations online

    Elite US universities are launching ambitious online learning projects with the aim of "revolutionising education around the world". Bill Dutton comments on how the initiatives raise challenges for other educational institutions.

  • 15 June 2012

    Exaro News

    French election leaves thousands of expats unable to vote

    The introduction of online voting for the French communities outside France has 'been a fiasco' beset by computer and administrative faults according to Exaro. Anne-Marie Oostveen, expert on electronic voting comments on the risks of fraud.

  • 15 June 2012

    Oxford Internet Institute

    OII Recognised as Educational Institution of the Year at Wikimedia UK's Annual Conference

    The OII has been recognised as Educational Institution of the Year at the "UK Wikimedian of the Year" awards (12 May 2012). The award was made largely in recognition of the work by OII Research Fellow Dr Mark Graham to map and visualise Wikipedia data.

  • 14 June 2012

    Global Network Initiative

    New Report Outlines Recommendations for Governments, Companies and Others on How to Protect Free Expression and Privacy Rights Online

    Ian Brown and Douwe Korff's report for the GNI "Digital Freedoms in International Law" examines the challenges facing governments and technology companies as they balance rights to expression and privacy with law enforcement and national security.

  • 4 June 2012

    NBC News

    Wikipedia is editorial warzone says study

    The work of Taha Yasseri and colleagues about online conflicts is featured by NBC News.