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  • 30 January 2012

    BBC News

    Trendfear: Do you ever feel you're being left behind?

    Can rapid innovation in technology create 'trendfear', a concern that we are missing out on something important? When is the tipping point when we need to know? Bernie Hogan comments that social media can make you feel you're missing the party.

  • 27 January 2012

    The Economist

    Private data, public rules

    The EU is proposing sweeping privacy regulation to standardise regulations across the Union including a right to remove online personal data. Attitudes in the USA and Europe differ, one reason being history. Viktor Mayer-Schönberger is quoted.

  • 27 January 2012

    The Economist Babbage blog

    Relearning to forget

    In the light of the proposed major reforms of EU data-protection the Economist's Babbage technology blog looks at the plans to give Europeans the 'right to be forgotten', quoting Viktor Mayer-Schönberger.

  • 26 January 2012

    Digital - the channel of choice for public services

    Helen Margetts tells the 'Digital by Default' conference that there is a general acceptance of the digital by default position: digital could make government "more tailored to citizens' needs, to their actual behaviour, to preferences".

  • 26 January 2012

    UK Parliament

    Public Administration Select Committee publishes report on Government and IT

    The Commons Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) publishes its report on Government and IT that insists Government has still to address the challenges of "intelligent" procurement. Helen Margetts was an expert witness.

  • 26 January 2012

    Whitehall refusing to probe cartel claims, say MPs

    In a follow-up report into last summer's "recipe for rip-offs" investigation into government IT, the PASC warns that, despite good intentions, the government is not doing enough to prevent future project failures. Helen Margetts was an expert witness.

  • 25 January 2012

    Managing research information: one size does not fit all

    Eric Mayer and Monica Bulger are authors of a new report by RIN looking at information practices in the physical sciences, and highlighting the richly varied ways in which physical scientists work, collaborate and share information.

  • 25 January 2012

    Deutsche Welle

    New EU data protection rules talk tough

    The EU is planning tougher data protection rules including the "right to forget". Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, who argued for similar measures in his book "Delete" says he's not surprised by the discussions surrounding the proposal.

  • 25 January 2012

    Physics World

    Online tools are 'distraction' for science

    Eric Mayer and Monica Bulger are authors of a new report by RIN looking at information practices in the physical sciences. They find that physical scientists "are still fairly conservative when it comes to adopting new communications technologies".

  • 23 January 2012

    Radio Free Europe

    Q&A: Copyright Enforcement vs. Censorship - impact of Megaupload case

    Interviewed by Radio Free Europe, Joss Wright responds to questions about closing file sharing websites and proposed anti-piracy acts (SOPA/PIPA) by the US. "It's difficult to draw the line between what is censorship and what is enforcing our laws".

  • 22 January 2012

    Observer Magazine

    This column will change your life: the art of forgetting

    Oliver Burkman asks if 'with all the focus on improving memory, are we in danger of forgetting the art of forgetting'. He quotes Viktor Mayer-Schönberger who argues that society is getting worse at forgetting thanks to the web.

  • 20 January 2012

    BBC News

    Anti-piracy efforts divide web users

    Bill Dutton analyses the events of a week in which parts of the web voluntary went off-line, Megaupload was shut down by the Department of Justice, and 'hacktivists' attacked US government and other websites.

  • 20 January 2012

    BBC News

    Hackers retaliate over Megaupload website shutdown

    The US government has been targeted by Anonymous in retaliation for the shutdown of the Megaupload file sharing site. Joss Wright says it might be argued that Anonymous themselves are censoring websites.

  • 18 January 2012

    BBC News

    Without Wikipedia, where can you get your facts?

    On the day that Wikipedia blacks out its English language site, the BBC News magazine explores alternative sources of information. Mark Graham says that Wikipedia is open access, free and that mistakes are quickly corrected.

  • 16 January 2012

    Channel 4

    Richard Wilson on Hold

    Infuriated by automated machines, actor Richard Wilson decided to investigate their increasing presence and what effect they have on our lives. He visited the OII where Joss Wright told him about how advertisers track our digital movements.

  • 11 January 2012

    BBC 1

    South Today

    Victoria Nash talked to BBC local news about the sacking of an Oxford City footballer for posting a homophobic comment on Twitter. People get carried away, she says, and once the message is out it is almost impossible to retract (01.24 on clock).

  • 10 January 2012

    Oman Tribune

    Talk less, text more

    Monica Bulger suggests that technology makes us more literate in a feature article by BBC correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones about his Today programme report on whether technology is stopping us talking.

  • 9 January 2012

    The Guardian

    In a networked world, why is the geography of knowledge still uneven?

    User-generated Internet content is weighted towards the global north; Mark Graham suggests that the division of digital labour urgently needs rebalancing.

  • 1 January 2012

    New York Times

    Disruptions: Resolved in 2012: To Enjoy the View Without Help From an iPhone

    Viktor Mayer-Schönberger is quoted by Nick Bilton (New York Times "Bits" Blog) in support of his view that there are good reasons to sometimes just enjoy a moment without the need to use technology to capture, record and share it.

  • 1 January 2012

    The STATA News

    Oxford Internet Institute showcases Stata's capabilities

    The work of OII researchers using Stata's statistical software for analysis of the data collected for the Oxford Internet Survey (OxIS) is featured in the company's quarterly newsletter.

  • 29 December 2011

    BBC Radio 4 Today Programme

    Does technology stop us talking?

    Guest editor, Viktor Blank asks the BBC technology correspondent to investigate whether technology helps or hinders communications. The OII's Monica Bulger suggests that emails can improve literacy and encourage more thoughtful communication.

  • 16 December 2011

    The Guardian Datablog

    Santa v Satan v Zombies: who wins in the battle for Google Maps?

    Father Christmas faces the Devil and the undead in this academic research from Mark Graham’s work on Google maps

  • 16 December 2011

    BBC R4 Today Programme

    Tweet to Action

    What is the role of social media in the starting and spreading of mass movements? Sandra Gonzalez-Bailon talks about research, published in the journal Scientific Reports, which has been following trends on social networking sites such as Twitter.

  • 15 December 2011

    Scientific American

    Digital divide and social media: Connectivity doesn’t end the digital divide, skills do.

    Danica Radanovic on inequalities in the networked world.  “Access to information is the key to an individual’s position in society” she says “We must tackle socio-cultural difference (and) focus on Internet skills, literacies and social media usage”.

  • 1 December 2011


    Brave new world

    In the ESRC's annual magazine, Bill Dutton talks about the legacy of Alan Turing. Turing was a visionary and early inventor of computing, which led to the empowering of new forms of knowledge. Key to this is the concept of the Fifth Estate, Dutton says.