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  • 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.

  • 13 June 2013


    Blockbuster-Prognose mit Wikipedia

    Forecasting Blockbuster with Wikipedia.  Taha Yasseri,the OII’s Big Data Research Officer interviewed on national German Radio about his work and how Wikipedia can be used to predict which films will become blockbusters.

  • 12 June 2013

    BBC News, Technology

    European Commission demands answers about Prism data request

    The EU Justice Commissioner has written to the US Attorney General questioning America’s data surveillance Programme. Ian Brown draws attention to the questions US firms may be asked about whether they have adhered to European Data Protection laws.

  • 12 June 2013

    Vancouver Observer

    The importance of forgetting

    Themes in Viktor Mayer-Schönberger’s book ‘Delete, the Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age’ are discussed in the context of how we address environmental problems. The writer suggests we have traded our innocence for the oppression of information.

  • 11 June 2013

    MIT Technology Review

    Companies Complying with NSA’s PRISM May Face E.U. Lawsuits

    US companies who have given their government access to personal data gathered from Europeans could find themselves facing legal action in the European Union under data protection legislation. Ian Brown comments.

  • 11 June 2013

    The Guardian

    Yahoo, Google, Facebook and more face fight to salvage reputations over NSA leaks

    Big companies whose trade has been built on trust risk serious consequences as a result of the NSA leaks row. Viktor Mayer-Schöberger comments that once trust is violated it is very difficult to re-stablish.

  • 10 June 2013

    The Guardian

    Yes, NSA surveillance should worry the law-abiding

    Ian Brown comments on the current row about the NSA Prism programme.  He says better mechanisms are needed for reassurance that data collection and analysis does not go beyond that required for legitimate government responsibilities.

  • 9 June 2013

    Tunjisie Haut Debit

    Freedom Online Conference: Contrôler les données sur Internet, oui, mais pas trop

    Check the data but not too much: a report of a workshop on use of Internet Data and privacy held by Ian Brown and Richard Allan of Facebook as part of the Freedom Online conference held in Tunisia.

  • 9 June 2013

    The Monkey Cage

    The Dynamics of Information Diffusion in the Turkish Protests

    Sandra-Gonzalez-Bailon writes about her work on the role of social networking sites in the political protests taking place in Turkey.  There is abundant evidence that social media have been pivotal in the spread of information she says.

  • 5 June 2013

    Toronto Star

    Wikipedia’s most controversial pages include Jesus and George W. Bush

    Work by Taha Yasseri and colleagues on 10 different language Wikipedia sites showed that Jesus was the one controversial subject, as measured by editor amendments that came across the board. Politics and religion still trigger the biggest arguments

  • 3 June 2013

    BBC Mundo

    Chile, el tema más controvertido de Wikipedia en espaňol

    The most controversial topics in Spanish Wikipedia, identified by Taha Yasseri and Mark Graham are highlighted on the BBC’s Spanish language web site.

  • 3 June 2013

    NBC News online

    Wikipedia 'Edit Wars': The most hotly contested topics

    Taha Yasseri says Wikipedia suffers from traditional features of human societies. People argue most on Wikipedia about religion and politics with variations on non-English language sites. Romanians for example argue most about musicians and art.

  • 3 June 2013

    The Times of Israel

    Wikipedians most likely to war over 'Israel,' 'God'

    Reporting Taha Yasseri’s work the Times of Israel notes that in Hebrew Wikipedia  the greatest divisions are mainly about religious sects and armed conflicts but across the languages ‘Israel ‘ and ‘Hitler’ are the most contested subjects.

  • 1 June 2013

    Foreign Affairs

    The Rise of Big Data

    Kenneth Cukier and Viktor Mayer-Schönberger provide an extensive and authoritative account of how Big Data is changing the way we think about the world.

  • 1 June 2013

    red pepper

    Winning at Walmart

    Aalex Wood writes about the Walmart workers' strike

  • 31 May 2013

    Oxford Internet Institute

    OII News: New Members, New Positions, China and the New Internet World

    Welcoming new faculty members, Dr Jonathan Bright, Dr Vili Lehdonvirta and Stefano De Sabbata, announcing forthcoming China and the New Internet World events happening in Oxford in mid-June, and more.

  • 31 May 2013

    MIT Technology Review

    The dictatorship of data

    Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Ken Cukier use the story of former Secretary of Defence, Robert McNamara,  a man who believed Truth lay in data, to illustrate the dangers of  over-reliance on numbers in big data analysis.

  • 31 May 2013

    The Huffington Post

    The Most Controversial Article in all of English Wikipedia is George Bush’s

    The Huffington Post says that the study of controversial topics in Wikipedia by Taha Yasseri and Mark Graham contains some ‘incredible graphics’ several of which are displayed.

  • 31 May 2013

    Live Science

    Wikipedia 'Edit Wars': The most hotly contested topics

    Taha Yasseri says Wikipedia suffers from traditional features of human societies. People argue most on Wikipedia about religion and politics with variations on non-English language sites. Romanians for example argue most about musicians and art.

  • 30 May 2013

    Wired Science Blog

    The Controversial Topics of Wikipedia

    Wired magazine article sets out some of the findings of Taha Yasseri, mark Graham and colleagues’ work on contested subjects in Wikipedia.  The table of the most controversial articles in each language edition is featured.