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  • 1 October 2012

    Oxford Internet Institute

    Yonatan Moskowitz is Awarded the 2012 OII MSc Thesis Prize

    Masters student Yonatan Moskowitz has received the 2012 OII MSc thesis prize for his thesis which analyses the broader negative social consequences of giving away personal information.

  • 28 September 2012


    Cell phone culture: How cultural differences affect mobile use

    What is common practice in one culture is bad manners in another. In Japan phones are always switched off in the cinema but in Africa, according to Abdullahi Arabo, the only place where people don't pick up a mobile phone is the mosque or church.

  • 27 September 2012

    Zeit Online

    Das Netz vergisst doch

    Viktor Mayer-Schönberger's recommendation that the 'right to be forgotten' be incorporated in EU regulation is referred to in an article on Internet data retention and loss.

  • 16 September 2012

    BBC World Service

    In the Balance: Are we all smartphone users now?

    Mark Graham and others discussed whether increased connectivity changes lives and if business people must have smartphones. The panel agreed that connectivity does change lives but was less convinced about smartphones, especially in Africa.

  • 14 September 2012

    Die Zeit

    Bettina Wulff v Google. Neutrale Suchergebnisse sind eine Fiktion

    Germany’s former first lady is suing Google after searches for her name reinforced rumours about her private life. Viktor Mayer-Schönberger is interviewed by Zeit online on why the concept of neutral search results is a fiction.

  • 27 August 2012


    Fur das Vergessen

    Max Mosley is suing Google in an attempt to get intimate pictures of him, removed from the site.  Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, authority on forgetting in a digital age was asked for an expert opinion. Filters can and should be installed he says.

  • 21 August 2012


    Can Wikipedia predict the future of box office hits?

    Patterns of activity on Wikipedia can predict the opening box office takings of blockbuster movies a month before they are released, according to Taha Yasseri and his colleagues who built the mathematical model to correlate data

  • 20 August 2012

    BBC Radio 1

    UK 'too heavy-handed' with Twitter and online trolls

    In the aftermath of an abusive tweet aimed at UK Olympic diver, Tom Daley, Newsbeat on BBC Radio 1 took a look at reactions in the UK and other countries to online trolls. Bernie Hogan said the UK is 'incredibly heavy handed'.

  • 15 August 2012

    Bloomberg TV

    Inside the Internet's Most Important Building

    Ian Brown talks about London's Internet Exchange, a keystone of Internet structure linking 50 different countries and three continents.

  • 14 August 2012

    Oxford Internet Institute

    OII News: Political Protest, Big Data, IGF, SDP, Webcasts

    "Despite all the buzz currently surrounding 'Big Data', little is in fact known about its potential for advancing social science research. We are therefore very pleased to have secured funding from the Sloan Foundation for a multi-year project (...)"

  • 10 August 2012

    BBC News

    Open-source project to get gadgets talking via the net

    Commenting on Webinos, an open-source platform which allows digital devices to communicate with each other, Ian Brown points out that many open-source projects don't attract a community. Just because anyone can look doesn't mean they will, he says.

  • 9 August 2012

    Consumer Focus

    Regulation in the digital age

    Head of Sustainability and Consumer Futures at Consumer Focus, the statutory Consumer Champion, blogs about digital regulation and introduces a video by Ian Brown highlighting the fast changes in the digital world and the implications for regulators.

  • 1 August 2012

    Oxford Internet Institute

    Geography, Big Data, and Augmented Realities

    New digital dimensions of place profoundly affect the ways that we interact with our urban environments. Dr Mark Graham leads a research project to interrogate these virtual layers of the city, asking what they are, where they are, and why they matter.

  • 31 July 2012

    Daily Telegraph

    London 2012 Olympics: the first Twitter Games opens debate of athletes using social media

    Olympic athletes have been interacting with sports fans and the general public via social media and in particular Twitter. But there is divided opinion among athletes and coaches as to the benefits. Mark Graham comments.

  • 31 July 2012

    The Atlantic

    Statistical Probability That Mitt Romney's New Twitter Followers Are Just Normal Users: 0%

    OII MSc students Alexander Furnas and Devin Gaffney find that it is virtually impossible that the former governor's recent spike in Twitter followers resulted from normal activity on the social network.

  • 29 July 2012

    Sunday Times Magazine

    What's eating Google?

    Google's influence over our online lives is waning as more people turn to mobile phones and tablets in place of laptops. Ian Brown is quoted in an in-depth feature on the company and possible threats to its future.

  • 23 July 2012

    BBC UK China

    Class of 2020

    A report on rising numbers of Asian graduates refers to the OII Geographies of the World's knowledge maps and quotes Viktor Mayer-Schönberger saying that the distinct geography of the information age will be about universities and innovation.

  • 22 July 2012

    The Observer

    Cloud control is key to the future of the Internet

    The Oxford Internet Surveys are the only studies that come anywhere near OfCom's annual communications report market says John Naughton. Among findings he notes, is a significant rise in smartphone use and in internet access among 65–74 year olds.

  • 19 July 2012

    BBC News

    Rural Chinese get online as mobile overtakes desktop

    Mobile phones are now the most common way for people in China to connect with the Internet. These findings are consistent with the trend noted in other parts of the world says Bill Dutton. "We're moving to what we call next-generation users."

  • 17 July 2012

    The Atlantic

    Map of the Day: The Geography of Klout

    Coverage of an OII map of the geography of Klout, the online service that attempts to gauge social media influence. The map was produced as part of OII research on the geography of Twitter.

  • 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.