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  • 23 May 2012

    Herald Sun

    Aussie Twitter addicts sought for study

    Helen Partridge embarked on her study of information practices during the six months in 2011 that she was a visiting Fellow at the OII. Now she is extending her study of how and why people use Twitter and is looking for Australian volunteers.

  • 16 May 2012

    New Scientist

    Wikipedia busts the language barrier

    Mark Graham comments on Omnipedia, a software system which allows users to browse topics from up to 25 Wikipedia language editions at once.

  • 9 May 2012


    Tougher interception laws to reach Twitter

    Making policy on combined access to Internet interactions based on old communications technology is 'dangerously simplistic' says Joss Wright, quoted in ZDNet's coverage of the draft Communications Data Bill.

  • 8 May 2012

    British Politics and Policy at LSE

    The government's proposal for data communications surveillance will be invasive and costly with minimal effectiveness

    Joss Wright argues in a blog post that Government proposals to allow law enforcement officials unprecedented access to Internet communications will only be minimally effective and will be both expensive and invasive.

  • 7 May 2012

    Italian project harnesses e-democracy for education

    The Italian project "Active Science" is one of the three winners of the OII-organised "University Outreach and Public Engagement Award": it uses online discussion and debate techniques to teach young people about science.

  • 25 April 2012


    Digital Advisory Board to support Government Digital Service

    In an article about the newly announced Digital Advisory Board of experts to advise and support the Government Digital Service, Board Member Helen Margetts said "we need to make sure that interacting with the government is easy to do".

  • 25 April 2012

    The Guardian

    Digital by default bolstered by new advisory board

    Helen Margetts is among experts drawn from industry, retail and academia who will advise and support Government on its digital by default delivery of public services as members of the Digital Advisory Board announced by the Cabinet Office.

  • 25 April 2012

    Computer Weekly

    Government launches Digital Advisory Board

    Computer Weekly report on the newly announced Digital Advisory Board, quotes Board member Helen Margetts. She talks of her plan to analyse the usage of but says "the key challenge would be getting the rest of government on board."

  • 25 April 2012

    UK Cabinet Office

    New Digital Advisory Board supports Government to deliver online services revolution

    Helen Margetts, OII Director and leading expert on e-government and digital era governance, is a member of a new group of experts, announced by the Cabinet office, to support the Government in delivering high-quality public service online by default.

  • 25 April 2012

    Private sector focus to digital by default panel

    The public sector technology news site notes that the membership of the new Digital Advisory Board includes, among other "well known figures in the e-government community," Professor Helen Margetts.

  • 24 April 2012

    Oxford Internet Institute

    Winners Announced: European Competition for Best Innovations in University Outreach and Public Engagement

    Three winners have been chosen from over 100 excellent submissions for an online competition we ran to identify the most innovative outreach and public engagement activities carried out by European Universities.

  • 21 April 2012


    Why it's good to forget

    Trevor Pinch of Cornell University and Mark Lane of RFI discuss the themes and implications of Viktor Mayer-Schönberger's book Delete on the station's "Webwatch" feature. They agree they're glad some aspects of their own lives went unrecorded.

  • 18 April 2012


    Why Homeland Security's Pre-Crime Prevention Technology Is a Terrible Idea

    Slate reports on a controversial pre-crime screening programme being developed by the US Department of Homeland Security. It refers to and quotes from an article by OII student Alexander Furnes in The Atlantic arguing that it will never work.

  • 17 April 2012

    The Atlantic

    Homeland Security's 'Pre-Crime' Screening Will Never Work

    OII Masters student, Alex Furnas, explains why the pre-crime prevention programme being researched by the US Department of Homeland Security is not only a terrible idea but one that will never work.

  • 13 April 2012

    Oxford Internet Institute

    Civic by default - when opting in is not a choice

    Rebecca Eynon and Anne Geniets discuss the topical issue of the UK's digital inclusion strategy, discussed at last week's OII workshop on low and discontinued Internet use by young people in Britain.

  • 13 April 2012

    Scientific American

    Phatic Posts: Even the Small Talk Can Be Big

    Dana Radovanovic discusses 'phatic' communications online: brief and apparently trivial or mundane updates posted on social media. Her research used work by Bernie Hogan and led her to conclude that despite content this 'small talk' is meaningful.

  • 6 April 2012

    The Atlantic

    The Problem with Wikidata

    Mark Graham highlights potential drawbacks to Wikidata, an initiative by Wikipedia which will allow a single change on a central repository to change references across all the language versions. The risk is that cultural context will be lost.

  • 6 April 2012


    Where did the revolution go?

    Sandra Gonzalez-Bailon looks back on the online mediated protests of last year. Online networks reach a large number of people in a short time but what is left after the activity winds down? How much of a difference did the last revolution make?

  • 5 April 2012

    New Scientist

    Online searches for future linked to economic success

    A study of 45 billion Google search enquiries by researchers at UCK reveals that the citizens of wealthy nations are more likely to seek information online about the future than those of poorer states. Greg Taylor comments.

  • 4 April 2012

    The Guardian

    Wikipedia world: an interactive guide to every language. Infographic map

    In 'Show and Tell' on the Guardian Data Store, Simon Rogers, winner of the OII award for best internet journalist in 2011, highlights the Mapping Wikipedia project which shows millions of articles worldwide in a variety of languages.

  • 3 April 2012

    University of Oxford

    Oxford research into online activism funded by Google

    The Oxford Internet Institute has been awarded a grant of more than £40,000 to fund research into online political activism by Google. The year-long project will investigate which factors influence the success or failure online political mobilizations.

  • 1 April 2012

    Exame Magazine

    O mundo pela Wikipédia

    Exame, the Brazilian economic and business magazine, features the work of Mark Graham and colleagues on Wikipedia as part of the Geographies of the World's Knowledge project.

  • 30 March 2012

    Metro (London)

    Net loosens on web security fears as Britons reveal newfound confidence

    The London Metro free newspaper quotes Ian Brown in an article on how concerns about the Internet have fallen. 'People's trust in the Internet goes up as they use it more often', he says.

  • 29 March 2012


    The science of falling in love: Finding the perfect partner online

    A feature about online dating highlights eHarmony and notes that the system it launched in the UK in 2008 was developed with the help of the Oxford Internet Institute.

  • 28 March 2012

    The Register

    Oxford Uni chucks big brains at ivy-covered cybersecurity hub

    The Register notes that the newly launched Oxford Cyber Security Centre will bring together computer science researchers with academics from other disciplines and work with other Oxford institutions including the Oxford Internet Institute.