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  • 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.

  • 1 December 2011

    Lane Fox: public sector 'slower' in digital shift

    Martha Lane-Fox told the Digital by Default conference, chaired by OII's Helen Margetts, that the pace of change in implementing digital services was one of the biggest differences between private companies and public authorities that she had met.

  • 1 December 2011

    ULab Project

    Ulab Newsletter 1. December 2011.

    First newsletter from the ULab project, which aims to create the right framework in which best practices in the field of research management will be identified, tested and evaluated.

  • 30 November 2011

    The Guardian

    How to lift the digital age barrier

    According to figures from the OII's Oxford Internet Surveys (OxIS), Internet use among people aged 65 and over sits at only about 30% and has not changed much since 2005, despite campaigns to get more older people connected.

  • 29 November 2011

    Arabian Gazette

    1iPad luxury, 2iPads necessity for many families

    As increasing numbers of children have access to an iPad, companies are responding by developing software specifically designed to appeal to children. Victoria Nash comments on welfare concerns about children online.

  • 29 November 2011

    Wall Street Cheat sheet

    iPad: Tech Toy of Choice for children Poses Big Challenges

    As increasing numbers of children have access to an iPad, companies are responding by developing software specifically designed to appeal to children. Victoria Nash comments on welfare concerns about children online.

  • 28 November 2011


    IPad-Crazed Toddlers Spur Holiday Sales

    As increasing numbers of children have access to an iPad, companies are responding by developing software specifically designed to appeal to children. Victoria Nash comments on welfare concerns about children online.

  • 28 November 2011

    Parliament TV

    Joint Committee on Privacy and Injunctions

    Ian Brown gives evidence to Parliament's Joint Committee on Privacy and Injunctions on the difficulties in stopping a specific piece of information appearing anywhere on the Internet.

  • 26 November 2011

    The Economist

    Rights and wronged: An American anti-piracy bill tries to stem the global theft of intellectual property

    Viktor Mayer-Schönberger comments on the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). The latest of many recent attempts to defend property rights on the Internet, it aims to cut off Americans' access to foreign pirate websites by squeezing intermediaries.

  • 23 November 2011

    BBC Radio 4

    E-borders: 'poor, inefficient and over-hyped'

    Is the technology introduced at entry points to the UK fit for purpose? Some immigration officers think it is not. Ian Brown contributes to the debate on the security of the UK's borders for Radio 4's Today Programme.

  • 23 November 2011

    BBC News

    Screen test for the online classroom

    The screen is an important part of the lives of students and young people, and technology is allowing online teaching services to move mainstream. Bill Dutton talks about the future of learning in an increasingly online world.