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  • 26 June 2015

    NZ Herald

    Smart technology: Here's looking at you

    The New Zealand Herald reports Anne Marie Oostveen's work on facial recognition and the anxieties it arouses in the public. People are right to be worried she says.

  • 23 June 2015

    The Telegraph

    Facial recognition technology: Is Orwell’s fiction our reality?

    As sophisticated methods of facial recognition are developed, Anne-Marie Oostveen,says that people are very uncomfortable with the idea of it being used without their consent. They are 'right to be worried' she says.

  • 22 June 2015

    The Guardian

    Why we shouldn't get too excited about using big data for development

    In an article about the use of big data in development, Mark Graham strikes a note of caution. “Despite changing and widening connectivity in much of the world, the majority of the people on our planet are still entirely disconnected.”

  • 11 June 2015


    Culture rules us all

    Mark Graham says that the language used online is significant. He points out that the English and French language dominate Wikipedia in Africa and may reinforce colonial era patterns of production and representation.

  • 10 June 2015

    The Telegraph

    The joy of sticks: is video gaming like masturbation?

    An article on concerns about the effect of video gaming, particularly on young men, includes extensive comment Dr Andrew Przybylski, who urges caution saying there is no evidence of causal harm.

  • 1 June 2015

    El Espectador

    El mundo después de Snowden

    The World after Snowden. Ian Brown is interviewed at length by the Colombian Newspaper, El Espectador on the implications following the Snowden revelations (Spanish language)

  • 1 June 2015

    BBC News Technology

    Google overhauls privacy and security settings

    Whilst welcoming the changes being made to Google's security settings, Joss Wright has some reservations about the way the choices are presented.

  • 29 May 2015

    The Guardian

    The Digital Language Divide

    A Digital Guardian article which explores in depth the effects of language on internet use draws heavily on work done by OII researchers.

  • 26 May 2015

    ABC (Australia)

    Lessons from Luciano Floridi, the Google philosopher

    Luciano Floridi discusses themes from his new book ‘The Fourth Revolution.’ One realisation is that humans might not be the best at thinking. Could machines take over completely? Could we lose our sense of who we are?

  • 25 May 2015

    Mail Online

    Iris scanners can identify you in Reflections

    The MailOnline reprints the article by Anne-Marie Oostveen and Diana Dimitrova first published in The Conversation which discussed their research on the issues surrounding the use of iris recognition to strengthen security.

  • 21 May 2015

    The Conversation

    Iris scanners can now identify us from 40 feet away

    Anne-Marie Oostveen and Diana Dimitrova write about increasing and more effective methods of iris scanning. These raise serious legal challenges and provoke public anxiety

  • 20 May 2015

    The Journal

    Artificial Intelligence and smart technology on the agenda at Thinking Digital in Gateshead

    Luciano Floridi's keynote speech to the Thinking Digital conference held at Sage Gateshead in which he explored the mass fascination with the idea of robots dominating humans.

  • 19 May 2015

    BBC World News

    BBC Word News report on Google time lapse images

    Google and the University of Washington have created a set of striking time-lapse photos using publicly available photos. Brent Mittelstadt comments on the ethical issues raised by the increasing efficiency of data mining techniques.

  • 14 May 2015

    The Guardian

    Google must be more open on 'right to be forgotten', academics warn in letter

    Ian Brown is noted as a signatory of an open letter arguing for more transparency in the way that Google handles 'right to be forgotten' requests

  • 11 May 2015

    The Guardian

    The professor who thinks video games will be the downfall of men

    Serious concerns about the influence of video games and online pornography on young men have been raised in a new book. Andy Przybylski is quoted on his research into gaming and childhood well-being.

  • 7 May 2015


    Victoria Derbyshire

    Andy Przybylski debated the risks to isolated young men from online pornography with Dr Philip Zimbardo and a group of gamers on the BBC2 main morning news story (12.37 on the clock)

  • 6 May 2015

    BBC Radio 4


    Andy Przybylski debated the risks to isolated young men from online pornography with Dr Philip Zimbardo on BBC Radio 4's main morning news programme. (02:53:27 on the clock)

  • 1 May 2015

    Are doctors gradually becoming surplus to requirements?

    As diagnostic health-related technology advances doctors may be seen as 'second opinions'. Brent Mittelstadt has concerns and is currently working on specific proposals to regulate companies' data collection and use.

  • 1 May 2015

    Hindustan Times

    It's not over yet, let's keep the gears of net neutrality moving

    OII student Anuj Srivas co-authors an article examining the particular challenges along the path to net neutrality in India

  • 28 April 2015

    The Guardian

    The hidden biases of Geodata

    In a guest post, Mark Graham examines the sources of geographic information on the internet and highlights some of the biases leading to uneven geographies.

  • 23 April 2015

    The Conversation

    Wikipedia sockpuppetry: linking accounts to real people is pure speculation

    Taha Yasseri explains the background issues relating to accusations that Grant Shapps, Conservative party chairman edited Wikipedia pages relating to himself and to party rivals.

  • 22 April 2015

    BBC R4

    All in the Mind

    Claudia Hammond, presenter of BBC's All in the Mind interviewed Andy Przybylski along with a group of gamers on the impact of gaming on teenage brains highlighting his research on the potential influence.

  • 21 April 2015

    The Irish Times

    Unthinkable: Is uncertainty such a bad thing?

    Luciano Floridi explains to Joe Humphreys of the Irish Times why we should not eradicate doubt but use it to our advantage.

  • 17 April 2015

    Biztech Africa

    Delving into the sub-Saharan digital economy

    A full report on the study of micro-jobbing in sub-Saharan Africa which quotes Isis Hjorth talking about the results of the panel discussions.

  • 17 April 2015

    Disrupt Africa

    M4JAM part of Oxford research on digital economy

    South African micro-jobbing site M4JAM is contributing to the OII study of digital jobs, online freelancing and micro-work in Sub-Saharan Africa and South East Asia