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  • 29 May 2014

    Blaming video games for suicide is an illogical leap too far

    Video games can't be identified as a risk factor in the suicide rates of young men, Andy Przbylski tells Wired.

  • 29 May 2014

    Oxford Internet Institute

    Society and the Internet: New book edited by Mark Graham and William H. Dutton

    How is society being shaped by the diffusion and increasing centrality of the Internet in everyday life and work? This volume introduces students to a core set of readings that address this question in specific social and institutional contexts.

  • 27 May 2014

    BBC News Technology

    Gunman Elliot Rodger's videos removed by YouTube

    In the wake of You Tube’s decision to remove content posted online by the killer of six Californian students, Dr Andy Przybylski comments on the idea that technology could flag up disturbing content online in order to stop similar events.

  • 24 May 2014

    Zeit Online

    Rein geht alles. Aber was kommt raus?

    German language article in the wake of the ruling that Google may be required to remove information if a complaint is upheld, refers to and quotes Viktor Mayer-Schönberger.

  • 22 May 2014

    The Guardian

    'Revenge porn' victims receive boost from German court ruling

    A German court has ordered a man to delete intimate pictures of his ex-partner even without any intention to publish. Viktor Mayer-Schönberger says this decision is not about a 'right to forget' but more the 'right for one's own image'.

  • 22 May 2014

    BBC News Trending

    #BBCtrending: Why does Facebook want you to vote?

    Facebook introduced an 'I'm a voter' button on the day of local and European elections in the UK and the Netherlands. Bernie Hogan says this feature will provide the company with valuable data as well as encouraging voter turnout.

  • 22 May 2014

    BBC News Technology

    Companies 'lazy' towards updating security

    In the wake of the massive cyber-attack on the online marketplace eBay, Ian Brown said that companies involved in data breaches have been fined.

  • 22 May 2014

    The Times

    Millions of eBay users face password threat

    Users of eBay around the world have been told to change their passwords after a cyberattack. Asked if he had ever seen a data breach on this scale, Ian Brown, a cybersecurity expert said: ‘I haven’t. It’s enormous - it’s astonishing.

  • 22 May 2014

    BBC R4

    Today Programme

    Ian Brown contributes to the discussion on the flagship news programme about the implications of the massive security breach at eBay. (c1.52 on the clock) And also on Radio Essex.

  • 20 May 2014

    The Japan Times

    Why censoring search engines is a good idea

    The Japan Times quotes Viktor Mayer-Schönberger who suggests that in a digital age a bit more forgetting would be a good thing.

  • 16 May 2014


    How Big Data Will Change Our Lives and Our Understanding of Them

    Taha Yasseri takes the optimistic view that Big Data techniques used in computation social sciences will create 'self-aware' societies in the future which will be better places to belong to.

  • 15 May 2014

    The Independent

    Google chief Eric Schmidt says ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling has got the balance ‘wrong’

    Viktor Mayer-Schönberger suggests that the recent EU ruling allowing citizens to request Google remove links to their name is only likely to result in a few dozen more removals than are already made for copyright reasons.

  • 15 May 2014

    BBC Oxford

    QR codes used on ballot paper for the first time

    For the first time in the UK a QR code has been incorporated in a political party’s official emblem on the ballot paper. Jonathan Bright says that if this becomes more commonplace the Electoral Commission would have questions.

  • 14 May 2014

    BBC R4

    Four Thought

    Mark Graham explores the causes, manifestations and effects of global informational inequalities in a first-person talk as part of the Four Thought series on BBC Radio 4.

  • 14 May 2014

    Infographic: A freelance working week revealed

    The patterns of work of the world's freelancers has been mapped by an OII team led by Mark Graham and Stefano de Sabbata as part of a research project on virtual labour.

  • 13 May 2014

    BBC R2


    Ben Zevenbergen comments on the Simon Mayo show on the ruling of the European Court of Justice that Google must take down contentious content about individuals if requested. (1:35:30 on the clock)

  • 13 May 2014

    BBC World Service


    Viktor Mayer-Schönberger says that the recent European Court of Justice ruling only re-confirms the rights already granted 20 years ago by the European Directive on Data Protection and Privacy (19.20 on clock)

  • 13 May 2014


    Omission of search results is not a 'right to be forgotten' or the end of Google

    The EU court ruling requiring Google to excise search results if complained about doesn't address the major challenge of digital remembering says Viktor Mayer-Schönberger. Total digital recall risks creating a society that can't forget and forgive.

  • 13 May 2014

    Financial Times

    Web groups brace for flood of data requests

    Viktor Mayer-Schönberger points out to the Financial Times that the recent ruling of the European Court of Justice did not grant carte-blanche powers to individuals to demand Google redact information about them.

  • 7 May 2014

    BBC News Technology

    LG launches fridges, washers and cookers that chat

    New ‘smart-aware’ home appliances which allow owners to see what food is inside the fridge and control other home appliances are the stuff of classic nightmare stories warns Joss Wright, raising possibilities of a cooker being hacked at night.

  • 5 May 2014

    BBC World Service


    Vicki Nash talked to the BBC World Service 'Click' programme about the values and value of the Oxford Internet Institute and about its research. (15.07 on clock)

  • 1 May 2014

    Boost the economy: give away your data

    Viktor Mayer-Schönberger raises the possibility that in the future a few large data holders could control the raw material that fuels and promotes innovation and growth. His suggestion is that government should make its data troves accessible.

  • 1 May 2014

    Oxford Internet Institute

    OII News: Oxford London Lecture, New York, Connected Life 2014 and IPP2014

    Highlighting recent events at which the range and scope of OII research has been showcased, announcing the first ever student-led OII conference, and looking forward to the IPP2014 conference: 'Crowdsourcing for Politics and Policy'

  • 1 May 2014

    Oxford Internet Institute

    Virtual Economies: New book by Vili Lehdonvirta and Edward Castronova

    This book introduces the basic concepts of economics into the game developer's toolkits; explaining how the fundamentals of economics—markets, institutions, and money—can be used to create or analyze economies based on artificially scarce virtual goods.

  • 28 April 2014

    Government Technology

    Does Kenya's National Broadband Strategy Position it for Second-World Status?

    The technology site reports on broadband in Kenya quoting Mark Graham extensively. Unbridled optimist about new technology in Kenya is both good and bad he says.