Max Loubser

 Max Loubser

Max Loubser is a DPhil student at the OII and Magdalen College. His thesis research is on governance in peer production projects with a focus on Wikipedia.


Max Loubser is a doctoral student at the Oxford Internet Institute. His research interests include peer/collaborative knowledge production, future Internet architectures and network and information security.

He holds a BSc degree in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa and a Master's degree in Internetworking from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. He joined Oxford University in October 2005 as a Rhodes Scholar at Magdalen College.

His current work is related to the social structure of Wikipedia and similar collaborative projects.

Positions held at the OII

  • DPhil Alumnus, August 2010 -
  • DPhil Student, January 2007 - July 2010


Past projects

  • Performance of distributed problem-solving networks

    August 2007 - February 2008

    Addressing the uncertainties that surround the coordination and performance of 'Distributed Problem Solving Networks' (DPSN), as well as the areas in which these new Internet-based forms offer advantages over more familiar modes of problem-solving.


Loubser, M. (2010) Organisational Mechanisms in Peer Productions: The Case of Wikipedia. DPhil Thesis, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford.



  • Social Search and implicit information

    Max Loubser on 20 Feb 2007 12:59PM

    What were Google thinking when they spent $1.65bn on YouTube? What Google was after was probably not the idea, or the infrastructure or the content, but the users. Users, in large numbers are incredibly valuable sources of information, even when they do [...]

  • Conferences and Inter vs Multi

    Max Loubser on 18 Oct 2006 12:59PM

    Two upcoming conferences might be of interest to the millions of people who read this. International Conference on Technology, Knowledge and Society 3rd International Conference on Communities and Technologies [...]