Research

OII Research

OII research focuses on individual, collective and institutional behaviour on the internet. Now that digital connections are embedded in almost every aspect of everyday life, such research is crucial to understand the social, economic and political world.

Our Research

We are a social science department of the University of Oxford with a multi-disciplinary faculty from political science, sociology, law, geography, economics, communications, computer science, anthropology, physics, informatics, history and development. OII researchers use a diverse methodological toolkit, and develop cutting edge methods to understand digital life, such as experiments, social network analysis and big data approaches.

Our work stimulates and informs debate on internet-related issues. It is used by policy-makers around the world to shape policy and practice around the reinvention and use of the internet.

  • Projects

    Our research projects examine individual, collective and institutional behaviour on the Internet.

  • Publications

    Browse all the faculty publications, including books, articles, reports, working papers, and presentations.

  • Blogs

    We aggregate over thirty faculty and project blogs, exploring and discussing all aspects of 'life online'.

Publication

Children and video games

A new study suggests video game-playing for less than an hour a day is linked with better-adjusted children and teenagers. Andrew Przybylski's study: Electronic Gaming and Psychosocial Adjustment is published in Pediatrics.

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Search Engine Bias

What are the effects of integration between a search engine and a publisher? New article by Greg Taylor and A. de Cornière: Integration and Search Engine Bias. RAND Journal of Economics 45 (3) 576-597.

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Children and Online Risk

New article by V.Slavtcheva-Petkova, Vicki Nash, and M.Bulger: Evidence on the extent of harms experienced by children as a result of online risks: implications for policy and research (Information, Communication & Society).

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Society and the Internet: New Book by Graham, Dutton (eds)

How is society being shaped by the Internet? Society and the Internet (OUP) presents leading research addressing some of the most significant questions in the burgeoning field of Internet Studies.

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New Book by Luciano Floridi: "The Fourth Revolution"

Who are we, and how do we relate to each other? Luciano Floridi's new book on how the infosphere is reshaping human reality (OUP) argues that developments in ICT are changing the answer to these fundamental questions.

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Attitudes to Internet Trust

The new report 'The Internet Trust Bubble: Global Values, Beliefs and Practices' by W.Dutton et al. for the World Economic Forum explores global attitudes towards trust and the Internet. Read more about it Bill's blog.

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Virtual Goods and Economies

How can we create and analyze economies based on artificially scarce virtual goods? Just out from MIT Press is Virtual Economies: Design and Analysis by V.Lehdonvirta and E.Castronova.

New project

Big Domain Data for the Arts

The Big UK Domain Data for the Arts and Humanities project works with data derived from the UK domain crawl (1996-2013) to develop a framework for the study of web archive data, and to produce a major history of the UK web.

New project

Online Political Extremism

We form part of the VOX-Pol Network of Excellence, a new EU FP7-funded academic research network focused on researching the prevalence, contours, functions, and impacts of violent online political extremism and responses to it.

Publication

Sampling bias of social data

New paper out on the sampling bias introduced when collecting social data through public APIs, by Ning Wang (with S.González-Bailón, A.Rivero, J.Borge-Holthoeferd, and Y.Moreno): Assessing the bias in samples of large online networks. Social Networks 38:16-27.

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The Geography of Big Data

New paper by Mark Graham (with T.Shelton, A.Poorthuis, M.Zook): Mapping the Data Shadows of Hurricana Sandy: Uncovering the Sociospatial Dimensions of 'Big Data' (Geoforum 52: 167-179).

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Data Protection Remedies

Technological advances make it ever more important to safeguard the right to privacy. Ian Brown is a co-author of the UK part of a major study on data protection remedies published by the EU Fundamental Rights Agency.

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Geography and Big Data

Read: Mark Graham, and T.Shelton: Geography and the future of big data, big data and the future of geography, Dialogies in Human Geography 3 (3); with commentary from R.Kitchin, E.Ruppert, M.Batty, M.F.Goodchild, S.P.Gorman and S.González-Bailón.