Focusing on living and working in a 'Network Society'. This covers the role of the Internet and other ICTs in personal interactions in the household, workplace, the arts and entertainment, and civil society.

Current projects

  • Access Denied: A Qualitative Study of Inadequate Broadband Access in Rural Britain

    Participants: Dr Kathryn Eccles, Dr Anne-Marie Oostveen, Dr Bianca Reisdorf

    By using interviews and focus groups this project will focus on how people living and working in rural areas are affected by the unavailability of adequate Internet connections.

  • Big UK Domain Data for the Arts and Humanities

    Participants: Josh Cowls, Professor Eric T. Meyer, Professor Ralph Schroeder

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

  • Child Protection

    Participants: Dr Monica Bulger, Dr Victoria Nash, Dr Vera Slavtcheva-Petkova

    Work and activities by OII faculty and associates on issues surrounding online child safety and protection.

  • CollegeConnect

    Participants: Dr Nicole Ellison, Dr Christine Greenhow, Dr Bernie Hogan, Joshua Melville

    CollegeConnect is webpage that visualizes social networks automatically from Facebook and puts them to work for the user. The target market of the application is prospective college students as well as those just entering college or university.

  • Ethics of Biomedical Big Data

    Participants: Professor Luciano Floridi, Dr Brent Mittelstadt

    This project seeks to investigate the ethical aspects and requirements of Big Data in preparation to develop a European framework for the ethical use of Big Data in biomedical research.

  • FastPass: A Harmonized, Modular Reference System for all European Automatic Border Crossing Points

    Participants: Dr Anne-Marie Oostveen, Professor Ian Brown

    Border control is a major challenge for security and mobility within the EU. FastPass will establish and demonstrate a harmonized, modular approach for Automated Border Control (ABC) gates.

  • Geography of Digital Inequality

    Participants: Dr Grant Blank, Claudio Calvino, Professor Mark Graham

    This project combines OxIS and census data to produce the first detailed geographic estimates of Internet use across the UK.

  • GeoNet: Internet Geographies: Changing Connectivities and the Potentials of Sub-Saharan Africa's Knowledge Economy

    Participants: Professor Mark Graham, Dr Stefano De Sabbata, Dr Christopher Foster, Nicolas Friederici, Sanna Ojanperä, Clarence Singleton

    This research project is examining the geographies, drivers, and effects of Sub-Saharan Africa's emerging information economies at a time of changing connectivity and Internet access acros the region.

  • Internet Geographies: Data Shadows and Digital Divisions of Labour

    Participants: Professor Mark Graham, Dr Stefano De Sabbata, Joshua Melville

    This project maps and measures the geographies of information on the Internet.

  • Me, My Spouse and the Internet: Meeting, Dating and Marriage in the Digital Age

    Participants: Dr Grant Blank, Professor William H. Dutton, Dr Bernie Hogan, Dr Nai Li, Dr Monica Whitty

    The project uses survey data from Australian and UK couples to look at the significance and impact of the Internet on intimate relationships, including how people use ICTs to meet each other and maintain relationships, and how ICTs affect their behaviour.

  • Microwork and Virtual Production Networks in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia

    Participants: Professor Mark Graham, Professor Helena Barnard, Dr Isis Hjorth, Dr Vili Lehdonvirta

    This project aims to understand the current and potential impact of Internet and mobile technologies on social and economic development, especially when it comes to the emergence of new and transformative 'virtual' economic activities and work.

  • Open Data and Civic Engagement: Mechanisms for the Promotion of Political Participation

    Participants: Dr Sandra Gonzalez-Bailon, Dr Jonathan Bright, Dr Ning Wang

    How effective are open data initiatives in encouraging civic engagement in policy-relevant domains?

  • OxDEG: The Oxford Digital Ethnography Group

    Participants: Heather Ford, Dr William Kelly, John McManus, Professor Eric T. Meyer, Shireen Walton

    OxDEG, the Oxford Digital Ethnography Group, comprises students and faculty members from Oxford University who discuss and share ideas about the evolution of ethnography in a heavily mediated world.

  • OxIS: Oxford Internet Surveys

    Participants: Dr Grant Blank, Professor William H. Dutton, Professor Helen Margetts, Ulrike Rauer, Dr Bianca Reisdorf

    Research on access, use and attitudes to the Internet in Britain based on biennial surveys covering (for example) digital and social inclusion and exclusion, social networking, safety and privacy concerns, Internet regulation, and behaviour.

  • Social inequalities in the network era: Exploring the links between Internet use and social mobility in Britain

    Participants: Professor Rebecca Eynon

    Through analysis of OxIS survey data and in-depth interviews this project will explore if and how individuals from less well-off backgrounds can use the Internet to influence their social mobility.

  • The Global Internet Values Project: International Perspectives on Privacy, Security, Trust, and Freedom in a Networked World

    Participants: Gillian Bolsover, Professor Soumitra Dutta, Professor William H. Dutton, Ginette Law

    This research aims to identify patterns and trends in individual attitudes and behaviours related to online trust, privacy, security and freedom.

  • VOX-Pol Network of Excellence

    Participants: Dr Jonathan Bright, Professor Ian Brown

    The VOX-Pol research project is designed to comprehensively research, analyse, debate, and critique issues surrounding violent online political extremism (VOPE).

  • Wikichains: Encouraging Transparency in Commodity Chains

    Participants: Professor Mark Graham, Joshua Melville, Dr Steve New, David Sutcliffe

    Wikichains is a website that aims to encourage ethical consumption and transparency in commodity chains, by encouraging Internet users from around the world to upload text, images, sounds, and videos of any node on any commodity chain.

  • WIP: World Internet Project

    Participants: Dr Grant Blank, Professor William H. Dutton

    The World Internet Project (WIP) carries out panel surveys in over twenty countries to help understand how individuals adopt and use the Internet and other technologies, as well as the resulting social, economic, political and everyday-life implications.

Past projects

  • Clinical and psychological characteristics of Internet gamblers: web-based survey

    Participants: Professor William H. Dutton, John Geddes, Guy Goodwin, Joanne Lloyd, Dr Victoria Nash, Professor Robert D. Rogers

    Expanding our understanding of online gambling by undertaking a web-based survey of users of Internet gambling sites, covering areas such as demographic and occupational characteristics, psychological characteristics, and attitudes to risk.

  • Companions: Intelligent, Persistent, Personalised Multimodal Interfaces to the Internet

    Participants: Professor Yorick Wilks

    This project developed a virtual conversational 'Companion': an agent that stays with the user for long periods of time, develops a relationship and 'knows' its owner's preferences and wishes, communicating primarily by using and understanding speech.

  • Cyber-humour: the end of humour as we know it?

    Participants: Dr Limor Shifman

    Combining quantitative and qualitative methods to investigate the implications of the Internet on humorous communication (eg political, technology and gender based humour) starting from the senders of humorous messages and ending in receiving procedures.

  • Cybertrust: The tension between privacy and security in an e-society

    Participants: Professor William H. Dutton

    Perceptions of trust in online activities are significant factors influencing the kinds and extents of Internet use and interactions: this work draws on Oxford Internet Survey (OxIS) data to explore and refine key social determinants of cybertrust.

  • Digital Choices and the Reconfiguring of Access

    Participants: Professor William H. Dutton

    Research on how the use of the Internet in different, overlapping and interacting arenas is shaped by everyday and strategic choices about the design and use of the technology.

  • Does Wikipedia represent ‘the sum of all human knowledge’? Examining the geographical scope of a peer-produced encyclopedia

    Participants: Professor Mark Graham, Heather Ford, Brent Hecht, Dave Musicant, Shilad Sen

    This project aims to develop a set of lenses for analyzing Wikipedia’s geographical scope whilst employing a reflexive analytical process to expose the makings of the ‘big data’ that we will produce.

  • Effective Age Verification Techniques: Lessons to be Learnt from the Online Gambling Industry

    Participants: Dr Victoria Nash, Dr Rachel O'Connell, Ben Zevenbergen

    This cross-national research project focuses on the operation and efficacy of age verification techniques as employed by the European online gambling industry, comparing this to practice in other industry sectors.

  • Media Literacy: Testing and refining criteria to assess media literacy levels in all EU Member States

    Participants: Agnes Bruszik, Dr Monica Bulger, Paolo Celot, Professor William H. Dutton, Emilie Normann, Kristian Pederson

    This project aims to develop and validate indicators of adult media literacy levels, in response to the Audiovisual Media Services Directive requiring that the European Commission report levels of Media Literacy in all EU Member States by December 2011.

  • Privacy Value Networks (PVNets)

    Participants: Professor Ian Brown, Dr Fehmi Ben Abdesslem, Dave Birch, Dr Sacha Brostoff, Fadhila Haeri Mazanderani, Dr Tristan Henderson, David Houghton, Dr Adam Joinson, Miguel Malheiros, Dr Anne-Marie Oostveen, Chrysanthi Papoutsi, Iain Parris, Professor Angela Sasse, Dr Asimina Vasalou

    Privacy Value Networks (PVNets) is producing an empirical base for developing concepts of privacy across contexts and timeframes, addressing a current lack of clarity of what privacy is and what it means to stakeholders in different usage scenarios.

  • Spam email: a qualitative study

    Participants: Professor William H. Dutton, Dr Leslie Haddon

    A qualitative study of how individuals view and manage unwanted email, particularly spam, based on semi-structured interviews of users.

  • Using Twitter to Map and Measure Online Cultural Diffusion

    Participants: Professor Mark Graham, Devin Gaffney, Scott A. Hale, Dr Ning Wang

    This project is using Twitter data to comprehensively uncover where Internet content is being created; whether the amount of content created in different places is changing over time; and how content moves across time and space in the Social Web.

  • Who represents the Arab world online? Mapping and measuring local knowledge production and representation in the Middle East and North Africa

    Participants: Professor Mark Graham, Dr Bernie Hogan, Dr Ilhem Allagui, Richard Farmbrough, Heather Ford, Dr Ali Frihida, Ahmed Medhat Mohamed, Clarence Singleton

    Using Wikipedia to explore the participation gap between those who have their say, and those whose voices are pushed to the side, in representations of the Arab world online.