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.

  • An Ethical Framework for the New Civic Responsibilities of Online Service Providers

    Participants: Professor Luciano Floridi, Dr Mariarosaria Taddeo

    This project aims to analyse the new civic responsibilities of Online Service Providers, and the policies regulating them.

  • Big data and election prediction: analysing online information seeking during the European Parliament elections

    Participants: Eve Ahearn, Dr Jonathan Bright, Dr Taha Yasseri

    This project investigates the extent to which the characteristics of different political systems (for example, the number of major political parties) affect patterns of online information seeking behaviour which take place during election time.

  • 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.

  • Collective Memory in the Digital Age; understanding “forgetting” on the Internet

    Participants: Dr Taha Yasseri

    “The Internet doesn't forget”, but people do. Internet has had strong impacts on memory and the processes of remembering and forgetting. In this project we use data collected from the web to quantitatively study how people remember and forget past events.

  • 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.

  • Political Knowledge and the Web

    Participants: Dr Jonathan Bright

    Information is key for citizens to play their role in the democratic systems. Citizens need information to define their preferences and evaluate the activity of governments and parliaments.

  • Urban Data 2 Decide

    Participants: Dr Jonathan Bright, Dr Stefano De Sabbata, Dr Taha Yasseri

    Urban decision makers are nowadays faced with both unprecedented challenges as well as new op-portunities as the environment around them grows ever more complex.

  • 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