- Internet and society
- Digital government and politics
- Information geographies and economies
- Science, learning and technology
- Internet governance, regulation and ethics
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.
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.
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.
Participants: Professor Mark Graham
The big data and human development research network aims to investigate the potential uses of 'big data' for advancing human development and addressing equity gaps.
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.
Participants: Dr Ruth Olimpia García Gavilanes, Dr Milena Tsvetkova, 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.
Participants: Dr Nicole Ellison, Dr Christine Greenhow, Dr Bernie Hogan, Joshua Melville
College Connect 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.
Participants: Professor Eric T. Meyer, Professor Ralph Schroeder
A study of big data and other innovative data-driven approaches for evidence-informed policy making.
Participants: Ben Zevenbergen
The Ethics in Networked Systems Research project exists to create an understanding of the social impact of high-tech Internet research and to facilitate a value-driven conversation between engineers and stakeholders.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Participants: Professor Chris Lintott, Dr Taha Yasseri, Dr Ruth Olimpia García Gavilanes, Dr Scott A. Hale, Dr Ali Swanson, Dr Milena Tsvetkova
The aim of this project is to conduct research in innovative citizen science, building on existing work by both the Oxford Internet Institute and by the Zooniverse team in the Department of Physics.
Participants: Professor Mark Graham, Dr Stefano De Sabbata, Joshua Melville
This project maps and measures the geographies of information on the Internet.
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.
Participants: Professor Mark Graham, Professor Helena Barnard, Dr Isis Hjorth, Dr Vili Lehdonvirta, Alex J Wood
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.
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?
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.
Participants: Dr Grant Blank, Ulrike Deetjen, Professor William H. Dutton, Professor Helen Margetts, 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.
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.
Participants: Dr Kathryn Eccles, Dr Taha Yasseri, Sophie Melville
In this project we take a Natural Language Processing approach to analyse the content of reports submitted to the Everyday Sexism project.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Participants: Professor Ian Brown, Dr Fehmi Ben Abdesslem, Dave Birch, Dr Sacha Brostoff, Dr Fadhila Haeri Mazanderani, Dr Tristan Henderson, David Houghton, Dr Adam Joinson, Miguel Malheiros, Dr Anne-Marie Oostveen, Dr 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.
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.
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.
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.
Participants: Professor Mark Graham, Devin Gaffney, Dr 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.
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.