- Internet and society
- Digital government and politics
- Information geographies and economies
- Science, learning and technology
- Internet governance, regulation and ethics
Where ICTs offer significant opportunities for restructuring practices and institutions in the management and delivery of government services and the functioning of governance and democratic processes, such as the rise of a 5th Estate.
Participants: Professor Philip Howard
This project will focus on how bots, algorithms and other forms of automation are used by political actors in countries around the world.
Participants: Dr Jonathan Bright, Dr Scott A. Hale, Professor Helen Margetts, Dr Taha Yasseri
This site collects elections research at the OII. We are interested in exploring the extent to which data from the social web can be used to predict interesting social and political phenomena, especially elections.
Participants: Gillian Bolsover, Professor Ian Brown, Professor William H. Dutton
This Oxford-based Centre aims become a leading global resource for understanding how to deliver effective cyber security; OII Fellows Bill Dutton and Ian Brown lead its work on security cultures and regulation.
Participants: Simon Bastow, Professor Patrick Dunleavy, Dr Tobias Escher, Dr Scott A. Hale, Professor Helen Margetts, Oliver Pearce, Jane Tinkler
Research dedicated to improving knowledge and understanding of e-government and the impact of web-based technologies on government.
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: Professor Peter John, Professor Helen Margetts, Dr Nir Vulkan, Lucy Bartlett, Ingrid Boxall, Dr Tobias Escher, Dr Scott A. Hale
Oxford eXperimental Laboratory is undertaking laboratory-based experiments (eg information-seeking tasks) on networked computers in two disciplines: Economics (interactive decision making) and Political Science (evaluating government information online).
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: Professor Helen Margetts, Dr Jonathan Bright, Dr Sandra Gonzalez-Bailon, Dr Scott A. Hale, Professor Eric T. Meyer, Tom Nicholls, Dr Taha Yasseri
This project aims to enhance JISC's UK Web Domain archive, a 30 TB archive of the .uk country-code top level domain collected from 1996 to 2010. It will extract link graphs from the data and disseminate social science research using the collection.
Participants: Professor William H. Dutton, Professor Rebecca Eynon, Professor Helen Margetts
Investigating the legal, organisational, technological and other barriers to expanding effective eGovernment services using the Internet and to define possible solutions at a European level to overcome such obstacles.
Participants: Dr Steve Ward
Research on the role and use of new ICTs in the 2005 UK election campaign, drawing on data from both a top-down party perspective and bottom-up voter perspective using qualitative and quantitative methods.
Participants: Professor Stephen Coleman, Professor William H. Dutton, Dr Sonia Liff, Dr Victoria Nash
Achieving a deeper understanding of the nature, extent and potential of civil society groups' participation in the 2003 World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and ICT policy making by establishing a cross-sector academic / practitioner dialogue.
Participants: Professor Ian Brown, Dr David Erdos, Dr Joss Wright, Ben Zevenbergen
This project is developing concrete guidance with regards to privacy and data protection for researchers using Internet measurement tools for mobile phones in a usable and understandable format.
Participants: Dr Anne-Marie Oostveen
Does e-democracy increase trust in government, and, if so, under what conditions? This work is based on case studies (involving observation / interviewing) of local and national e-democracy initiatives selected from England and the Netherlands.
Participants: Professor Stephen Coleman
Evaluating the successes and failures of local authorities in facilitating ground-up, citizen-led approaches to e-democracy, and considering how authorities have tried to harness the power of ICTs to create and stimulate new forms of 'civic space'.
Participants: Professor Patrick Dunleavy, Dr Tobias Escher, Professor Helen Margetts, Jane Tinkler
A value for money study for the National Audit Office (NAO) looking at information exchange between the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and its benefit customers.
Participants: Professor Alexandre Caldas, Professor Paul Allan David, Professor William H. Dutton, Orges Ormanidhi
Investigating indicators of productivity growth in public sector institutions across eight EU countries, including patterns and impacts of ICT use, organisational perspectives, and implications of the interaction of ICT usage and organisational processes.
Participants: Professor Ian Brown, Professor William H. Dutton, Desiree Miloshevic, Professor Jonathan Zittrain
A programme of seminars, forums and conferences informing our research on Internet governance.
Participants: Dr Cristobal Cobo, Professor William H. Dutton, Professor Eric T. Meyer
KNETWORKS aims to create a strong knowledge sharing and dissemination network in the Atlantic area to promote the exchange of good practices and implementation strategies for building and exploiting a 21st century knowledge and information society.
Participants: Professor Richard Rose
A study on transnational Internet communication in which one party has a bi-cultural understanding and uses English as a foreign language while the other (native English) party assumes (not entirely correctly) that there is a shared understanding.
Participants: Professor Helen Margetts, Dr Sandra Gonzalez-Bailon, Dr Ning Wang
Where do political and policy-oriented mobilizations (such as e-petitions or organized protests) start and how are they sustained? What affects the propensity of people to join a mobilization, and hence, the mobilization's success?
Participants: Professor Jonathan Zittrain
The Open Net Initiative aims to investigate, expose and analyze Internet filtering and surveillance practices, uncovering the potential pitfalls and unintended consequences of these practices, and helping to inform better public policy and advocacy work.
Participants: Dr Steve Ward
Evaluating the use of the Internet by parliaments and representatives in the UK and Australia, contributing to current debates about the health of representative parliamentary democracy and the role of political representatives in the 21st century.
Participants: Ingemar Cox, Steffen Huck, Professor Helen Margetts
This research applied a multidisciplinary approach to developing a methodology for evaluating the web structure and 'health' of e-government, and investigating design mechanisms for fundraising on the Internet (including determinants of giving behaviour).
Participants: Professor Miriam Lips, Dr Joe Organ, Professor John Taylor
Gathering empirical data on a variety of digital means for constructing and managing the citizen's identity in e-Government service relationships, and exploring varying relationships between the citizen and government in different policy fields.
Participants: Dr Sandra Gonzalez-Bailon
This project examines the research potential of online communication to gauge public opinion by reviewing different methods to draw public opinion indicators from online communication, focusing on what the public thinks and how they think about it.
Participants: Professor Stephen Coleman
Investigated how young people gather and communicate civic information online, and setting a new agenda for debating the relationship between young people, the Internet and democracy, arguing they are moving to newer forms of participation.
Participants: Dr Michael Biggs, Dr Sandra Gonzalez-Bailon
How are digital media changing the way in which people mobilize for a collective cause? Why do some individuals take part in protest, and others not? These issues are investigated through the UK student campaign against raised tuition fees.
Participants: Professor William H. Dutton, Dr Elizabeth Dubois
The Fifth Estate is a research project designed to examine critically the Internet's role in enabling new forms of democratic accountability and voice, comparable to the press of an earlier era.
Participants: Professor Helen Margetts, Dr Scott A. Hale, Tom Nicholls, Dr Taha Yasseri
This research programme aims to assess where political science understanding, knowledge and theory should be re-examined and developed in light of widespread use of the Internet, and to develop methodologies to study online behaviour.
Participants: Dr Robert Ackland, Professor Bruce Bimber, Markus Buchhorn, Dr Rachel Gibson, Dr Mathieu O'Neil, Dr Steve Ward
The first stage in the establishment of a 'Virtual Observatory for the Study of Online Networks': a Grid-enabled research environment facilitating cutting-edge collaborative research into the existence and impact of online social and political networks.