- Internet and society
- Digital government and politics
- Information geographies and economies
- Science, learning and technology
- Internet governance, regulation and ethics
How ICTs reshape business models, markets and economic development. This includes new approaches to collaboration in sharing, contributing and co-producing information products and services, and winners and losers in access, search, and other online activities.
Participants: Dr Felix Akorli, Claude Bizimana, Dr Christopher Foster, Dr Mark Graham, Charles Katua, Dr Laura Elizabeth Mann, Professor Tim Waema
By using surveys, interviews and in-depth observations, this project examines the expectations and stated potentials of broadband Internet in East Africa and compares those expectations to on-the-ground effects that broadband connectivity is having.
Participants: Professor Peter John, Professor Helen Margetts, Dr Nir Vulkan, Lucy Bartlett, Ingrid Boxall, Tobias Escher, 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 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: Heather Ford, Dr Mark Graham, Scott A. Hale, Dr Bernie Hogan, Han-Teng Liao, Dr Taha Yasseri
This project brings together OII research fellows and doctoral students to shed light on the incorporation of new users and information into the Wikipedia community.
Participants: Dr Monica Bulger, Professor Ralph Schroeder, Dr Greg Taylor
The aim of this study is to identify key challenges to the realisation of benefits from big data in the UK economy, along with pathways to overcoming these challenges.
Participants: Professor Paul Allan David, Professor William H. Dutton, Dr Robert Ackland, David A. Bray, Irene Cassarino, Karen Croxson, Professor Jean-Michel Dalle, Dr Matthijs den Besten, Tobias Escher, Dr Aldo Geuna, Max Loubser, Dr Jukka-Pekka Onnela, Felix Reed-Tsochas, Wolf Richter, Philipp Tuertscher
Addressing the uncertainties that surround the coordination and performance of 'Distributed Problem Solving Networks' (DPSN), as well as the areas in which these new Internet-based forms offer advantages over more familiar modes of problem-solving.
Participants: Dr Sandra Gonzalez-Bailon
Investigating instances of collective action that have solved an old dilemma: why should people contribute to collective goods (eg online collaborative platforms) when, by being public, they can be enjoyed without making a contribution to their provision?
Participants: Professor Jonathan Zittrain
A leading independent authority on trends in badware and its distribution, and a focal point for the development of collaborative, community-minded approaches to stopping badware. The main focus is on research and public education.
Participants: Professor Paul Allan David
Paul David directed a major international networked project on the 'free / libre / open source' approach to software development, virtual communities and the broader implications of 'the "open source" way of working'.
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.