Ten years ago, the vision for an institute dedicated to the study of the societal implications of the Internet was realised thanks to the extraordinary generosity of Dame Stephanie Shirley. As one of the UK's first major IT entrepreneurs, with a deep personal and professional interest in the social and ethical questions raised by the Internet's growth, Dame Stephanie recognized the opportunity for the University of Oxford to assume a position of global leadership in this significant field of research. Dame Stephanie continues to provide guidance to the OII's leadership as a member of the Advisory Board. She is a past president of BCS (The Chartered Institute for IT) and the Information Technologist's Company. Named in 2009 as the UK's Ambassador for Philanthropy, she is passionate about inspiring others to use their wealth to create transformative change.

In addition to The Shirley Foundation's benefaction, significant core funding was also provided by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

Key supporters

Over the past decade, a number of organisations have played critical roles in enabling us to attract and retain world-class academic talent, conduct cutting-edge research and support graduate students. We are particularly grateful for the support of the following:

  • Afilias
  • AOL
  • Bradley Foundation
  • Bristol City Council
  • British Library
  • BT
  • Cisco
  • Deloitte
  • Department of Communities and Local Government
  • e-Harmony
  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
  • European Commission
  • European Research Development Fund
  • Ford Foundation
  • Google
  • International Development Research Centre
  • JISC
  • John Fell Fund
  • MacArthur Foundation
  • McKinsey Technology Initiative
  • Microsoft
  • National Audit Office
  • Nominet
  • Nominet Trust
  • Nuffield Foundation
  • O2
  • Oak Foundation
  • Ofcom
  • Oxford Martin School
  • PGP
  • Policy Studies Organisation
  • Research Information Network (RIN)
  • Royal Academy of Engineering
  • Scottish and Southern Energy
  • Social Science Research Council (SSRC)
  • Society for Computers and Law
  • Wanadoo

Additional Support

We are grateful for additional support provided by: Advantage West Midlands, Arts and Humanities Research Council, As An Angel, Barney Gibbens, BBC World Service Trust, British Academy, Cambridge Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Christopher Michel, DotAsia, Dutch Scientific Council for Government Policy, Eddie Kuo, EDS, Europaeum, Fox Interactive Media, France Telecom, Green Hills Software, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, IBM, Information Commissioner's Office, InterfaceSpace, Internet Caucus Advisory Group, Internet Society, Japan-America Institute of Management Science, London Business School, Loquendo, Maison Francaise (University of Oxford), Management Centre for the Electronic Government Network (Portugal),, Microsoft Research, Nanyang University, Napier University, Net7, North Lincolnshire Council, Office of Naval Research, Office of Public Sector Information, Open Society Institute, Oracle, Oxford Digital Data Dialogue (ODD3), Oxford University Press, QinetiQ, Queensland University of Technology, RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana, Routledge, Sobota Foundation, South East England Development Agency, Talisma, Taylor & Francis, Technical University of Denmark, Technology & Marketing Ventures, Telefonica, TeliaSonera, Threepipe, Toby Coppel, UNESCO, Universities China Committee in London, University College London, University of Bradford, University of Bristol, University of Hull, University of Manchester, University of Pennsylvania, University of Southampton, University of Southern California, University of York