Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford
Oxford Internet Institute (OII) doctoral student Malte Ziewitz has been awarded the PGP Corporation scholarship for the academic year 2008-09. His research investigates the role of Internet-based reputation and rating systems in the governance of human behaviour
Malte, who is in the third year of his research into the changing role of law and regulations in communication networks, welcomed the award, saying: “This is a great honour and will be crucial in helping me complete my research. PGP Corporation’s generous support is a great example of corporate citizenship and engagement with the next generation of Internet researchers.”
Malte’s research investigates the role of Internet-based reputation and rating systems in the governance of human behaviour. With a background in law and public policy, he is interested in exploring new and innovative ways of achieving public policy goals in digitally networked environments. Educated in Hamburg, Rome and at Harvard, Malte joined the OII as one of its first doctoral students in October 2006.
The Scholarship which is gifted by PGP Corporation, a global leader in email and data encryption software, is awarded on the basis of academic merit. Phillip Dunkelberger, president and CEO of PGP Corporation, commended the Selection Committee’s decision, by commenting:
“We are honoured to be associated with a prestigious university, such as Oxford, and be instrumental in the research being undertaken by Malte and the Oxford Internet Institute to further the rule of law,” said Dunkelberger. “We recognize the importance that this research plays in furthering developments and technology innovation.”
OII Director Professor William Dutton thanked PGP Corporation for their support, noting that: “It is only by offering competitive funding packages that we can expect to recruit and keep the very best students undertaking research which is both academically excellent and policy-relevant.”
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