Reconfigure: Feminist Action Research in Cybersecurity
By Julia Slupska, Scarlet Dawson Duckworth, Gina Neff, Nayana Prakash, Selina Cho, Linda Ma, Laura Shepherd, Hayyu Imanda, Hubert Au, Antonella Perini, and Romy Minko
The discourse around cybersecurity can often seem academic and exclusive. The Reconfigure project aims to build a feminist alternative and this report sets out findings from a pilot study applying “action research” methods to cybersecurity questions.
Work in the Planetary Labour Market: Fairwork Cloudwork Ratings 2021
By Kelle Howson, Hannah Johnston, Nancy Salem, Robbie Warin, Fabian Ferrari, Yihan Zhu, Pablo Aguera Reneses, Funda Ustek-Spilda, Daniel Arubayi, Srujana Katta, Shelly Steward, Matthew Cole, Adam Badger, and Mark Graham
What sort of working standards do gig economy remote workers face? This Fairwork report scores 17 platforms on the conditions they offer, and highlights the failure to offer basic standards of fairness across much of the cloudwork industry.
Libraries on the Front Lines of the Digital Divide: The Oxfordshire Digital Inclusion Project Report
By Kira Allmann, Grant Blank, and Annique Wong
In the era of ‘compulsory computing’, libraries offer crucial resources for those caught on the wrong side of the digital divide. Yet, this report finds that Oxfordshire libraries are significantly under-resourced when it comes to digital provision.
Fairwork UK Ratings 2021: Labour Standards in the Gig Economy
By Alessio Bertolini, Matthew Cole, Mark Graham, Srujana Katta, Daniel Arubayi, and Funda Ustek-Spilda
Workers in the growing gig economy face persistent gaps in worker protections. This first Fairwork UK ratings report scores ten platforms on the working conditions that they offer and highlights where labour standards need improving.
Old Cracks, New Tech: Artificial Intelligence, Human Rights, and Good Governance in Highly Fragmented and Socially Stratified Societies: The Case of Kenya
By Nanjala Nyabola
Artificial intelligence is touted as a solution to complex social and political issues around the world, particularly in developing countries like Kenya. This report argues that care is needed if AI is not to exacerbate cleavages in society instead.
China’s Public Diplomacy Operations: Understanding Engagement and Inauthentic Amplification of PRC Diplomats on Facebook and Twitter
By Marcel Schliebs, Hannah Bailey, Jonathan Bright, and Philip N. Howard
The Chinese state increasingly employs social media in its public diplomacy efforts. This report by Oxford researchers lays out the vast extent of China’s operations on Twitter, where it controls a huge number of highly active accounts.
Artificial Intelligence in Local Government: Enabling Artificial Intelligence for Good Governance in UK Local Authorities
By Thomas Vogl
How can local authorities in the UK use artificial intelligence towards good governance? This report from the Oxford Commission on AI and Good Governance identifies the key challenges and solutions for AI in local government.
Practical Lessons for Government AI Projects: Evidence from Four Smart City Initiatives
By Godofredo Ramizo Jr
Governments around the world are launching projects that embed artificial intelligence (AI) in the delivery of public services. This report suggests how government officials can navigate the complexities of AI projects to deliver successful outcomes.
Industrialized Disinformation: 2020 Global Inventory of Organized Social Media Manipulation
By Samantha Bradshaw, Hannah Bailey, and Philip N. Howard
Social media is increasingly used to spread political propaganda. This report outlines the extent of digital manipulation by state actors, despite the efforts of sites like Facebook and Twitter, arguing that it poses a critical threat to democracy.
Four Principles for Integrating AI & Good Governance
By Lisa-Maria Neudert and Philip N. Howard
AI promises to unlock new efficiencies in government and transform a wide array of public service tasks, but short-sighted use of AI could just create new problems. This report offers a framework for integrating AI with good governance.
Fairwork 2020 Annual Report
By The Fairwork network
The pandemic has highlighted the conditions faced by precarious gig workers globally. This report sets out the work of the Fairwork network in evaluating and challenging those conditions over 2020.
The Gig Economy and Covid-19: Fairwork Report on Platform Policies
By Funda Ustek-Spilda, Richard Heeks, Mark Graham, Alessio Bertolini, Srujana Katta, Sandra Fredman, Kelle Howson, Fabian Ferrari, Mounika Neerukonda, Pradyumna Taduri, Adam Badger, and Nancy Salem
The COVID-19 pandemic has hit precarious gig workers particularly hard. This Fairwork report considers platforms’ responses to the virus and suggests that work remains to sufficiently protect their workers.