• The global gig economy and its implications for African digital workers

    27 March 2017 Intelligent CIO


    Addressing the 4th UNI Africa Conference in Dakar, Senegal, Mark Graham warned of the danger of ‘parasitic capitalism’ where digital companies give little back to the places where they are embedded and platform workers are left to fend for themselves.

  • Fake news is shared as widely as the real thing

    27 March 2017 Financial Times


    Nearly a quarter of web content shared on Twitter by users in the battleground state of Michigan during the final days of last year's US election campaign were so-called fake news, according to a University of Oxford study.

  • How fake news becomes a popular, trending topic

    26 March 2017 CBS 60 Minutes


    The phrase “fake news” has been used by Trump to discredit responsible reporting that he dislikes. But 60 Minutes’ investigation looks at truly fake news created by con-artists. The OII's Phil Howard is interviewed about computational propaganda.

  • Live At The Oxford Literary Festival

    26 March 2017 BBC World Service


    Is human nature fixed - or is it ever changing? John Simpson discusses with geneticist Adam Rutherford, psychoanalyst Coline Covington, and philosopher Luciano Floridi (26:34-52:58).

  • Pay crash expected in online gig economy as millions seek work

    24 March 2017 New Scientist


    A huge number of people in South-East Asia and sub-Saharan Africa looking for online “gig economy” work could cause a race to the bottom on pay and conditions, according to a new report from the Oxford Internet Institute.

  • The Spy in Your TV

    12 March 2017 BBC World Service


    Dr Taha Yasseri of the Oxford Internet Institute discusses his research into how software robots, or bots, that are designed to make articles on Wikipedia better often end up having online fights lasting years over changes in content.

  • Tech Tent: Snooping TVs and battling bots

    10 March 2017 BBC News


    Dr Taha Yasseri and his colleagues at the Oxford Internet Institute have been looking at by studying the behaviour of bots that maintain pages on Wikipedia. It turns out that sometimes they disagree over edits.

  • The last things that will make us uniquely human

    9 March 2017 BBC Future


    In a few decades, AI will outstrip many of the abilities we believe make us special. This is a grand challenge for our age, argues researcher Viktor Mayer-Schonberger, and it may require an ‘irrational’ response.

  • Artificial intelligence runs wild while humans dither

    6 March 2017 Financial Times


    Research from the Oxford Internet Institute and the Alan Turing Institute has found algorithms are battling with each other, undoing rival edits on Wikipedia. They were surprised by the findings, concluding that we need to pay far more attention to them.

  • Editing bots are more like humans

    28 February 2017 The Hindu


    Software robots designed to improve articles on Wikipedia sometimes have online ‘fights’ over content that can continue for years, say scientists who warn that artificial intelligence systems may behave more like humans than expected.

  • Roman law offers a better guide to robot rights than sci-fi

    22 February 2017 The Financial Times


    As we lay the foundations for the mature information societies of the near future, we need new ethical frameworks to determine which forms of artificial agency we are happy to see flourishing in them, says Luciano Floridi.