• Encouraging African entrepreneurship

    6 April 2017 The Economist


    In Africa, says Nicolas Friederici of Oxford University, incubators have disappointed because they are a supply-side solution: there are still too few promising startups in need of their services.

  • The Gig Economy and the Third World

    6 April 2017 Sputnik News


    Helena Barnard, an author of the OII report ‘The Risks and Rewards of Online Gig Work at the Global Margins' discusses whether the gig economy will boost or destroy the economies of developing countries.

  • 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.