The Oxford Internet Institute (OII), University of Oxford, is pleased to announce Nominet Trust’s support for the 2011-2012 cycle of the Oxford Internet Surveys (OxIS). Launched in 2003 by the OII, OxIS is one of Great Britain’s most in-depth and authoritative sources of information about Internet access, use and attitudes.

The biennial surveys use in-depth, face-to-face interviews with 2000 Internet users and non-users in order to learn about the changing ways in which Britons are using the Internet and how they feel about issues such as privacy and regulation. Findings are analysed across time, compared with survey outputs from other nations and shared and discussed with a broad audience of academics, policy-makers and business leaders.

Professor William Dutton, Director of the OII, said: “We are delighted that the Nominet Trust is supporting the OII and our commitment to producing high-quality, high-impact research. Only by maintaining reliable, detailed, relevant and consistent data over time can we know where efforts can be most effective in realising the Trust’s goal of a safe, educational and inclusive Internet.”

Dr Grant Blank, OII Survey Research Fellow and OxIS Coordinator, said: “As we prepare for the OxIS’s fifth survey cycle, we are conscious of just how quickly usage of, and attitudes towards, the Internet seem to be changing in Britain. To ensure we fully capture these developments, we will be introducing new questions and investigating key trends, such as the rise of social media and search. Nominet’s support will make a difference at every stage, from design, to fieldwork, to analysis and reporting.”

Chairman of the Nominet Trust, Jonathan Welfare, said: “In its emphasis on measuring and analyzing digital inclusion and access, in its examination of attitudes towards online safety and in its efforts to chart the varied ways in which the Internet is being used at home, at school and at work, OxIS provides valuable insights to all who are excited and concerned about the future of the Internet in Britain. We are proud to be supporting their efforts.”

Initial findings of the 2011-2012 OxIS survey will be available in June 2011. For updates and further information, including previous survey reports, visit: http://oxis.oii.ox.ac.uk/

Notes for Editors

Oxford Internet Surveys (OxIS) have been undertaken in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009 of nationally representative random samples of 2,000 people in the UK. By comparing different datasets over time, careful predictions about the future of the Internet are made in relation to how the Internet is affecting our society.

The Oxford Internet Institute was founded in 2001 as an academic centre for the study of the societal implications of the Internet. The Institute is engaged in a variety of research projects covering social, economic, political, legal, industrial, technical and ethical issues of the Internet in everyday life, governance and democracy, science and learning and shaping the Internet.

Nominet Trust is a charity that provides funds for innovative projects, which strive to improve and encourage the development of a safe, educational and inclusive Internet. The Trust will provide grants to organisations that can demonstrate vision and execution for Internet-related projects that make a tangible difference in developing a safe, educational and inclusive Internet in the UK and beyond.

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