Felix Simon is a student on the DPhil in Information, Communication & the Social Sciences, and was previously a student on the MSc in Social Science of the Internet.

Felix M. Simon is a journalist, researcher, and doctoral student at the Oxford Internet Institute (OII). He also works as a research assistant at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (RISJ) and regularly writes and comments on technology, media, and politics for various international outlets.

As a member of the Leverhulme Doctoral Centre “Publication beyond Print”, he is currently researching the implications of AI in journalism and the news industry, jointly supervised by Prof Gina Neff and Prof Ralph Schroeder and generously funded by the Leverhulme Trust. He has published, among others, in Journalism StudiesJournalism Practice, The Information Society, International Communication Gazette, International Journal of Press/Politics, the International Handbook of Internet Research and Transformative Works and Cultures and has co-authored various RISJ reports on topics ranging from innovation in the media to COVID-19 misinformation. His research has been covered, among others, in The Guardian, The Washington Post, Politico, Financial TimesSüddeutsche Zeitung, Nature, New Statesman, Business Insider, CNN, and the BBC, and he has given evidence to the UK House of Lords.

His past and current research focus on AI in the news, political communication in the digital age, big data in politics and the entertainment industry, as well as the changing nature of journalism and the media in the 21st century. He also takes an active interest in populism and the future of mis- and disinformation.

Felix graduated with a BA in Film and Media Studies as well as English Studies (Distinction) from Goethe-University Frankfurt, and he holds an MSc in Social Science of the Internet from the OII. During his previous studies, he was funded by the renowned journalism programme of the German Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation and he is currently a fellow at the Salzburg Global Seminar. Before returning to the OII for his doctoral studies, Felix worked as a journalist, editor and researcher in London. Past work experience also includes the BBC and Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS) in London and Innsbruck.

Positions held at the OII

  • DPhil student, October 2019, Present
  • Teaching Assistant, Social Dynamics of the Internet, October 2019-December 2019
  • Teaching Assistant, Social Dynamics of the Internet, October 2020-Present

Positions held elsewhere

  • Research Assistant, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, March 2017-Present
  • Fellow at the Salzburg Global Seminar, Present

Research Interests

Journalism, AI, Political communication, Media and cultural industries, Populism, Mis- & Disinformation

Supervisors at the OII



  • Are We Really Living in an Infodemic? Deconstructing a Buzzword

    Recorded: 4 November 2020

    Duration: 00:58:56

    This webinar describes the main consequences of the uncritical adoption of the term ‘infodemic’ in the development of rigorous science on the topic, and further argues how the uncritical adoption of it in policymaking can do more harm than good.