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Cailean Osborne

DPhil Student

Cailean Osborne

DPhil Student


Cailean is a DPhil Candidate in Social Data Science. His research interests concern the political economy of open source software (OSS) and the digital commons at large. His DPhil thesis is on ‘The Political Economy of Open Source Software: Case Studies from Artificial Intelligence Developer Communities.’ Alongside his DPhil, Cailean is a Researcher at the Linux Foundation, where he contributes to diverse research projects on OSS trends. Prior to his DPhil, Cailean worked as the International Policy Lead at the UK Government’s Centre for Data Ethics & Innovation and studied at the University of Oxford, University of Edinburgh, and UC Santa Barbara. Cailean’s DPhil research is funded by the UK’s Economic & Social Research Council.

Research Interests

Open source software; digital commons; political economy; computational social science; social network analysis; machine learning; technology policy

Positions at the OII

  • DPhil Student, September 2021 -
  • MSc Student, October 2017 - September 2019



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