Victoria Nash is the OII's Deputy Director and Policy and Research Fellow. She focuses on linking OII research to policy and practitioner communities.

email: victoria.nash@oii.ox.ac.uk

tel: +44 (0)1865 287231

Victoria Nash is the Deputy Director and Policy and Research Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute (OII). In the latter role, she is responsible for connecting OII research with policy and practice. Her particular research interests draw on her background as a political theorist, and concern the theoretical and practical application of fundamental liberal values in the Internet era. Recent projects have included efforts to map the legal and regulatory trends shaping freedom of expression online for UNESCO, analysis of age verification as a tool for balancing the interests of children and adults online, and the role of information and Internet access in the development of moral autonomy. She is also Course Director of the OII’s Summer Doctoral Programme.

Prior to joining the OII in 2002, Vicki was a Research Fellow at the Institute of Public Policy Research. She received her D.Phil in Politics from Nuffield College, Oxford University in 1999, having completed an M.Phil in Politics from Magdalen College in 1996, and a BA (Hons) Degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics before this.

Areas of Interest for Doctoral Supervision

Child safety, democracy, ethics, governance, inequality, public policy

Positions held at the OII

  • Deputy Director, August 2014 –
  • Policy and Research Fellow, August 2002 –
  • Director of Graduate Studies, September 2010 – March 2014
  • Director of Graduate Studies, October 2008 – September 2009

Students supervised at the OII

Current students
Past students
  • Dr Marcelo Thompson
  • Jon Penney

Latest blog posts

Current projects

  • Child Protection

    Participants: Dr Victoria Nash, Dr Monica Bulger, Dr Vera Slavtcheva-Petkova

    Work and activities by OII faculty and associates on issues surrounding online child safety and protection.

Past projects

  • Effective Age Verification Techniques: Lessons to be Learnt from the Online Gambling Industry

    Participants: Dr Victoria Nash, Ben Zevenbergen, Dr Rachel O'Connell

    This cross-national research project focuses on the operation and efficacy of age verification techniques as employed by the European online gambling industry, comparing this to practice in other industry sectors.

  • Clinical and psychological characteristics of Internet gamblers: web-based survey

    Participants: Professor William H. Dutton, Dr Victoria Nash, Joanne Lloyd, Professor Robert D. Rogers, John Geddes, Guy Goodwin

    Expanding our understanding of online gambling by undertaking a web-based survey of users of Internet gambling sites, covering areas such as demographic and occupational characteristics, psychological characteristics, and attitudes to risk.

  • Civil society participation in the World Summit for the Information Society (WSIS)

    Participants: Professor William H. Dutton, Dr Victoria Nash, Dr Sonia Liff, Professor Stephen Coleman

    Achieving a deeper understanding of the nature, extent and potential of civil society groups' participation in the 2003 World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and ICT policy making by establishing a cross-sector academic / practitioner dialogue.

  • EICN working group on child protection and mobile phones

    Participants: Professor William H. Dutton, Dr Victoria Nash

    An OII-led working group to gather information and develop policy recommendations about the practices of mobile network operators in Europe in relation to child protection in the era of third-generation (3G) multimedia mobile phones.

Books

  • Paxton, W. (2002) Any Volunteers for the Good Society?. Institute for Public Policy Research.

Chapters

  • Ahlert, C., Nash, V.J. and Marsden, C. (2005) "Implications of the Mobile Internet for the Protection of Minors" In: L'ICT Trasforma la Societa. Milan: Forum per la Tecnologia della Informazione.

Journal articles

Reports

  • Nash, V.J., Adler, J.R., Horvath, M.A.H., Livingstone, S., Marston, C., Owen, G. and Wright, J. (2016) "Identifying the Routes by which Children View Pornography Online: Implications for Future Policy-makers Seeking to Limit Viewing" In: Report of the Expert Panel for the DCMS Consultation "Child Safety Online: Age Verification for Pornography".
  • Nash, V.J., O'Connell, R., Zevenbergen, B. and Mishkin, A. (2014) "Effective age verification techniques: Lessons to be learnt from the online gambling industry" In: Final Report, December 2012-December 2013. Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford.
  • Dutton, W.H., Dopatka, A., Hills, M., Law, G. and Nash, V.J. (2011) "Freedom of connection - freedom of expression: The changing legal and regulatory ecology shaping the internet" In: UNESCO, Division for Freedom of Expression, Democracy and Peace. Paris: UNESCO.
  • Powell, A., Hills, M. and Nash, V.J. (2010) "Child protection and freedom of expression online" In: Oxford Internet Institute Discussion Forum Paper No. 17.. Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford.

Presentations

  • Slavtcheva-Petkova, V., Nash, V.J. and Bulger, M.E. (2013) Evidence on the extent of harms experienced by children as a result of online risks: A critical synthesis of research. International Communication Association (ICA) Annual Meeting.
  • Slavtcheva-Petkova, V., Nash, V.J. and Bulger, M.E. (2013) Does the Internet harm children's health? A critical review of the evidence. Annual Conference of the Media, Communication, and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA).
  • Digital Era Government and Politics

    Providing an in-depth understanding of the changing nature of digital-era governance and politics and the theoretical, practical and ethical questions surrounding the role of the Internet and related technologies in political life.

  • Digital Era Government and Politics: OII MSc Option Course

    Recorded: 12 July 2015

    Duration: 00:03:19

    This option course for the OII MSc in "Social Science of the Internet" examines the impact of the Internet and related technologies on the core activities and institutions of government and politics

  • You can’t solve problems by breaking the net

    Recorded: 5 December 2013

    Duration: 00:14:22

    Interview with Cory Doctorow, discussing the mistakes politicians commit when regulating the Internet.

  • A better internet for kids – with or without politicians?

    Recorded: 21 November 2013

    Duration: 00:07:33

    Interview with Simon Milner, Director of Policy, UK and Ireland, Facebook.

  • Interview with Mike Bracken

    Recorded: 14 November 2013

    Duration: 00:12:04

    Interview with Mike Bracken, Executive Director of Digital in the Cabinet Office.

  • Pete Lomas (Raspberry Pi) in Conversation — OII Internet Awards 2012

    Recorded: 13 November 2012

    Duration: 00:21:33

    Victoria Nash talks to Pete Lomas, Founder and Trustee at innovative non-profit foundation Raspberry Pi, recipients of an OII Internet and Society Award, in recognition of their exemplary efforts in using the Internet for the public good in Britain.

  • Potential and Challenges of Big Data for Public Policy-Making (IPP 2012 Plenary Panel)

    Recorded: 21 September 2012

    Duration: 01:00:14

    Panellists discuss the opportunities and challenges posed by big data for research and public policy-making at the conference "IPP2012: Big Data: Big Challenges".

  • Interview with Peter Grabosky: 2005 CyberSafety Conference

    Recorded: 9 September 2005

    Duration: 00:05:42

    Interview with Peter Grabosky from the 2005 Cybersafety Conference, focusing on the complex web of issues, assumptions and trade-offs involved in improving online safety and security at a personal, national and international level.

  • Interview with Jim Gamble: 2005 CyberSafety Conference

    Recorded: 9 September 2005

    Duration: 00:05:47

    Interview with Jim Gamble from the 2005 Cybersafety Conference, focusing on the complex web of issues, assumptions and trade-offs involved in improving online safety and security at a personal, national and international level.

  • Interview with Sonia Livingstone: 2005 CyberSafety Conference

    Recorded: 9 September 2005

    Duration: 00:02:37

    Interview with Sonia Livingstone from the 2005 Cybersafety Conference, focusing on the complex web of issues, assumptions and trade-offs involved in improving online safety and security at a personal, national and international level.

  • Interview with Lilian Edwards: 2005 CyberSafety Conference

    Recorded: 9 September 2005

    Duration: 00:02:40

    Interview with Lilian Edwards from the 2005 Cybersafety Conference, focusing on the complex web of issues, assumptions and trade-offs involved in improving online safety and security at a personal, national and international level.

  • Interview with Liz Butterfield: 2005 CyberSafety Conference

    Recorded: 9 September 2005

    Duration: 00:04:08

    Interview with Liz Butterfield from the 2005 Cybersafety Conference, focusing on the complex web of issues, assumptions and trade-offs involved in improving online safety and security at a personal, national and international level.

  • Interview with Ian Walden: 2005 CyberSafety Conference

    Recorded: 9 September 2005

    Duration: 00:04:07

    Interview with Ian Walden from the 2005 Cybersafety Conference, focusing on the complex web of issues, assumptions and trade-offs involved in improving online safety and security at a personal, national and international level.

  • Interview with Roger Darlington: 2005 CyberSafety Conference

    Recorded: 9 September 2005

    Duration: 00:04:46

    Interview with Roger Darlington from the 2005 Cybersafety Conference, focusing on the complex web of issues, assumptions and trade-offs involved in improving online safety and security at a personal, national and international level.

  • CyberSafety Conference: Introductions

    Recorded: 9 September 2005

    Duration: 00:27:03

    Introductions to the 2005 Cybersafety Conference, focusing on the complex web of issues, assumptions and trade-offs involved in improving online safety and security at a personal, national and international level.

  • Report Assesses Routes By Which Children Access Online Pornography

    16 February 2016 - 12:00 am

    Many UK children are seeing explicit sexual images online and commercial pornography distributors could do more to limit this, says a new DCMS report. The OII's Victoria Nash led a panel of experts who laid out possible measures to mitigate risks.

  • Oxford University Teaching Awards for OII Faculty

    3 November 2011 - 12:00 am

    We are extremely pleased to announce that three members of the OII teaching faculty are to receive awards from the University of Oxford, in recognition of their excellent contributions to the department's teaching over the past year.

  • Denham celebrates excellence in teaching

    17 October 2008 - 12:00 am

    OII Fellows Rebecca Eynon and Victoria Nash are awarded prizes at University of Oxford Teaching Awards ceremony. The scheme is run by the Oxford University Learning Institute and aims to recognise excellence in college and university teaching

  • Limiting Children’s Access to Porn Online

    17 February 2016 Huffpost Tech


    Vicki Nash writes about the findings of the report commissioned by the Government on children's access to pornography for which she was the lead author.

  • Teach pupils about porn

    17 February 2016 The Times


    Young people should be taught about the fiction of pornography. Coverage of the findings of the government report on child access and use of pornography led by Vicki Nash.

  • A grown-up conversation about children and porn online starts here.

    17 February 2016 The Conversation


    Vicki Nash and co-authors of the government funded report on children's access and use of pornography write about the need for appropriate education to counter the fiction of pornography.

  • Government launches porn site age checks consultation

    16 February 2016 BBC News


    Victoria Nash is the lead author on a government report on child access and use of pornography. BBC news reports on the government launch of the public consultation on implementation of age checks.

  • Why posting pictures of your kids on facebook could come back to haunt you, writes Linda Geddes

    31 October 2014 The Adelaide Advertiser


    An article on the use of images of children posted to social media sites which quotes Victoria Nash and was originally published in the Telegraph is reproduced on the Australian news site

  • Why online snaps can returnt to haunt you

    30 October 2014 Daily Telegraph Australia


    Article quoting Victoria Nash on the risks of posting pictures of children on social media sites is reproduced on several Australian news sites including the Herald Sun, Perth Now, Brisbane Courier Mail and News.com

  • Baroness Kidron interview: ‘Children’s online safety is too vital to leave to Government’

    27 October 2014 The Independent


    An interview with Baroness Kidron reports on her involvement with iRights, a charter to make children's use of the internet safer, notes that it has the support of the Oxford Internet Institute.

  • What Oxford has done for the internet

    3 October 2014 University of Oxford


    Vicki Nash provides a tour d'horizon of the major contribution that Oxford has made to the internet since alumnus Sir Tim Berners-Lee created it 25 years ago.

  • Does sharing photos of your children on Facebook put them at risk?

    21 September 2014 The Observer


    An in-depth article explores the many issues relating to posting pictures of children on-line. Vicki Nash advises against posting information that could be used to steal a child's identity.

  • Click

    5 May 2014 BBC World Service


    Vicki Nash talked to the BBC World Service 'Click' programme about the values and value of the Oxford Internet Institute and about its research. (15.07 on clock)

  • The Chris Evans Show

    18 June 2013 BBC R2


    Victoria Nash commented in a news item on the popular morning show which looked at government plans to ask Internet companies to do more to block harmful online content. [c.33:12 on the clock] (also on seven BBC local radio outlets)

  • Icann to set new internet address timetable with raffle

    17 December 2012 BBC News Technology


    Icann, the internet name regulator has opted for a raffle to determine the timetable for applications for new suffixes. Victoria Nash comments that the new top-level domains have been controversial and Icann needs to deliver a smooth rollout.

  • South Today

    11 January 2012 BBC 1


    Victoria Nash talked to BBC local news about the sacking of an Oxford City footballer for posting a homophobic comment on Twitter. People get carried away, she says, and once the message is out it is almost impossible to retract (01.24 on clock).

  • iPad: Tech Toy of Choice for children Poses Big Challenges

    29 November 2011 Wall Street Cheat sheet


    As increasing numbers of children have access to an iPad, companies are responding by developing software specifically designed to appeal to children. Victoria Nash comments on welfare concerns about children online.

  • 1iPad luxury, 2iPads necessity for many families

    29 November 2011 Arabian Gazette


    As increasing numbers of children have access to an iPad, companies are responding by developing software specifically designed to appeal to children. Victoria Nash comments on welfare concerns about children online.

  • IPad-Crazed Toddlers Spur Holiday Sales

    28 November 2011 Bloomberg


    As increasing numbers of children have access to an iPad, companies are responding by developing software specifically designed to appeal to children. Victoria Nash comments on welfare concerns about children online.