Profile

Victoria Nash is the Deputy Director, an Associate Professor, and Senior Policy Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute (OII). In the latter role, she is responsible for connecting OII research with policy and practice. Her research interests draw on her background as a political theorist, and concern the normative policy implications of evidence characterising children’s use of Internet technologies. Recent projects have included an analysis of age verification policies as a tool for balancing the interests of children and adults online, and a review of the risks and harms faced by children online. She is currently concluding a funded research project examining the concept of the ‘algorithmic child’ and the data risks posed to children by connected toys and the Internet of Things. She holds several digital policy advisory roles, including membership of the UK Government’s multi-stakeholder UK Council on Internet Safety (UKCIS) Evidence Group, and serves on the Advisory Board of COADEC. She is frequently called on to give expert evidence in UK and EU policy consultations on broader issues such as platform governance.

She is also Course Director of the OII’s annual course for digital policy-makers, the Internet Leadership Academy and the Summer Doctoral Programme for international PhD students.

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
  • Tom Nicholls
  • Gillian Bolsover
  • Allison Mishkin

Research

Current projects

  • Political Communication, AI and Data Diversity in the US

    Participants: Dr Victoria Nash, Professor Philip N. Howard, Dr Dimitra (Mimie) Liotsiou, Lisa-Maria Neudert, Dr Vidya Narayanan

    This project investigates contemporary trends in political communication, political polarization, artificial intelligence, and data diversity in the United States.

  • Strengthening Digital Democracy

    Participants: Dr Victoria Nash, Professor Philip N. Howard, Dr Dimitra (Mimie) Liotsiou, Lisa-Maria Neudert, Dr Vidya Narayanan

    This programme supports research into the use of computational propaganda in developing democracies, our management of strategic relations with industry, government and civil society stakeholders, and capacity transfer to civil society groups.

Past projects

  • Internet Filtering and Children’s Exposure to Harmful Content

    Participants: Professor Andrew Przybylski, Professor Victoria Nash

    The use of Internet filters has outpaced scientific evidence suggesting they protect young people online. This project investigates whether Internet filters help make young people resilient in the Internet age.

  • Child safety on the Internet: looking beyond ICT actors

    Participants: Dr Vicki Nash, Dr Huw Davies

    This project will map the range of non-ICT companies engaging digitally with children and identify areas where their actions might affect a child’s exposure to online risks such as data theft, adverse online experiences or sexual exploitation.

  • The “Offensive Internet”? Examining Cultures of Hate and Prejudice Online

    Participants: Dr Taha Yasseri, Dr Kathryn Eccles, Dr Vicki Nash, Lucas Wright

    This project examines the cultures of offensive speech online. It aims to learn about how offensive material is created, about the actors who produce and disseminate it, and the ways in which it is challenged.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Nash, V. and Christie, I. (2003) Making Sense of Community. Institute for Public Policy Research.
  • Paxton, W. (2002) Any Volunteers for the Good Society?. Institute for Public Policy Research.

Chapters

  • NASH, V. (2019) "The Politics of Children's Internet use" In: Society and the Internet Dutton, W.H. and GRAHAM, M. (eds.). oxford: Oxford University Press. 480.
  • Nash, V.J. (2014) "The Politics of Children's Internet Use" In: Society and the Internet Graham, M. and Dutton, W.H. (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Nash, V.J. (2013) "Analyzing Freedom of Expression Online: Theoretical, Normative and Empirical Contributions" In: The Oxford Handbook of Internet Studies Dutton, W.H. (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • 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.
  • Nash, V.J. (2004) "Public policy and social networks: just how 'Socially Aware' is the policy-making process?" In: Social Networks and Social Exclusion: Sociological and Policy Perspectives Phillipson, C., Allan, G. and Morgan, D. (eds.).

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).

Teaching

Videos

  • Victoria Nash delivers the OII London Lecture

    Recorded: 28 January 2020

    Duration: 56:25:00

    Connected cots, talking teddies and the rise of the algorithmic child.

  • Reflections on the tenth anniversary of the MSc Social Science of the Internet

    Recorded: 16 September 2019

    Duration: 04:51:00

    OII academics Professor Victoria Nash, Professor Ralph Schroeder and Professor Greg Taylor share their reflections on the origins of the MSc programme and its successes.

  • OII Oxford Lecture: Connected cots, talking teddies and the rise of the algorithmic child

    Recorded: 28 May 2019

    Duration: 00:59:34

    The Oxford Internet Institute is excited to present the Deputy Director of the OII, Professor Victoria Nash, for the lecture: 'Connected cots, talking teddies and the rise of the algorithmic child: Protecting children in the era of the smart home'

  • OII Awards 2018: In Conversation with Judy Wajcman

    Recorded: 16 November 2018

    Duration: 00:37:42

    The Oxford Internet Institute Awards 2018 began with a public lecture by Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Professor Judy Wajcman, in conversation with OII Deputy Director Dr Victoria Nash.

  • 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.

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Integrity Statement

In the past five years my work has been financially supported by UK taxpayers, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the Oak Foundation, Luminate, the John Fell Fund and Google UK. As part of my science communication and policy outreach responsibilities, I have served in an unpaid capacity on OfCom’s Making Sense of Media Advisory Panel and its Consumer Panel, on the UK Council on Internet Safety, the Coalition for the Digital Economy (COADEC), the Education Task Force against Hate Speech, the Internet Commission, the End Child Prostitution and Trafficking (ECPAT) Research Advisory Network, the UK Internet Governance Forum, Nominet’s Policy Stakeholder Committee and advisory boards for specific projects at Facebook Inc., Google Inc., and Parentzone.