• Governance of Emerging Technologies

    Participants: Professor Sandra Wachter, Dr Brent Mittelstadt, Dr Chris Russell, Dr Silvia Milano, Dr Johann Laux

    GET investigates legal, ethical, and social aspects of AI, machine learning, and other emerging information technologies.

  • Programme on Democracy & Technology

    Participants: Dr Jonathan Bright, Professor Philip Howard, Dr Aliaksandr Herasimenka, Dr Aleksi Knuutila, Lisa-Maria Neudert

    DemTech investigates the use of algorithms, automation, and computational propaganda in public life..

  • What Do ‘the People’ Want? Analysing Online Populist Challenges to Europe

    Participants: Dr Sebastian Stier , Prof Ralph Schroeder, Dr Caterina Froio

    Digital media allows populist messages to gain circulation, bypassing mainstream channels. This project aims to understand the extent of the impact such messages have among the general public.

  • A Global Study of Holocaust mis- and disinformation online

    Participants: Dr Jonathan Bright

    This project conducts a systematic study of online Holocaust denial and misinformation, aiming to measure the scale of the problem, raise awareness of trends and narratives, and shed light on the platforms and areas hosting such content.

  • iLabour: The Construction of Labour Markets, Institutions and Movements on the Internet

    Participants: Professor Vili Lehdonvirta, Dr Otto Kässi, Greetje (Gretta) Corporaal, Dr Alex J. Wood

    The iLabour project is premised on the idea that a fundamental change is taking place in labour markets. It seeks to understand the social and policy implications of this momentous shift.

  • Computational Propaganda

    Participants: Professor Philip Howard, Dr Vidya Narayanan, Dr Dimitra (Mimie) Liotsiou, Lisa-Maria Neudert, Samantha Bradshaw

    This project will focus on how bots, algorithms and other forms of automation are used by political actors in countries around the world.

  • Oxford Martin Programme on the Illegal Wildlife Trade

    Participants: Dr Joss Wright

    This project will develop an international hub to track and analyse the global illegal wildlife trade, both online and offline, and develop strategies to reduce the threat of the trade through social policy interventions.

  • Ethical auditing for automated decision-making

    Participants: Brent Mittelstadt

    This project defines requirements for ethical auditing of automated decision-making systems.

  • Reconfiguring Citizen Participation in Cybersecurity

    Participants: Julia Slupska, Professor Gina Neff, Scarlet Dawson Duckworth, Linda Ma, Nayana Prakash, Selina Cho

    Reconfigure is a feminist cybersecurity project that uses community-based participatory methods and feminist approaches to reconfigure cybersecurity research and build public capacity for data privacy and action.

  • Creative Algorithmic Intelligence: Capabilities and Complementarity

    Participants: Professor Michael Osborne, Professor Rebecca Eynon, Anne Ploin, Dr Paul Duckworth

    This project seeks to map present and future interfaces between human and artificial creative intelligence, and investigate the ways in which creative human/AI collaboration may contribute to human flourishing.

  • Network Canvas: Development, Hardening, and Dissemination of a Software Suite for the Collection of Complex Network and Contextual Data in HIV and Drug Research

    Participants: Dr Bernie Hogan, Dr Michelle Birkett, Dr Gregory Phillips II, Dr Patrick Janulis, Professor Noshir Contractor, Joshua Melville

    This project is developing a standalone software suite to capture complex network and contextual data crucial for understanding population dynamics in disease control for HIV and Drug Research.

  • GCRF Decent Work: FAIRWORK in the Platform Economy in the Global South

    Participants: Prof D'Arcy Du Toit, Prof Sandra Fredman, Prof Mark Graham, Prof Richard Heeks, Prof Jean-Paul Van Belle, Dr Jamie Woodcock

    This project aims to understand the contextual, contractual and practical nature of platform work, to identify its shortfall from decent work standards and to contribute to the development of its governance and regulation.

  • AI & Data Diversity

    Participants: Professor Gina Neff

    This project seeks to advance public understanding of data diversity and the everyday decisions around AI and technology innovation. This will help build better technologies and strengthen the science on diversity in technology-led growth.

  • OxDEG: The Oxford Digital Ethnography Group

    Participants: Professor David Zeitlyn, Professor Rebecca Eynon, Dr William Kelly

    OxDEG, the Oxford Digital Ethnography Group, comprises students and faculty members from Oxford University who discuss and share ideas about the evolution of ethnography in a heavily mediated world.

  • The Cultural Origins of Village Social Structure

    Participants: Dr Cohen R. Simpson

    Using data on face-to-face friendship between adult residents of dozens of rural villages in China, this project investigates whether the expression of mechanisms of network formation (e.g., reciprocity and transitivity) varies across environments.

  • Discriminatory Effects of Automated Decision Making in Information Controls

    Participants: Dr Joss Wright

    This project seeks to determine how the factors that drive internet filtering can negatively affect vulnerable groups in society.

  • Explaining black-box decisions

    Participants: Professor Sandra Wachter, Dr Brent Mittelstadt, Dr Chris Russell

    This project transforms the concept of counterfactual explanations into a practically useful tool for explaining automated black-box decisions.

  • Data Work: Collaboration, Sense Making and the Possible Futures for Work

    Participants: Professor Gina Neff

    How do new types of data change workplace practices?

  • Decolonizing the Internet’s Languages

    Participants: Dr Martin Dittus

    This project evaluates the state of the world’s languages online, seeking to determine which global languages are currently underserved by popular online platforms.

  • A Fairwork Foundation: Towards fair work in the platform economy

    Participants: Professor Mark Graham

    The Fairwork Foundation will certify online labour platforms, using leverage from workers, consumers, and platforms to improve the welfare and job quality of digital workers.

  • Cyber Security Behaviours (CYBERSECURITY)

    Participants: Professor Bertrand Venard, Professor Viktor Mayer-Schönberger

    Through empirical research, this project seeks to understand the determinants of individual cyber security behaviours of students in France and the UK.

  • GeoNet: Changing Connectivities and the Potentials of Sub-Saharan Africa’s Knowledge Economy

    Participants: Professor Mark Graham, Dr Stefano De Sabbata, Nicolas Friederici, Dr Christopher Foster, Sanna Ojanperä, Dr Mohammad Amir Anwar, Dr Fabian Braesemann, Michel Wahome

    This research project is examining the geographies, drivers, and effects of Sub-Saharan Africa's emerging information economies at a time of changing connectivity and Internet access across the region.

  • Mapping Playful Spaces in the Museum

    Participants: Dr Kathryn Eccles, Dr Chico Camargo

    This project seeks to use social media data to enhance our understanding of ‘playful’ behaviour across Oxford’s gardens, libraries, and museums, looking for new types of visitor engagement.

  • Internet Geographies Leverhulme Prize

    Participants: Prof Mark Graham, Dr Martin Dittus

    As digital augmentations of our world become ever more embedded into everyday life, this project asks where they are, what they are, and who owns, controls, and can shape them.

  • SciShops: Enhancing the Responsible and Sustainable Expansion of the Science Shops Ecosystem in Europe

    Participants: Professor Ralph Schroeder

    This project aims to expand and build upon the Science Shop ecosystem that currently exists in Europe and beyond.

  • Building Robust Evidence-Based Policy for Children in the Digital Age

    Participants: Professor Andrew Przybylski

    This project seeks to improve fundamentally the evidence stakeholders will depend on when crafting youth technology policy in the UK in order to address the current gap between research and policy.

  • Understanding the potential of AI in lifelong learning: A critical perspective

    Participants: Professor Rebecca Eynon, Dr Huw Davies

    This project seeks to discover the potential of artificial intelligence to personalise informal learning opportunities for adults across the life course.

  • Social media narratives of sustainable food consumption

    Participants: Dr Taha Yasseri, Mary Sanford

    This project uses computational social science to understand the dissemination and reception of narratives of sustainable food consumption on Social Media.

  • Political Volatility

    Participants: Professor Helen Margetts, Dr Scott Hale, Dr Chico Camargo, Dr Myrto Pantazi, Professor Peter John

    This project seeks to quantify trends and changes in the volatility of public opinion before and after widespread use of social media, and to study how social information can drive public opinion.

  • VOX-Pol Network of Excellence

    Participants: Dr Jonathan Bright, Dr Bharath Ganesh

    The VOX-Pol research project is designed to comprehensively research, analyse, debate, and critique issues surrounding violent online political extremism (VOPE).

  • TRANSNET: Forecasting and understanding transport network resilience and anomalies

    Participants: Dr Scott A. Hale, Dr Jonathan Bright, Dr Graham McNeill, Chico Camargo

    This project seeks to utilise newly available data to help urban policy makers improve transport infrastructure to cope with growing and increasingly mobile populations.

  • Skills formation and skills matching in online platform work: Practices and policies for promoting crowdworkers’ continuous learning (CrowdLearn)

    Participants: Professor Vili Lenhdonvirta, Professor Anoush Margaryan, Dr Huw C. Davies, Laura Larke, Sian Brooke, Julian Albert

    Despite the rapid growth of online platform labour, little is known about how crowdworkers acquire and develop their skills. This project seeks to address this important gap in our knowledge.

  • Understanding the Psychological Well Being of Disadvantaged Children across the UK in the Digital Age

    Participants: Professor Andrew Przybylski, Dr Amy Orben

    This project explores whether vulnerable and less privileged children are more or less likely to be adversely affected by digital technology use. This combines the analysis of large-scale datasets with that of longitudinal datasets to examine causality.

  • A Digital Single Window for income data from platform work

    Participants: Professor Vili Lehdonvirta, Dr Daisy Ogembo, Professor Judith Freedman

    This project aims to assess the opportunities and challenges of a hypothetical EU-level Digital Single Window for the voluntary automated reporting and EU-wide sharing of earnings data from web-based platform work.

  • The Future of Healthcare: Computerisation and Automation, and General Practice Services

    Participants: Professor Eric T. Meyer, Dr Michael A. Osborne, Dr Angela Coulter, Dr Matt Willis, Dr Paul Duckworth

    The Future of Healthcare: Computerisation, Automation, and General Practice Services project is a collaboration between the Oxford Internet Institute, the Oxford Department of Engineering Science, and the Oxford Martin School, at the University of Oxford.

  • PETRAS: Internet of Things (IoT) Research Hub

    Participants: Professor Luciano Floridi, Dr Brent Mittelstadt, Dr Mariarosaria Taddeo

    The PETRAS IoT Research Hub is a consortium of 9 UK universities working together to explore critical issues in privacy, ethics, trust, reliability, acceptability, and security.

  • Hashtag Heritage: understanding visitor engagement with free sites using social media

    Participants: Dr Kathryn Eccles, Dr Chico Camargo, Yayoi Teramoto Kimura, Dr Andrew Hann

    This project is a knowledge exchange project between Dr Kathryn Eccles and English Heritage, piloting the analysis of social media data to understand how visitors engage with free-to-access heritage sites.

  • Cabinet: Digital Transformation of Teaching through Objects

    Participants: Dr Kathryn Eccles, Dr Sarah Griffin, Jamie Cameron, Professor Howard Hotson, Ted Koterwas

    Cabinet is an award-winning online platform designed to encourage the use of museum collections in education.

  • Open Cabinet: AR access to Oxford’s collections

    Participants: Dr Kathryn Eccles, Jamie Cameron, Susan Griffiths, Ted Koterwas, Dr Xavier Laurent, Dr Christopher Morton

    The Open Cabinet project is exploring the potential of augmented reality (AR) technology to enhance the student and public visitor experience in the University’s museums.

  • A European Ethical Code for Data Donation

    Participants: Dr Jenny Krutzinna, Professor Luciano Floridi

    This project will investigate the possibility of a European Code for Data Donation, its feasibility, its advantages, and the possible difficulties that may be encountered in its formulation and adoption.

  • 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.

  • Economic Geographies of the Darknet

    Participants: Professor Mark Graham, Dr Joss Wright, Martin Dittus

    This project investigates the economic geographies of illegal economic activities in anonymous internet marketplaces.

  • 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.

  • Explainable and accountable algorithms and automated decision-making in Europe

    Participants: Professor Sandra Wachter, Dr Brent Mittelstadt

    This project investigates transparency mechanisms and the technical possibility of offering individuals explanations of automated decisions.

  • Restoring Trust in Social Media Civic Engagement

    Participants: Professor Philip Howard, Dr Dimitra (Mimie) Liotsiou

    This Proof of Concept project will allow researchers to produce an online tool that allows the public to evaluate suspicious social media accounts.

  • Wikipedia’s Networks and Geographies: Representation and Power in Peer-Produced Content

    Participants: Dr Han-Teng Liao, Dr Bernie Hogan, Professor Mark Graham, Dr Scott A. Hale, Dr Heather Ford

    This project brings together OII research fellows and doctoral students to shed light on the incorporation of new users and information into the Wikipedia community.

  • Wikichains: Encouraging Transparency in Commodity Chains

    Participants: Professor Mark Graham, Dr Steve New, Joe Shaw

    Wikichains is a website that aims to encourage ethical consumption and transparency in commodity chains, by encouraging Internet users from around the world to upload text, images, sounds, and videos of any node on any commodity chain.

  • Internet Geographies: Data Shadows and Digital Divisions of Labour

    Participants: Professor Mark Graham, Joshua Melville, Dr Stefano De Sabbata

    This project maps and measures the geographies of information on the Internet.

  • Using graph databases to conceptualise social class: a proof of concept study

    Participants: Professor Rebecca Eynon, Dr Huw C. Davies

    This study will critically examine the value of graph databases for the social sciences through a focus on social class.

  • Real world outcomes across the Alzheimer’s Disease spectrum for better care: Multi-modal data access platform (ROADMAP)

    Participants: Professor Luciano Floridi, Dr Brent Mittelstadt, Dr Andrew Turner, Dr Jenny Krutzinna

    ROADMAP aims to create the conditions for an open collaboration among stakeholders that yields consensual and efficient uses of real world evidence for the benefit of Alzheimer's Disease patients and their caregivers.

  • Listening to the crowd: Data science to understand the British Museum

    Participants: Dr Taha Yasseri, Coline Cuau, Naomi Muggleton, Timothy Monteath

    The project will explore British Museum visitor data in order to establish a better understanding of visitor experience at the Museum.

  • Computational Romance: Understanding How Online Dating Has Evolved Over the Past Ten Years Through Large Scale Data Analysis

    Participants: Dr Taha Yasseri, Rachel Dinh, Patrick Gildersleve

    In this project, we examine the preferences, patterns of interactions, and communication between male and female users of the online dating site eHarmony over the past ten years to understand the evolution of online dating.

  • Data Science in Local Government

    Participants: Dr Jonathan Bright, Dr Bharath Ganesh

    Data science in local government uses novel techniques to make government more efficient in targeting resources. This project aims to explain the spread of data science methods in the local government context and to understand their impact.

  • 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.

  • The Internet’s Effects on Economic Opportunities in Rural Areas: the Case of Online Labour Markets

    Participants: Professor Vili Lehdonvirta, Dr Otto Kässi, Dr Fabian Braesemann

    This project tracks where digitally transacted work takes place, and compares this data to city- and state-level labour market statistics in order to test whether geographical working patterns differ between online and traditional labour markets.

  • Project Novum: Distributed Ledger Technologies and Structural Change in Financial and Cultural Services

    Participants: Professor Vili Lehdonvirta, Professor Eric Meyer, Professor Graham Cormode, Dr Duncan MacDonald-Korth, Odysseas Sclavounis

    Examining organizational and structural changes that the successful application of Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLTs) is expected to require in the financial services and the visual arts, and in areas where the two sectors overlap.

  • Measuring What Matters

    Participants: Dr Kathryn Eccles, Dr Alice Purkiss

    Measuring What Matters is a knowledge exchange partnership to discuss ways of understanding and measuring impact in different ways and for different audiences and outcomes in the cultural and heritage sector.

  • Global Centre for Cyber Security Capacity-Building

    Participants: Professor William H. Dutton, Professor Ian Brown, Gillian Bolsover

    This Oxford-based Centre aims become a leading global resource for understanding how to deliver effective cyber security; OII Fellows Bill Dutton and Ian Brown lead its work on security cultures and regulation.

  • Transmedia Literacy

    Participants: Professor Rebecca Eynon, Dr Cristobal Cobo, Dr Huw C. Davies, Laura Larke

    The transliteracy project aims to examine how young people use technology to learn outside formal educational settings.

  • Big Data and Human Development

    Participants: Professor Mark Graham, Dr Fabian Braesemann

    The big data and human development research network aims to investigate the potential uses of 'big data' for advancing human development and addressing equity gaps.

  • Ethical Auditing for Accountable Automated Decision-Making

    Participants: Dr Sandra Wachter, Dr Brent Mittelstadt

    This project aims to ensure that automated decision-making systems remain accountable and comprehensible to the individuals affected by their decisions.

  • LOGIVIS: The logics of information visualisation

    Participants: Dr Patrick Allo

    Starting from the current state of the art in formal logic and the philosophy of information, this project seeks to establish a new foundation for information visualisation.

  • NEXUS: Real Time Data Fusion and Network Analysis for Urban Systems

    Participants: Dr Scott A. Hale, Dr Jonathan Bright, Dr Graham McNeill

    Mining human mobility and migration patterns from social media and industry data sources as well as visualizing geo-temporal network data interactively with HTML5.

  • Human Translation of User-Generated Content

    Participants: Dr Scott A. Hale

    Understanding what translation rating/voting systems work best for human, crowd-sourced translation and the optimal display of translated content.

  • FastPass: A Harmonized, Modular Reference System for all European Automatic Border Crossing Points

    Participants: Dr Anne-Marie Oostveen, Professor Ian Brown

    Border control is a major challenge for security and mobility within the EU. FastPass will establish and demonstrate a harmonized, modular approach for Automated Border Control (ABC) gates.

  • HUMANE: a typology, method and roadmap for HUman-MAchine Networks

    Participants: Dr Taha Yasseri, Dr Milena Tsvetkova, Dr Ruth Olimpia García Gavilanes, Professor Eric T. Meyer, Bill Mulligan

    In this project we evaluate Human-Machine Networks by focusing on two cases of peer-production in Wikipedia and citizen science projects in Zooniverse by applying quantitative methods to transactional big data.

  • The Social Implications of the Use of Big Data in Education

    Participants: Professor Rebecca Eynon

    This project explores the ethical and social implications of the growing use of data in education via a systematic review of policy and practice in the UK, USA and Singapore.

  • Semantic Map of Sexism: Topic Modelling of the Everyday Sexism Content

    Participants: Dr Kathryn Eccles, Dr Taha Yasseri, Sophie Melville

    In this project we take a Natural Language Processing approach to analyse the content of reports submitted to the Everyday Sexism project.

  • Microwork and Virtual Production Networks in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia

    Participants: Professor Mark Graham, Dr Isis Hjorth, Professor Vili Lehdonvirta, Dr Alex J Wood, Professor Helena Barnard

    This project aims to understand the implications of gig economy and online freelancing for economic development.

  • Open Data and Civic Engagement: Mechanisms for the Promotion of Political Participation

    Participants: Dr Sandra Gonzalez-Bailon, Dr Ning Wang, Dr Jonathan Bright

    How effective are open data initiatives in encouraging civic engagement in policy-relevant domains?

  • Online Learning in the Crowd: Examining “Content Overload” in MOOC Forums

    Participants: Professor Rebecca Eynon, Dr Isis Hjorth, Dr Taha Yasseri, Nabeel Gillani

    This project examines the extent to which social learning can be supported in the large online crowds of MOOCs.

  • Tackling Digital Inequality Amongst Young People: The Home Internet Access Initiative

    Participants: Professor Rebecca Eynon, Dr Huw C. Davies, Laura Larke

    This participatory research project explores a two year initiative that provides all year 10 students with a laptop and Internet connection if they require one at home in three secondary schools.

  • Gorongosa Webcam

    Participants: Dr Taha Yasseri, Dr Ruth Olimpia García Gavilanes, Dr Milena Tsvetkova, Professor Chris Lintott, Dr Ali Swanson

    The aim of this project is to conduct research in innovative citizen science, building on existing work by both the Oxford Internet Institute and by the Zooniverse team in the Department of Physics.

  • Political Knowledge and the Web

    Participants: Dr Jonathan Bright

    Information is key for citizens to play their role in the democratic systems. Citizens need information to define their preferences and evaluate the activity of governments and parliaments.

  • Urban Data 2 Decide

    Participants: Dr Stefano De Sabbata, Dr Jonathan Bright, Dr Bharath Ganesh

    Urban decision makers are nowadays faced with both unprecedented challenges as well as new opportunities as the environment around them grows ever more complex.

  • Digital Personhood: Being There: Humans and Robots in Public Spaces (HARPS)

    Participants: Professor Ian Brown, Dr Joss Wright, Guy Piers O'Hanlon

    This project considers the challenges of having robot proxies in public spaces. It will conduct experiments exploring trust in shared social settings, and develop a framework for understanding the impact of privacy / anonymity in human-robot interactions.

  • Landscaping Strategic Cyber Deterrence

    Participants: Dr Mariarosaria Taddeo

    This is an inter-divisional and multidisciplinary eight-month pilot study devoted to landscape the problem space and the future research on strategic cyber deterrence (SCD).

  • Collective Memory in the Digital Age: Understanding “Forgetting” on the Internet

    Participants: Dr Taha Yasseri, Dr Ruth Olimpia García Gavilanes, Dr Milena Tsvetkova

    The Internet doesn't forget, but people do. The internet has had strong impacts on memory and the processes of remembering and forgetting. This project uses data collected from the web to quantitatively study how people remember and forget past events.

  • Data Financing for Global Good: A Feasibility Study

    Participants: Professor Vili Lehdonvirta, Dr Brent Mittelstadt, Dr Greg Taylor, Yin Yin Lu, Artem Kadikov, Professor Helen Margetts

    This project, and the resulting report, provides a first step in the assessment of data financing as a mechanism for social good in the data economy.

  • An Ethical Framework for the New Civic Responsibilities of Online Service Providers

    Participants: Professor Luciano Floridi, Dr Mariarosaria Taddeo

    This project aims to analyse the new civic responsibilities of Online Service Providers, and the policies regulating them.

  • Data for Policy

    Participants: Professor Ralph Schroeder, Professor Eric T. Meyer

    A study of big data and other innovative data-driven approaches for evidence-informed policy making.

  • Digital Citizenship and Surveillance Society

    Participants: Professor Ian Brown

    This project explores the nature, opportunities and challenges of digital citizenship in light of the governmental surveillance measures revealed by whistle-blower Edward Snowden.

  • Oxford Digital Economy Collaboration Group (ODEC)

    Participants: Professor William H. Dutton

    ODEC aims to foster collaboration between researchers, businesses and public sector groups in the digital, Internet, and creative industries. It supports the projects and priorities of the newly established Connected Digital Economy Catapult (CDEC).

  • Ethics in Networked Systems Research

    Participants: Ben Zevenbergen

    The Ethics in Networked Systems Research project exists to create an understanding of the social impact of high-tech Internet research and to facilitate a value-driven conversation between engineers and stakeholders.

  • Ethics of Biomedical Big Data

    Participants: Professor Luciano Floridi, Dr Brent Mittelstadt

    This project seeks to investigate the ethical aspects and requirements of Big Data in preparation to develop a European framework for the ethical use of Big Data in biomedical research.

  • Big data and election prediction: analysing online information seeking during the European Parliament elections

    Participants: Dr Taha Yasseri, Dr Jonathan Bright, Eve Ahearn

    This project investigates the extent to which the characteristics of different political systems (for example, the number of major political parties) affect patterns of online information seeking behaviour which take place during election time.

  • Elections and the Internet

    Participants: Professor Helen Margetts, Dr Scott A. Hale, Dr Jonathan Bright

    This site collects elections research at the OII. We are interested in exploring the extent to which data from the social web can be used to predict interesting social and political phenomena, especially elections.

  • From digital skills to tangible outcomes: improving measures and models of Internet use

    Participants: Professor Rebecca Eynon, Dr Ellen Helsper, Dr Alexander van Deursen

    This study aims to develop new survey measures of people’s digital skills, digital engagement and outcomes of Internet use.

  • EINS: Network of Excellence in Internet Science

    Participants: Dr Anne-Marie Oostveen, Professor Ian Brown, Dr Cristobal Cobo, Dr Monica Bulger, Ben Zevenbergen

    EINS aims to strengthen scientific and technological excellence by developing an integrated and interdisciplinary scientific understanding of Internet networks and their co-evolution with society.

  • Big UK Domain Data for the Arts and Humanities

    Participants: Professor Ralph Schroeder, Professor Eric T. Meyer, Josh Cowls

    The Big UK Domain Data for the Arts and Humanities project works with data derived from the UK domain crawl from 1996 to 2013, in order to develop a framework for the study of web archive data and produce a major history of the UK web space.

  • Big Data for Advancing Dementia Research

    Participants: Professor Ralph Schroeder, Professor Eric T. Meyer, Ulrike Deetjen

    The aim of this study is to undertake an in-depth examination of the practices in data sharing to advance the science of dementia and other age-related neurodegenerative diseases.

  • College Connect

    Participants: Dr Bernie Hogan, Joshua Melville, Dr Nicole Ellison, Dr Christine Greenhow

    College Connect is webpage that visualizes social networks automatically from Facebook and puts them to work for the user. The target market of the application is prospective college students as well as those just entering college or university.

  • Conceptualising interaction and learning in MOOCs

    Participants: Professor Rebecca Eynon, Dr Chris Davies, Dr Isis Hjorth, Dr Taha Yasseri, Nabeel Gillani

    The overarching goal of this project is to propose a typology that describes the nature of learner interactions in MOOCs that develops our understanding of how learning takes place in such settings.

  • Social inequalities in the network era: Exploring the links between Internet use and social mobility in Britain

    Participants: Professor Rebecca Eynon

    Through analysis of OxIS survey data and in-depth interviews this project will explore if and how individuals from less well-off backgrounds can use the Internet to influence their social mobility.

  • Taxonomy and Ecology of Contributions to Zooniverse, the Citizen Science Project

    Participants: Dr Taha Yasseri, Khairunnisa Haji Ibrahim

    This project will investigate the patterns of contributions to the citizen science project “Zooniverse” relying on large scale statistical analysis of the transactional activity data of the users.

  • Access Denied: A Qualitative Study of Inadequate Broadband Access in Rural Britain

    Participants: Dr Anne-Marie Oostveen, Dr Bianca Reisdorf

    By using interviews and focus groups this project will focus on how people living and working in rural areas are affected by the unavailability of adequate Internet connections.

  • Geography of Digital Inequality

    Participants: Professor Mark Graham, Dr Grant Blank, Claudio Calvino

    This project combined OxIS and census data to produce the first detailed geographic estimates of Internet use across the UK.

  • The Internet, Political Science and Public Policy: Re-examining Collective Action, Governance and Citizen-Government Interactions in the Digital Era

    Participants: Professor Helen Margetts, Dr Scott A. Hale, Tom Nicholls, Dr Taha Yasseri

    This research programme aims to assess where political science understanding, knowledge and theory should be re-examined and developed in light of widespread use of the Internet, and to develop methodologies to study online behaviour.

  • Internet Governance

    Participants: Professor William H. Dutton, Professor Jonathan Zittrain, Professor Ian Brown, Desiree Miloshevic

    A programme of seminars, forums and conferences informing our research on Internet governance.

  • The Fifth Estate

    Participants: Professor William H. Dutton, Dr Elizabeth Dubois

    The Fifth Estate is a research project designed to examine critically the Internet's role in enabling new forms of democratic accountability and voice, comparable to the press of an earlier era.

  • Development and Broadband Internet Access in East Africa

    Participants: Professor Mark Graham, Dr Laura Elizabeth Mann, Dr Christopher Foster, Professor Tim Waema, Charles Katua, Dr Felix Akorli, Claude Bizimana

    By using surveys, interviews and in-depth observations, this project examined the expectations and stated potentials of broadband Internet in East Africa and compared those expectations to on-the-ground effects that broadband connectivity is having.

  • The Global Internet Values Project: International Perspectives on Privacy, Security, Trust, and Freedom in a Networked World

    Participants: Professor William H. Dutton, Professor Soumitra Dutta, Gillian Bolsover, Ginette Law

    This research aims to identify patterns and trends in individual attitudes and behaviours related to online trust, privacy, security and freedom.

  • Does Wikipedia represent ‘the sum of all human knowledge’? Examining the geographical scope of a peer-produced encyclopedia

    Participants: Professor Mark Graham, Dr Heather Ford, Brent Hecht, Dave Musicant, Shilad Sen

    This project aims to develop a set of lenses for analyzing Wikipedia’s geographical scope whilst employing a reflexive analytical process to expose the makings of the ‘big data’ that we will produce.

  • OportUnidad: Developing a Common Higher Education Area between Latin America and Europe While Fostering Open Educational Practices Through a Bottom-up Approach

    Participants: Dr Daniel Villar-Onrubia, Dr Cristobal Cobo

    OportUnidad is an action-research project co-funded by the European Commission under the EuropeAid ALFA III programme with the aim of promoting the adoption of Open Educational Practices in Latin America.

  • Accessing and Using Big Data to Advance Social Science Knowledge

    Participants: Professor Ralph Schroeder, Professor Eric T. Meyer, Dr Linnet E. M. Taylor, Josh Cowls

    The project will follow 'big data' from its public and private origins through open and closed pathways into the social sciences, and document and shape the ways they are being accessed and used to create new knowledge about the social world.

  • Future Home Networks and Services

    Participants: Professor Ian Brown, Dr Joss Wright, Guy Piers O'Hanlon, Dr Andrew Martin

    This project is addressing home network and service security by researching and developing security frameworks for sharing between networks and devices, protocols to connect devices with cloud services, and security analysis of remote management systems.

  • Big Data: Demonstrating the Value of the UK Web Domain Dataset for Social Science Research

    Participants: Professor Helen Margetts, Professor Eric T. Meyer, Dr Sandra Gonzalez-Bailon, Dr Scott A. Hale, Tom Nicholls, Dr Taha Yasseri, Dr Jonathan Bright

    This project aims to enhance JISC's UK Web Domain archive, a 30 TB archive of the .uk country-code top level domain collected from 1996 to 2010. It will extract link graphs from the data and disseminate social science research using the collection.

  • Who represents the Arab world online? Mapping and measuring local knowledge production and representation in the Middle East and North Africa

    Participants: Dr Bernie Hogan, Professor Mark Graham, Richard Farmbrough, Clarence Singleton, Dr Heather Ford, Dr Ilhem Allagui, Dr Ali Frihida, Ahmed Medhat Mohamed

    Using Wikipedia to explore the participation gap between those who have their say, and those whose voices are pushed to the side, in representations of the Arab world online.

  • Data-driven economic models: challenges and opportunities of big data

    Participants: Professor Ralph Schroeder, Dr Greg Taylor, Dr Monica Bulger

    The aim of this study is to identify key challenges to the realisation of benefits from big data in the UK economy, along with pathways to overcoming these challenges.

  • 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.

  • Government on the Web

    Participants: Professor Helen Margetts, Dr Tobias Escher, Dr Scott A. Hale, Simon Bastow, Professor Patrick Dunleavy, Oliver Pearce, Jane Tinkler

    Research dedicated to improving knowledge and understanding of e-government and the impact of web-based technologies on government.

  • Using Twitter to Map and Measure Online Cultural Diffusion

    Participants: Professor Mark Graham, Dr Scott A. Hale, Devin Gaffney, Dr Ning Wang

    This project is using Twitter data to comprehensively uncover where Internet content is being created; whether the amount of content created in different places is changing over time; and how content moves across time and space in the Social Web.

  • Lapsed Use of the Internet Amongst Young People in the UK: Digital Choice or Digital Exclusion?

    Participants: Professor Rebecca Eynon, Dr Anne Geniets

    Around 10% of 17-19 year olds in Britain are lapsed Internet users: why have they stopped using the Internet given its prevalence and value in the lives of the majority of young people? This project aims to inform the UK's digital inclusion strategy.

  • Public Opinion Indicators in Online Communication

    Participants: Dr Sandra Gonzalez-Bailon

    This project examines the research potential of online communication to gauge public opinion by reviewing different methods to draw public opinion indicators from online communication, focusing on what the public thinks and how they think about it.

  • SECT: Sustaining the EEBO-TCP Corpus in Transition

    Participants: Professor Eric T. Meyer, Judith Siefring, Michael Popham

    SECT will carry out an investigation into the sustainability of the EEBO-TCP corpus and aims to develop strategies to secure a sustainable future for the collection.

  • The Learning Companion: an embodied conversational agent for learning

    Participants: Professor Rebecca Eynon, Professor Yorick Wilks, Dr Chris Davies

    The Learning Companion project aims to evaluate the feasibility of a computer-based digital tool to help adults whose engagement with learning is tentative or hard to sustain make productive use of the Internet for achieving their own learning projects.

  • A Museum Without Walls: Realising the Potential of Crowdsourcing in the Arts

    Participants: Dr Kathryn Eccles

    This AHRC funded project will study the impact of an innovative crowdsourcing initiative on Your Paintings, an important new digital art collection hosted by the BBC.

  • FRESNEL: Federated Secure Sensor Network Laboratory

    Participants: Professor Ian Brown, Dr Joss Wright, Guy Piers O'Hanlon

    FRESNEL aims to build a large scale federated sensor network framework with multiple applications sharing the same resources, where reliable intra-application communication is guaranteed, as well as a scalable and distributed management infrastructure.

  • IMSK: Integrated Mobile Security Kit

    Participants: Dr Anne-Marie Oostveen, Professor Ian Brown, Dr Joss Wright

    IMSK integrates information from legacy and novel sensor technologies into common operational picture where information is fused into intelligence, in a mobile system suitable for rapid deployment at venues which temporarily need enhanced security.

  • ULab: European Laboratory for Modelling the Technical Research University of Tomorrow

    Participants: Professor William H. Dutton, Professor Rebecca Eynon, Dr Monica Bulger

    ULab will work as a University Laboratory, systematically reviewing, evaluating and experimenting with current practice in research, valorization, entrepreneurship and outreach activities in each of the five partner universities.

  • Leaders and Followers in Online Activism

    Participants: Professor Helen Margetts, Dr Sandra Gonzalez-Bailon, Dr Ning Wang

    Where do political and policy-oriented mobilizations (such as e-petitions or organized protests) start and how are they sustained? What affects the propensity of people to join a mobilization, and hence, the mobilization's success?

  • Knowledge Exchange Networks: A Case Study in the Efficacy of Interactive Visualization

    Participants: Dr Bernie Hogan, Dr Monica Bulger, Joshua Melville

    Knowledge exchange implies forging, facilitating and fostering social connections. Oxford's Knowledge Exchange Network addresses this need among university staff and external stakeholders. We assist the KE Network through interactive network mapping.

  • Evaluating Digital Tools for Theatre and Dance: BAC Scratch Online

    Participants: Professor Eric T. Meyer, Dr Isis Hjorth

    Theatre and dance have fallen a long way behind music in the way they connect with audiences digitally. This project aims to understand how audiences can be engaged in the creative process, by evaluating the BAC's Scratch Online platform.

  • SESERV Consortium: Socio-Economic Services for European Research Projects

    Participants: Dr Anne-Marie Oostveen, Professor Eric T. Meyer, Dr Cristobal Cobo

    The SESERV consortium aims to maximize research impact by raising awareness of socio-economic trends in the areas of incentives, accounting, Digital Europe, and risk management, and by addressing possible policy priorities within the research community.

  • Interactive Visualizations for Teaching, Research, and Dissemination

    Participants: Professor Helen Margetts, Professor Mark Graham, Dr Scott A. Hale, Dr Monica Bulger, Joshua Melville

    "InteractiveVis" aims to support easy creation of interactive visualisations for geospatial and network data by researchers: it will survey existing solutions, build currently missing features, and smooth over incompatibilities between existing libraries.

  • KNETWORKS: Dissemination and Networks of Knowledge in the Atlantic Area

    Participants: Professor William H. Dutton, Professor Eric T. Meyer, Dr Cristobal Cobo

    KNETWORKS aims to create a strong knowledge sharing and dissemination network in the Atlantic area to promote the exchange of good practices and implementation strategies for building and exploiting a 21st century knowledge and information society.

  • OeSS: The Oxford e-Social Science Project

    Participants: Professor William H. Dutton, Professor Paul Allan David, Professor Ralph Schroeder, Dr Marina Jirotka, Dr Annamaria Carusi, Dr Matthijs den Besten, Professor Eric T. Meyer, Dr Kathryn Eccles, Professor Christopher Millard, Professor Michael Parker, Dr Justine Pila, Professor Tina Piper, Dr Michael Spence, Professor David Vaver

    The Oxford e-Social Science project aims to understand how e-Research projects negotiate various social, ethical, legal and organizational forces and constraints, in order to help researchers avoid these problems when building scientific collaborations.

  • Privacy Value Networks (PVNets)

    Participants: Dr Anne-Marie Oostveen, Professor Ian Brown, Dr Fadhila Haeri Mazanderani, Dr Chrysanthi Papoutsi, Dr Fehmi Ben Abdesslem, Dave Birch, Dr Sacha Brostoff, Dr Tristan Henderson, David Houghton, Dr Adam Joinson, Miguel Malheiros, Iain Parris, Professor Angela Sasse, Dr Asimina Vasalou

    Privacy Value Networks (PVNets) is producing an empirical base for developing concepts of privacy across contexts and timeframes, addressing a current lack of clarity of what privacy is and what it means to stakeholders in different usage scenarios.

  • SUBITO: Surveillance of Unattended Baggage and the Identification and Tracking of the Owner

    Participants: Professor Ian Brown, Dr Joss Wright

    SUBITO is designed to research and further develop automated real time detection of abandoned luggage, fast identification of the individual responsible and his/her subsequent path and current location.

  • Student Protests and Digital Media: The Campaign Against Tuition Fees

    Participants: Dr Sandra Gonzalez-Bailon, Dr Michael Biggs

    How are digital media changing the way in which people mobilize for a collective cause? Why do some individuals take part in protest, and others not? These issues are investigated through the UK student campaign against raised tuition fees.

  • e-Curator Project

    Participants: Professor Ian Brown, Mona Hess, Sally McDonald, Francesca Millar, Yean-Hoon Ong, Stuart Robson, Dr Graeme Were

    e-Curator explores the use of 3D colour scanning and e-Science technologies to capture and share very large 3D colour scans and detailed datasets about museum artefacts in a secure computing environment, to assist curators and conservators.

  • Physical Science Information Practices

    Participants: Professor Ralph Schroeder, Dr Marina Jirotka, Dr Annamaria Carusi, Professor Eric T. Meyer, Dr Lucy Power, Dr Monica Bulger, Dr Andrea Scharnhorst, Dr Will Venters, Dr Monica Bulger, Dr Melissa Terras, Dr Sally Wyatt, Avgousta Kyriakidou, Peter Williams

    Exploring the information seeking, organizing, archiving and communicating capacities of physical sciences communities as a study case (and role model) for effective information processing regimes and behaviours in complex problem-solving tasks.

  • Using Web Archives: A Futures Perspective

    Participants: Professor Ralph Schroeder, Dr Arthur Thomas, Professor Eric T. Meyer

    Web archives are the best hope for future researchers to understand the web of yesterday and today, but efforts to ensure that archives will be useful are lagging. This report asks what challenges web archives face, and suggests how to address them.

  • Digital Impacts: A Synthesis Report and Workshop

    Participants: Professor Eric T. Meyer, Dr Kathryn Eccles

    This project was designed to synthesize the evidence about the impact that digital resources are having on various audiences, and how resource providers have stepped up efforts to embed resources into the practices of communities.

  • Towards a Future Internet

    Participants: Malte Ziewitz, Professor Ian Brown, Dr Colin Blackman, Professor Jonathan Cave, Simon Forge, Dr Karmen Guevara, Lara Srivastava, Professor Motohiro Tsuchiya

    The Internet Futures project will produce a single preferred vision of a 'Future Internet' for Europe by researching possible social, psychological, technological and economic options for its further development and their likely socio-economic impacts.

  • Media Literacy: Testing and refining criteria to assess media literacy levels in all EU Member States

    Participants: Professor William H. Dutton, Dr Monica Bulger, Emilie Normann, Kristian Pederson, Paolo Celot, Agnes Bruszik

    This project aims to develop and validate indicators of adult media literacy levels, in response to the Audiovisual Media Services Directive requiring that the European Commission report levels of Media Literacy in all EU Member States by December 2011.

  • 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.

  • The Learner in Their Context

    Participants: Professor Rebecca Eynon, Dr Chris Davies, Professor John Furlong, Dr Lars Malmberg, Melissa Highton

    This project, initiated as part of Becta's major programme of research in support of the Government's Harnessing Technology strategy, looked at the learning opportunities afforded by young people's uses of new technologies in their everyday lives.

  • OXLab: Oxford eXperimental Laboratory

    Participants: Professor Helen Margetts, Dr Tobias Escher, Dr Nir Vulkan, Dr Scott A. Hale, Ingrid Boxall, Professor Peter John, Lucy Bartlett

    OXLab is undertaking laboratory-based experiments (i.e. information-seeking tasks) on networked computers in two disciplines: economics (interactive decision making) and political science (evaluating government information online).

  • Humanities Information Practices

    Participants: Professor Ralph Schroeder, Dr Marina Jirotka, Dr Annamaria Carusi, Professor Eric T. Meyer, Dr Christine Madsen, Tim Davies, Dr Kathryn Eccles, Dr Monica Bulger, Grace de la Flor, Dr Tim Webmoor, Dr Claire Warwick, Dr Melissa Terras, Dr Sally Wyatt, Smiljana Antonijevic, Dr Anne Beaulieu

    Many humanities scholars are enthusiastic users of digital resources, however there is a potential mismatch between what (and how) resources are offered, and how scholars might use them. How should they be designed to ensure maximum use by scholars?

  • Companions: Intelligent, Persistent, Personalised Multimodal Interfaces to the Internet

    Participants: Professor Yorick Wilks

    This project developed a virtual conversational 'Companion': an agent that stays with the user for long periods of time, develops a relationship and 'knows' its owner's preferences and wishes, communicating primarily by using and understanding speech.

  • Social Feedback and the Emergence of Norms in the Production of Online Public Goods

    Participants: Dr Sandra Gonzalez-Bailon

    Investigating instances of collective action that have solved an old dilemma: why should people contribute to collective goods (eg online collaborative platforms) when, by being public, they can be enjoyed without making a contribution to their provision?

  • Researcher Engagement with Web Archives

    Participants: Dr Arthur Thomas, Professor Eric T. Meyer, Dr Christine Madsen, Dr Sally Wyatt, Dr Charles van den Heuval, Dr Meghan Dougherty

    This project explores how to bridge the gap between archivists and researchers, and how preserved web content archives might be used by researchers and others to ask meaningful new questions.

  • PrivacyOS

    Participants: Professor Ian Brown

    PrivacyOS is a thematic network for privacy protection infrastructure within the current European Commission's ICT Policy Support Programme, aiming to foster development and deployment of privacy infrastructures for Europe.

  • PEACH: Presence Research in Action

    Participants: Professor Ralph Schroeder, Malte Ziewitz, Professor Eric T. Meyer

    Presence research focuses on understanding and controlling the cognitive experience of being somewhere, or someone: we are analysing social impact scenarios to raise and address potential ethical and policy issues relating to Presence technologies.

  • Me, My Spouse and the Internet: Meeting, Dating and Marriage in the Digital Age

    Participants: Professor William H. Dutton, Dr Bernie Hogan, Dr Nai Li, Dr Grant Blank, Dr Monica Whitty

    The project uses survey data from Australian and UK couples to look at the significance and impact of the Internet on intimate relationships, including how people use ICTs to meet each other and maintain relationships, and how ICTs affect their behaviour.

  • eResearch 2020

    Participants: Professor Ralph Schroeder, Professor Eric T. Meyer, Dr Kathryn Eccles

    Aiming to better understand the organizational, collaborative and technological developments in e-Infrastructures which are effective in supporting virtual research organizations in different fields.

  • StopBadWare.org

    Participants: Professor Jonathan Zittrain

    A leading independent authority on trends in badware and its distribution, and a focal point for the development of collaborative, community-minded approaches to stopping badware. The main focus is on research and public education.

  • Fair Tracing Project

    Participants: Professor Ian Brown, Ashima Chopra, Dorothea Kleine, Apurba Kundu, Ann Light, Christian Wallenta

    The aim of the Fair Tracing project was to support Ethical Trade by implementing IT Tracking and Tracing Technologies in supply chains to provide consumers and producers with enhanced information.

  • eTRUST: e-democracy technologies and the problem of public trust

    Participants: Dr Anne-Marie Oostveen

    Does e-democracy increase trust in government, and, if so, under what conditions? This work is based on case studies (involving observation / interviewing) of local and national e-democracy initiatives selected from England and the Netherlands.

  • Digitised Resources: A Usage and Impact Study

    Participants: Professor William H. Dutton, Professor Ralph Schroeder, Professor Mike Thelwall, Professor Eric T. Meyer, Dr Christine Madsen, Dr Kathryn Eccles

    This project combined quantitative and qualitative indicators to measure the impact of online scholarly resources and to develop a best practices toolkit that allows assessment of the impact of digitisation projects by researchers and funding bodies.

  • The e-Horizons Institute

    Participants: Professor William H. Dutton, Professor Paul Allan David, Professor Ralph Schroeder, Dr Marina Jirotka, Professor Anne Trefethen, Professor Paul Jeffreys, Professor Eric T. Meyer

    The e-Horizons Institute researched the coming technological breakthroughs in e-science that will have cross-sector social and economic implications as they are taken up by business, government and other actors.

  • Networks for Web Science

    Participants: Professor William H. Dutton, Professor Jonathan Zittrain, Professor Yorick Wilks, Tim Berners-Lee, Professor Wendy Hall

    Establishing networks of researchers from different technical and social science research disciplines to begin to develop a Web Science research agenda through the exchange of PhD students and collaborative workshops.

  • TIDSR: Toolkit for the Impact of Digitised Scholarly Resources

    Participants: Professor Eric T. Meyer

    The TIDSR best practices toolkit includes a number of elements to aid researchers and funding bodies to assess the impact of their digitisation projects, including measures that have been judged to be effective measures of impact.

  • Embedding e-science applications: designing and managing for usability

    Participants: Professor Ralph Schroeder, Dr Marina Jirotka, Professor Anne Trefethen, Grace de la Flor, Sharon Lloyd, Mustafizur Rahman, Dr Monica Schraefel, Dimitrina Spencer, Andrew Warr

    The 'embedding e-science applications' project addressed the difficulty of managing requirements for usability in e-science projects, and developing collaborative approaches to system development that allow for communication of these requirements.

  • Information Exchange between Citizens and the Department of Work and Pensions

    Participants: Professor Helen Margetts, Dr Tobias Escher, Professor Patrick Dunleavy, Jane Tinkler

    A value for money study for the National Audit Office (NAO) looking at information exchange between the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and its benefit customers.

  • World Wide Web of Humanities

    Participants: Professor William H. Dutton, Professor Ralph Schroeder, Dr Robert Ackland, Professor Eric T. Meyer, Dr Christine Madsen

    Establishing a framework for e-Humanities research using available open source tools and technologies and archived web content to create novel research interfaces to the first of many, scholarly, e-Humanities web collections.

  • OpenNet Initiative: state-sponsored filtering of the Internet

    Participants: Professor Jonathan Zittrain

    The Open Net Initiative aims to investigate, expose and analyze Internet filtering and surveillance practices, uncovering the potential pitfalls and unintended consequences of these practices, and helping to inform better public policy and advocacy work.

  • Virtual communities of practice: the open source software community

    Participants: Professor Paul Allan David

    Paul David directed a major international networked project on the 'free / libre / open source' approach to software development, virtual communities and the broader implications of 'the "open source" way of working'.

  • Performance of distributed problem-solving networks

    Participants: Professor William H. Dutton, Professor Paul Allan David, Dr Tobias Escher, Dr Wolf Richter, Dr Matthijs den Besten, Dr Max Loubser, Dr Robert Ackland, David A. Bray, Irene Cassarino, Karen Croxson, Professor Jean-Michel Dalle, Dr Aldo Geuna, Dr Jukka-Pekka Onnela, Felix Reed-Tsochas, Philipp Tuertscher

    Addressing the uncertainties that surround the coordination and performance of 'Distributed Problem Solving Networks' (DPSN), as well as the areas in which these new Internet-based forms offer advantages over more familiar modes of problem-solving.

  • 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.

  • Cyber-humour: the end of humour as we know it?

    Participants: Dr Limor Shifman

    Combining quantitative and qualitative methods to investigate the implications of the Internet on humorous communication (eg political, technology and gender based humour) starting from the senders of humorous messages and ending in receiving procedures.

  • Digital Choices and the Reconfiguring of Access

    Participants: Professor William H. Dutton

    Research on how the use of the Internet in different, overlapping and interacting arenas is shaped by everyday and strategic choices about the design and use of the technology.

  • Breaking Barriers to e-Government

    Participants: Professor William H. Dutton, Professor Helen Margetts, Professor Rebecca Eynon

    Investigating the legal, organisational, technological and other barriers to expanding effective eGovernment services using the Internet and to define possible solutions at a European level to overcome such obstacles.

  • New electronic document designs and systems

    Participants: Dr Ted Nelson

    Ted Nelson's 'Transliterary' system aims to produce software that can unify electronic documents by converting them into compatible formats that allow mutual linking and the re-use of content.

  • Digital Photography and Scientific Practice

    Participants: Professor Eric T. Meyer

    This dissertation project examines the intersection between technology and scientific practice for marine mammal scientists who use digital photography.

  • FLOSSWorld: Free / Libre / Open Source Software

    Participants: Professor Paul Allan David

    FLOSSWorld is designed to increase knowledge about Free / Libre / Open Source Software (FLOSS) development and application, in order to support further collaboration between the EU and developing countries, and to contribute to informed public policy.

  • Personal identification and identity management in new modes of e-government

    Participants: Professor Miriam Lips, Dr Joe Organ, Professor John Taylor

    Gathering empirical data on a variety of digital means for constructing and managing the citizen's identity in e-Government service relationships, and exploring varying relationships between the citizen and government in different policy fields.

  • Cybertrust: The tension between privacy and security in an e-society

    Participants: Professor William H. Dutton

    Perceptions of trust in online activities are significant factors influencing the kinds and extents of Internet use and interactions: this work draws on Oxford Internet Survey (OxIS) data to explore and refine key social determinants of cybertrust.

  • Participation in Internet-mediated interactions

    Participants: Professor Helen Margetts, Ingemar Cox, Steffen Huck

    This research applied a multidisciplinary approach to developing a methodology for evaluating the web structure and 'health' of e-government, and investigating design mechanisms for fundraising on the Internet (including determinants of giving behaviour).

  • VOSON: Virtual Observatory for the Study of Online Networks

    Participants: Dr Steve Ward, Dr Robert Ackland, Professor Bruce Bimber, Markus Buchhorn, Dr Rachel Gibson, Dr Mathieu O'Neil

    The first stage in the establishment of a 'Virtual Observatory for the Study of Online Networks': a Grid-enabled research environment facilitating cutting-edge collaborative research into the existence and impact of online social and political networks.

  • 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.

  • Campaigning in cyberspace: 2005 general election online

    Participants: Dr Steve Ward

    Research on the role and use of new ICTs in the 2005 UK election campaign, drawing on data from both a top-down party perspective and bottom-up voter perspective using qualitative and quantitative methods.

  • The World Wide Web of Science: emerging global sources of expertise

    Participants: Professor William H. Dutton, Professor Ralph Schroeder, Professor Alexandre Caldas

    The World Wide Web of Science project assesses whether, and to what extent, the Internet and the Web are transforming access to sources of scientific expertise, and whether these sources are becoming more concentrated or more diversified.

  • e-Science policy guidelines

    Participants: Professor Paul Allan David

    Articulating and coordinating policy guidelines for international organisations, national governments and private foundations on open access publication and sharing of publicly funded scientific and technical data and information.

  • 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.

  • Parliamentary representation in the age of the Internet: an Anglo-Australian comparison

    Participants: Dr Steve Ward

    Evaluating the use of the Internet by parliaments and representatives in the UK and Australia, contributing to current debates about the health of representative parliamentary democracy and the role of political representatives in the 21st century.

  • Remixing citizenship

    Participants: Professor Stephen Coleman

    Investigated how young people gather and communicate civic information online, and setting a new agenda for debating the relationship between young people, the Internet and democracy, arguing they are moving to newer forms of participation.

  • Language, power and Internet communication

    Participants: Professor Richard Rose

    A study on transnational Internet communication in which one party has a bi-cultural understanding and uses English as a foreign language while the other (native English) party assumes (not entirely correctly) that there is a shared understanding.

  • From the ground up

    Participants: Professor Stephen Coleman

    Evaluating the successes and failures of local authorities in facilitating ground-up, citizen-led approaches to e-democracy, and considering how authorities have tried to harness the power of ICTs to create and stimulate new forms of 'civic space'.

  • Internet and productivity in public services: innovative pathways for e-government

    Participants: Professor William H. Dutton, Professor Paul Allan David, Professor Alexandre Caldas, Orges Ormanidhi

    Investigating indicators of productivity growth in public sector institutions across eight EU countries, including patterns and impacts of ICT use, organisational perspectives, and implications of the interaction of ICT usage and organisational processes.

  • Broadband Internet in Oxfordshire schools

    Participants: Peter Birmingham, Chris Davies, Richard Pring

    Studying innovations in learning and education tied to the implementation of broadband infrastructures in Oxfordshire schools, leading to broader questions about the factors shaping e-innovation at all levels of education and learning.

  • Spam email: a qualitative study

    Participants: Professor William H. Dutton, Dr Leslie Haddon

    A qualitative study of how individuals view and manage unwanted email, particularly spam, based on semi-structured interviews of users.

  • Wireless technology for broadband Internet

    Participants: Dr Christian Sandvig

    A 2004 pilot study mapping the use of Wireless Fidelity (WiFi) for broadband Internet access in Oxfordshire, later contributing to a cross-national study of the evolution of wireless networks undertaken by the OII and the University of Illinois.

  • Scoping the institutional infrastructure of e-science

    Participants: Professor Paul Allan David, Dr Michael Spence

    A project examining how the social, institutional and legal settings of scientists are likely to facilitate or constrain the conduct of e-science, focusing on policy recommendations to facilitate greater collaboration between universities internationally.

  • Pilot Interactive Mobile Multimedia System (PIMMS)

    Participants: Professor Ian Brown

    The use of multimedia conferencing tools has become widespread within the business world, and the project's aim is to extend these tools to work within a mobile environment.