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The Oxford Internet Institute was founded as a department of the University of Oxford in 2001, as an academic centre for the study of the societal implications of the Internet. The current home in a building owned by Balliol College was formally opened in July 2003.

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1 Creative Commons Combatting Corruption with Mobile Phones India’s right to information movement demonstrated the potential to combat corruption through social audits – an exercise to share and verify public records with people. Vivek Srinivasan 26 Mar 2015
2 Africa’s Information Revolution: Rhetoric and Reality Over the past decade there has been a phenomenal growth in mobile phone and internet usage in Africa which has attracted substantial media and academic interest. Padraig Carmody 26 Mar 2015
3 Creative Commons Dying for an iPhone: The Hidden Struggle of China’s Workers An in-depth study of the most powerful electronics contractor and the lives of its 1.4 million workers. Jenny Chan 26 Mar 2015
4 Creative Commons Ethical Treatment of Data in New Digital Landscapes - bringing development practitioners and academics together How can NGOs like Oxfam come together with academics and practitioners alike to tackle emerging privacy and security challenges when it comes to effective management of data? Amy O'Donnell 26 Mar 2015
5 Pressed for Time: The Acceleration of Life in Digital Capitalism Judy Wajcman explains why we immediately interpret our experiences with digital technology as inexorably accelerating everyday life. Judy Wajcman, John Naughton 26 Mar 2015
6 Pressed for Time: The Acceleration of Life in Digital Capitalism Judy Wajcman explains why we immediately interpret our experiences with digital technology as inexorably accelerating everyday life. Judy Wajcman, John Naughton 26 Mar 2015
7 Creative Commons Combatting Corruption with Mobile Phones India’s right to information movement demonstrated the potential to combat corruption through social audits – an exercise to share and verify public records with people. Vivek Srinivasan 26 Mar 2015
8 Africa’s Information Revolution: Rhetoric and Reality Over the past decade there has been a phenomenal growth in mobile phone and internet usage in Africa which has attracted substantial media and academic interest. Padraig Carmody 26 Mar 2015
9 Creative Commons Dying for an iPhone: The Hidden Struggle of China’s Workers An in-depth study of the most powerful electronics contractor and the lives of its 1.4 million workers. Jenny Chan 26 Mar 2015
10 Creative Commons Ethical Treatment of Data in New Digital Landscapes - bringing development practitioners and academics together How can NGOs like Oxfam come together with academics and practitioners alike to tackle emerging privacy and security challenges when it comes to effective management of data? Amy O'Donnell 26 Mar 2015
11 The (so far) grassroots success story of Farmerline, a social mobile tech enterprise for African farmers Alloysius Attah discusses some of Farmerline's success factors, including its locally adapted technological solutions and strong local outreach Alloysius Attah 04 Feb 2015
12 ICT, Civic Education and Civil Society Capacity Building in Iran Since Tavaana's launch in 2010, the e-learning institute has safely educated thousands of Iranians about democracy and human rights. Mariam Memarsadeghi 04 Feb 2015
13 The (so far) grassroots success story of Farmerline, a social mobile tech enterprise for African farmers Alloysius Attah will discuss some of Farmerline's success factors, including its locally adapted technological solutions and strong local outreach. Alloysius Attah 04 Feb 2015
14 ICT, Civic Education and Civil Society Capacity Building in Iran Since Tavaana's launch in 2010, the e-learning institute has safely educated thousands of Iranians about democracy and human rights. Mariam Memarsadeghi 04 Feb 2015
15 Learning with the crowd? New structures, new practices for knowledge, learning, and education This talk explores the emerging trends and forces that are radically reshaping learning and knowledge practices. Caroline Haythornthwaite 09 Jan 2015
16 Tales from the Zooniverse or, What to do with a million scientists Tales from the Zooniverse or, What to do with a million scientists Chris Lintott, Helen Margetts 09 Jan 2015
17 Creative Commons De-MOOC-ifying Online Learning panel examines online learning through comparing and contrasting the MOOC format with traditional online strategies. Wally Boston, Phil Ice, Karan Powell 09 Jan 2015
18 Creative Commons Facing the Crowd: Past, Present, and Furtures of Digital Labor Facing the Crowd: Past, Present, and Furtures of Digital Labor Mary L. Gray 09 Jan 2015
19 Creative Commons There Ain't No 'e' in PPE - How do we fill the digital skills gap at the top levels of government and politics? Interview with Tom Steinberg on the topics of his talk "There Ain't No 'e' in PPE - How do we fill the digital skills gap at the top levels of government and politics?" Tom Steinberg 09 Jan 2015
20 Digital strategy, social media and elections Interview with Matthew McGregor of Blue State Digital on the topics covered in his seminar "Digital strategy, social media and elections". Matthew McGregor 09 Jan 2015
21 Creative Commons OII Internet Awards 2014: Interview with Beth Noveck Interview with Beth Noveck on receiving an internet and society award at the OII Internet Awards 2014. Beth Noveck 09 Jan 2015
22 Creative Commons OII Internet Awards 2014: Interview with Laura Bates Interview with Laura Bates on receiving an internet and society award at the OII Internet Awards 2014. Laura Bates 09 Jan 2015
23 OII Internet Awards 2014: Interview with Dame Stephanie Shirley Interview with Dame Stephanie Shirley on receiving a lifetime achievement award at the OII Internet Awards 2014. Stephanie Shirley 09 Jan 2015
24 Creative Commons OII Internet Awards 2014: Interview with Barry Wellman Interview with Barry Wellman on receiving a lifetime achievement award at the OII Internet Awards 2014. Barry Wellman 09 Jan 2015
25 Creative Commons Towards an ethics of ignorance? The value of not knowing something illuminates some basic assumptions about knowledge and allows us to ask a series of interesting questions about how the information society will develop.  Nicklas Lundbland 09 Jul 2014
26 Your Attention Please: Should human attention be treated as a scarce resource? Tim Wu will discuss the science of attention, the history of the attention industries, and some of the harms caused by overharvesting. He will also propose a model of attention sovereignty of importance for the future. Tim Wu 09 Jul 2014
27 Researching Life in the Digital Age: A Philosophical Analysis of Data-Intensive Biology This talk aims to provide a philosophical framework through which the current emphasis on data-intensive biology can be studied and understood. Sabina Leonelli 14 May 2014
28 What Hopes for ICT for Development? Tim Unwin focuses on current work at the CTO, where his own personal contributions focus especially on the use of ICTs by people with disabilities. Tim Unwin 21 Mar 2014
29 What Hopes for ICT for Development? Tim Unwin focuses on current work at the CTO, where his own personal contributions focus especially on the use of ICTs by people with disabilities. Tim Unwin 21 Mar 2014
30 Creative Commons Working worlds: perspectives and problems of a tool for thinking about modern science Jon Agar will introduce the concept of working worlds, illustrate how they can be used to think about past and present science, and identify some problems and issues. Jon Agar 10 Mar 2014
31 Creative Commons Privacy in a Digital Age Julian Huppert discusses privacy in a digital age. Julian Huppert 10 Mar 2014
32 The Real-Time City? Big Data and Smart Urbanism Rob Kitchin discusses how cities are being instrumented with digital devices and infrastructure that produce ‘big data’. Rob Kitchin 03 Mar 2014
33 New Media, New Civics? Ethan Zuckerman explores contemporary anxieties about "a crisis in civics" and look at the idea that civics is changing along with digital media. Ethan Zuckerman 03 Mar 2014
34 The Real-Time City? Big Data and Smart Urbanism Rob Kitchin discusses how cities are being instrumented with digital devices and infrastructure that produce ‘big data’. Rob Kitchin 03 Mar 2014
35 Creative Commons Thoughts Towards a History of ICT4D - And Its Future Role David Souter uses the history and development of ICT4D as a framework to critique ICT4D approaches and consider the relevance of ICTs and ICT4D to the post-2015 development agenda. David Souter 27 Feb 2014
36 Thoughts Towards a History of ICT4D - And Its Future Role David Souter uses the history and development of ICT4D as a framework to critique ICT4D approaches and consider the relevance of ICTs and ICT4D to the post-2015 development agenda. David Souter 27 Feb 2014
37 Creative Commons How best to communicate with communities affected by disaster? Case Studies from Typhoon Haiyan This seminar will investigate how different technologies were used by CDAC Network Members in the immediate response to Typhoon Haiyan, focusing particularly on how needs assessment data was collected, shared and acted upon. Nicki Bailey 27 Feb 2014
38 How best to communicate with communities affected by disaster? Case Studies from Typhoon Haiyan This seminar will investigate how different technologies were used by CDAC Network Members in the immediate response to Typhoon Haiyan, focusing particularly on how needs assessment data was collected, shared and acted upon. Nicki Bailey 27 Feb 2014
39 "Emerging Markets" on the Internet Vili Lehdonvirta discusses emerging markets on the Internet. Vili Lehdonvirta 12 Feb 2014
40 How Do People Interact with Virtual Environments? Andrew Przybylski discusses the motivational dynamics of how people approach ICTs, social media and video games. Andrew Przybylski 12 Feb 2014
41 Learning, Education and the Internet Rebecca Eynon summarises key areas of her research on learning, education, and the Internet. Rebecca Eynon 12 Feb 2014
42 Creative Commons ePetitions Scott Hale discusses epetitions Scott Hale 12 Feb 2014
43 Does Social Media Use Change the Type of News We Receive? Jonathan Bright explores the impact of social media on news consumption. He examines how social media users choose what to share, how this varies by platform, and what the implications may be for the type of news coverage that people receive. Jonathan Bright 12 Feb 2014
44 The Online Initiative: Rethinking Public Spaces in the Digital Transition Luciano Floridi presents 'The Onlife Initiative', a project he chaired for the European Commission on how ICTs are modifying our relationships to ourselves, to others, and to the world around us. Luciano Floridi 12 Feb 2014
45 The Gardener, the Dentist, and the Long-Jumper: Ethics in the Age of Information Luciano Floridi discusses his new book, 'The Ethics of Information', and outline the nature and scope of Information Ethics. Luciano Floridi 12 Feb 2014
46 Creative Commons The Internet in a post-PRISM world Dan McQuillan examines the Internet in a post-PRISM world, and asks if its power to tackle global poverty will be lost. Dan McQuillan 12 Feb 2014
47 The Internet in a post-PRISM world Dan McQuillan examines the Internet in a post-PRISM world, and asks if its power to tackle global poverty will be lost. Dan McQuillan 12 Feb 2014
48 Crowdsourcing and Development of Activity Systems: the Case of Emergency Response Gregory Asmolov suggests applying the notion of activity systems and zones of proximal development, as conceptualized in Cultural-Historical Activity Theory (CHAT), to the field of ICT4D. Gregory Asmolov 12 Feb 2014
49 Crowdsourcing and Development of Activity Systems: the Case of Emergency Response Gregory Asmolov suggests applying the notion of activity systems and zones of proximal development, as conceptualized in Cultural-Historical Activity Theory (CHAT), to the field of ICT4D. Gregory Asmolov 12 Feb 2014
50 The Post-2015 Development Agenda: Implications for ICT4D Research Richard Heeks explores new post-2015 development agenda and its implications for ICT4D (information and communication technologies for development) research priorities. Richard Heeks 12 Feb 2014
51 Creative Commons The Post-2015 Development Agenda: Implications for ICT4D Research Richard Heeks explores new post-2015 development agenda and its implications for ICT4D (information and communication technologies for development) research priorities. Richard Heeks 12 Feb 2014
52 Creative Commons Rise of the Operaters Discussion of Internet surveillance, parliamentary oversight of security services, the Digital Economy Act, communications data, and government data sharing. Mike Bracken 17 Jan 2014
53 Creative Commons A Better Internet for Kids – With or Without Politicians? Internet safety has been at or near the top of the political agenda in the UK for half a decade. Do the UK's children have a better internet experience compared with kids elsewhere? Simon Milner 17 Jan 2014
54 Creative Commons You can't solve problems by breaking the net Every problem we experience will have some intersection with the Internet, and will invite the same solution we’ve gotten in the fights over obscenity and copyright infringement: can’t you just break the Internet a little, so that it fixes my problem? Cory Doctorow 17 Jan 2014
55 The Information Society Agenda: Prospects and Problems Discussion of dominant approaches by intergovernmental agencies to information society policy and the prospects for introducing critical perspectives that acknowledge the power relations which inform information society strategies and actions. Robin Mansell 16 Jan 2014
56 ICTs, Innovation and Regulation in the Somali Territories A seminar exploring technology and regulation in the Somali territories of the Horn of Africa. Despite weak or non-existent government institutions, innovation has flourished with local solutions to local challenges. Abdirashid Duale 16 Jan 2014
57 Humanitarian campaigns in social media: network architectures and Kony 2012 as a polymedia event An assessment of the optimism surrounding the opportunities that social media offer for humanitarian action, drawing on analysis of the phenomenally popular and controversial Kony 2012 campaign. Mirca Madianou 16 Jan 2014
58 Disjunctures and Connections: Case Studies of How Techno-politics Make and Cut Networks In a development context, the ways in which new media objects (eg ICTs) are defined in relation to other objects, people and institutions map out new figurations of power and connection, that revalue and recombine political agency. Don Slater 16 Jan 2014
59 Development 2.0 and beyond: Challenges for ICT4D in 2013 Dr Thompson addresses some of the opportunities and contradictions presented by ICT4D and considers some emerging ways in which ICT4D researchers may contribute to the field. Mark Thompson 16 Jan 2014
60 Had Bell Invented Visualization, he would have said ... Visualization is a ubiquitous technology, just like telecommunication. However, unlike a telephone system, humans play an integral part inside the "box" of visualization. This poses a significant challenge in establishing a theory of visualization. Min Chen 10 Jan 2014
61 Creative Commons Online Labour Markets: Fruit Fly for Social Scientists, Conundrum for Policy Makers In recent years, a number of fully global, online labor markets have emerged. In these markets, buyers hire workers from around the world to perform tasks amenable to remote completion, such as computer programming, data entry and graphic design. This tal John Horton 10 Jan 2014
62 The Internet in Africa: A Perspective from a Practitioner Andile Ngcaba discusses the ability to address the challenge of the growth of Internet in Africa from multiple perspectives. Andile Ngcaba 10 Jan 2014
63 New Media, New Civics? Ethan Zuckerman explores contemporary anxieties about "a crisis in civics" and looks at the idea that civics is changing along with digital media to become more participatory and inclusive, but harder to understand and predict. Ethan Zuckerman 10 Jan 2014
64 Creative Commons Development 2.0 and beyond: Challenges for ICT4D in 2013 Dr Thompson addresses some of the opportunities and contradictions presented by ICT4D and considers some emerging ways in which ICT4D researchers may contribute to the field. Mark Thompson 30 Apr 2013
65 Disjunctures and Connections: Case Studies of How Techno-politics Make and Cut Networks In a development context, the ways in which new media objects (eg ICTs) are defined in relation to other objects, people and institutions map out new figurations of power and connection, that revalue and recombine political agency. Don Slater 30 Apr 2013
66 Humanitarian campaigns in social media: network architectures and Kony 2012 as a polymedia event An assessment of the optimism surrounding the opportunities that social media offer for humanitarian action, drawing on analysis of the phenomenally popular and controversial Kony 2012 campaign. Mirca Madianou 30 Apr 2013
67 ICTs, Innovation and Regulation in the Somali Territories A seminar exploring technology and regulation in the Somali territories of the Horn of Africa. Abdirashid Duale 30 Apr 2013
68 The Information Society Agenda: Prospects and Problems Discussion of dominant approaches by intergovernmental agencies to information society policy and the prospects for introducing critical perspectives that acknowledge the power relations which inform information society strategies and actions. Robin Mansell 30 Apr 2013
69 IPP 2012 (Big Data): Welcome and Plenary Panel Panellists discuss the opportunities and challenges posed by big data for research and public policy-making at the conference "IPP2012: Big Data: Big Challenges". Lance Bennett, Theo Bertram, Helen Margetts, Patrick McSharry 02 Jan 2013
70 IPP 2012 (Big Data) Keynote: Nigel Shadbolt Nigel Shadbolt discusses the opportunities and challenges posed by big data for research and public policy-making during his opening keynote of the conference "IPP2012: Big Data: Big Challenges". Nigel Shadbolt 02 Jan 2013
71 Creative Commons IPP 2012 (Big Data) Keynote: Duncan Watts Duncan Watts discusses the opportunities and challenges posed by big data for research and public policy-making during his opening keynote of the conference "IPP2012: Big Data: Big Challenges". Duncan Watts 02 Jan 2013
72 Creative Commons Twitter-based early warning and risk communication of the swine flu pandemic in 2009 (Knowledge Exchange Seminar) Patty Kostkova discusses Twitter-based early warning and risk communication of the 2009 swine flu pandemic during a seminar on quantitative methods in social media research held at the OII on 26 September 2012. Patty Kostkova 02 Jan 2013
73 Creative Commons Use of Twitter in UK Local Government (Knowledge Exchange Seminar) Panos Panagiotopoulos discusses use of Twitter in UK local government during a seminar on quantitative methods in social media research held at the OII on 26 September 2012. Panos Panagiotopoulos 02 Jan 2013
74 Creative Commons Space-Time as a Sampling Condition for New Social Media Research (Knowledge Exchange Seminar) Luke Sloan discusses space-time as a sampling condition for new social media research during a seminar on quantitative methods in social media research held at the OII on 26 September 2012. Luke Sloan 02 Jan 2013
75 Creative Commons Social Media Research for Policy Making (Knowledge Exchange Seminar) Carl Miller discusses development of effective social media research for policy making during a seminar on quantitative methods in social media research held at the OII on 26 September 2012. Carl Miller 02 Jan 2013
76 Media Uses and Gratifications: Some Features of the Approach: Response by Denis McQuail Denis McQuail's response to Jay G. Blumler's talk on the origins and sources of the appeal of the 'uses and gratifications' paradigm. Denis McQuail 02 Jan 2013
77 Creative Commons Media Uses and Gratifications: Some Features of the Approach In this seminar Jay G. Blumler discusses the origins and sources of the appeal of the 'uses and gratifications' paradigm. Jay Blumler 02 Jan 2013
78 The Social Economy: Unleashing Value and Productivity through Social Technologies Over 70 percent of companies are using social technologies in some way, however very few come anywhere close to achieving the full potential benefit. Drummond Bone, Michael Chui, James Manyika, Marc Ventresca 02 Jan 2013
79 OII Internet and Society Awards: Raspberry Pi Victoria Nash, talks to Pete Lomas, Founder and Trustee at Raspberry Pi, recipients of an Internet and Society Award in 2012 from OII, in recognition of their exemplary efforts in using the Internet for the public good in Britain. Victoria Nash, Pete Lomas 02 Jan 2013
80 The Life Story of a Pioneer: From Hi-tech to Philanthropy The OII's Founding Donor Dame Stephanie Shirley speaks about the sources of her innovation, the software house she founded back in 1962 and why she has already given away £65M to IT and autism projects. Stephanie Shirley 02 Jan 2013
81 Automated Analysis of Information and Social Networks from Social Media Data Anatoliy Gruzd, Dalhousie University, gives a talk for the Oxford Internet Institute. Anatoliy Gruzd 06 Nov 2012
82 Creative Commons The Role of Digital Humanities in a Major Natural Disaster Paul Millar, CEISMIC Canterbury Earthquakes Digital Archive project leader, discusses the role of digital humanities in developing an international resource to preserve the digital record of the earthquakes' impacts and the long-term process of recovery. Paul Millar 19 Jun 2012
83 Computational Perspectives on the Structure and Information Flows in Online Networks An increasing amount of social interaction is taking place online: analyzing this data computationally offers enormous potential to address long-standing scientific questions, and to harness and inform the design of future social computing applications. Jure Leskovec 22 May 2012
84 Geographies of the World's Knowledge (ibook) An interactive book of accessible, informative maps and graphics illustrating the geographies of knowledge in our Internet Age. The ibook visualizes and explores contemporary patterns of commercially produced and peer-produced knowledge. Mark Graham, Monica Stephens, Scott A. Hale, Kunika Kono 30 Mar 2012
85 Creative Commons An introduction to the ebook - 'Geographies of the World's Knowledge' Dr Mark Graham introduces 'Geographies of the World's Knowledge'. The book, available as PDF and interactive iBook, visualizes and explores contemporary patterns of commercially produced and peer-produced knowledge. Mark Graham 28 Mar 2012
86 Creative Commons Webometrics: The Evolution of a Digital Social Science Research Field Mike Thelwall's Keynote talk from the OII Symposium "Social Science and Digital Research: Interdisciplinary Insights", March 2012. Mike Thelwall 28 Mar 2012
87 Creative Commons Visioning Studies: A Socio-technical Approach to Designing the Future Diane H. Sonnenwald's Keynote talk from the OII Symposium "Social Science and Digital Research: Interdisciplinary Insights", March 2012. Diane H. Sonnenwald 28 Mar 2012
88 Creative Commons Reproducibility: Gold or Fool's Gold in Digital Social Research? Christine Borgman's Keynote talk from the OII Symposium "Social Science and Digital Research: Interdisciplinary Insights", March 2012. Christine Borgman 28 Mar 2012
89 Digital Social Research: An Interdisciplinary Niche or the Future of the Social Sciences? Peter van den Besselaar's Keynote talk from the OII Symposium "Social Science and Digital Research: Interdisciplinary Insights", March 2012. Peter van den Besselaar 28 Mar 2012
90 Facebook Resistance? Understanding the Role of the Internet in the Arab Revolutions Revolutions are currently sweeping the Arab world, from Tunisia to Egypt and Libya to Bahrain. The Internet has been reported as a key factor, but we in fact know little of its role in these revolutions. Miriyam Aouragh, Noha Atef, Khaled Hroub, George Weyman 12 Mar 2012
91 Visualisation in the Age of Computerisation Professor Steve Woolgar introduces and discusses the main themes of the Visualisation in the Age of Computerisation conference, by reflecting on recent changes in visualisation media and considering some of the implications of these changes for research. Steve Woolgar 28 Feb 2012
92 Does the Mind have a Future? Baroness Greenfield discusses how Information Technology is changing the way humans think and feel. Whilst there are clear benefits, she also highlights the less desirable consequences, and suggests how best to minimise these threats. Susan Greenfield 28 Feb 2012
93 The Need for Achieving Appropriate Information Sharing and Information Protection David Bray describes the Information Sharing Environment, exploring post-9/11 information sharing in the United States, and the efforts being made towards information sharing and national security. David Bray 28 Feb 2012
94 Innovations and Journalism: Finally Together? Turo Uskali argues that, thanks to the Internet, there has never been a better time for innovative journalism and innovations in journalism. Turo Uskali 28 Feb 2012
95 Scammers on Online Dating Sites Monica Whitty discusses her recent work on dating scams, which has focused on attempting to identify a typology of victims, recognizing the techniques used by scammers, and also the psychological impact of the scams themselves. Monica Whitty, Bernie Hogan 28 Feb 2012
96 Presentation and Perception on Online Dating Sites Joseph Walther describes the hyperpersonal model and its relevance to the study of online dating. 'Idealisation' of perception and presentation online can facilitate the selection process, but may have unforseen consequences when people eventually meet. Joseph Walther, Nicole Ellison 28 Feb 2012
97 Partner Compatibility and Online Dating Sites Erina Lee discusses the importance of similarity between partners in terms of long-term relationship satisfaction. She discusses some compatibility dimensions that have been considered by eHarmony, as well as future directions for research. Bernie Hogan, Erina Lee 28 Feb 2012
98 Information Technologies and Marginalization in African Market Economies Laura Mann summarises her lecture on information technologies and marginalization in African market economies, part of the OII's Society and the Internet Lecture Series. Laura Mann 28 Feb 2012
99 Next Generation Internet Users: Digital Divides, Choices, and Inequalities Grant Blank summarises his lecture on how a new pattern of Internet access is developing through the use of a growing variety of devices than enable increasing mobility: these people are "Next Generation Internet Users". Grant Blank 28 Feb 2012
100 What Will A Companionable Computational Agent Be Like? (Lovelace Lecture 2010) Yorick Wilks explores the state of the art in modelling realistic conversation with computers over the last 40 years, and asks what we would want in a conversational agent (or 'Companion') designed for a long-term relationship with a user. Yorick Wilks 20 Jul 2010