Internet studies

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Staff at the Oxford Internet Institute (OII) can offer expertise on all aspects of the Internet including social, economic, political, and ethical issues

In the last forty years the Internet has grown from an arcane and specialized academic service to the sophisticated global network of networks we see today. During this period the complexity of its societal implications has become ever more obvious, as well as the many ways it shapes our lives. Grounded in a determination to measure, understand and explain the Internet’s multi-faceted interactions and effects, the OII’s research projects bring together some of the best international scholars within a multi-disciplinary department in one of the world’s top research universities. The OII are committed to being an informed, independent and nonpartisan source of the highest quality analysis and insight in all their research and policy-related activities. Staff at the OII undertake consultancy projects for a wide variety of clients, both commercial and non-commercial,  including the National Audit Office.

Areas of interest and expertise in internet studies include:

digital and social inclusion & exclusion

economic, political, legal, industrial, technical and ethical issues of the Internet in everyday life

internet regulation, governance and democracy

privacy, trust and risk concerns

social networking, entertainment and online education

shaping the future of the Internet

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