The Internet, Policy & Politics Conferences

Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford


Professor Arthur Lupia

Arthur Lupia is the Hal R. Varian Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan and Research Professor at its Institute for Social Research. A leading scholar on voting, civic competence, parliamentary governance and political communication, his research has clarified our understanding of how information and institutions affect policy and politics, and how people make decisions when they lack information.

He draws from multiple scientific and philosophical disciplines and he employs multiple research methods. His work provides insights on voting, civic competence, legislative-bureaucratic relations, parliamentary governance, and political communication.

His books include The Democratic Dilemma: Can Citizens Learn What They Need to Know? (1998), Elements of Reason: Cognition, Choice, and the Bounds of Rationality (2000), Stealing the Initiative: How State Government Reacts to Direct Democracy (2001), and Positive Changes in Political Science: The Legacy of Richard D. McKelvey’s Most Influential Writings (2007).

Watch Arthur Lupia's Keynote Webcast.

Professor Viktor Mayer-Schönberger

Viktor Mayer-Schönberger is the OII's Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation. His research focuses on the role of information in a networked economy. He was previously Associate Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and Director of the Information + Innovation Policy Research Centre. Before coming to the LKYSPP he spent ten years on the faculty of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

Professor Mayer-Schönberger has published seven books, including most recently 'Delete: The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age' (Princeton University Press 2009) and 'Governance and Information Technology' (MIT Press 2007), as well as over a hundred articles (including in Science) and book chapters. A native Austrian, Professor Mayer-Schonberger founded Ikarus Software in 1986, a company focusing on data security, and developed Virus Utilities, which became the best-selling Austrian software product. He was voted Top-5 Software Entrepreneur in Austria in 1991 and Person-of-the-Year for the State of Salzburg in 2000.

Watch Viktor Mayer-Schönberger's Keynote Webcast.