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Estimating the Local Geographies of Digital Inequality in Britain: London and the South East Show Highest Internet Use — But Why?

Estimating the Local Geographies of Digital Inequality in Britain: London and the South East Show Highest Internet Use — But Why?

Despite the huge importance of the Internet in everyday life, we know surprisingly little about the geography of Internet use and participation at sub-national scales. A new article on Local Geographies of Digital Inequality by Grant Blank, Mark Graham, and Claudio Calvino published in Social Science Computer Review proposes a novel method to calculate the […]

Young people are the most likely to take action to protect their privacy on social networking sites

There is a widespread impression that younger people are less concerned with privacy than older people; indeed, that “privacy is no longer a social norm”. Is this really true? OII Research Fellow Grant Blank discusses results from a representative sample from Britain to find that (contrary to conventional wisdom) young people are actually more likely to have taken action to protect their privacy than older people. A full discussion can be found in his paper (with G.Bolsover and E.Dubois): A New Privacy Paradox: Young people and privacy on social network sites.

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Mapping the Local Geographies of Digital Inequality in Britain

The Internet has fundamentally reorganised economic, social and political actions and relationships around the world, and yet we know surprisingly little about the geography of Internet use and participation at sub-national scales. OII Fellow Grant Blank discusses how by combining data from the 2013 Oxford Internet Survey (OxIS) and the 2011 UK census, small area estimation techniques can be used to estimate Internet use at the local level in Britain, offering a never-before seen look at the local geographies of Internet usage.

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