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Exploring the world of digital detoxing

Exploring the world of digital detoxing

As our social interactions become increasingly entangled with the online world, there are some who insist on the benefits of disconnecting entirely from digital technology. These advocates of “digital detoxing” view digital communication as eroding our ability to concentrate, to empathise, and to have meaningful conversations. A 2016 survey by OnePoll found that 40% of […]

Five Pieces You Should Probably Read On: Fake News and Filter Bubbles

  This is the second post in a series that will uncover great writing by faculty and students at the Oxford Internet Institute, things you should probably know, and things that deserve to be brought out for another viewing. This week: Fake News and Filter Bubbles! Fake news, post-truth, “alternative facts”, filter bubbles — this […]

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Should there be a better accounting of the algorithms that choose our news for us?

A central ideal of democracy is that political discourse should allow a fair and critical exchange of ideas and values. But political discourse is unavoidably mediated by the mechanisms and technologies we use to communicate and receive information — and content personalization systems (think search engines, social media feeds and targeted advertising), and the algorithms […]

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Alan Turing Institute and OII: Summit on Data Science for Government and Policy Making

The benefits of big data and data science for the private sector are well recognised. So far, considerably less attention has been paid to the power and potential of the growing field of data science for policy-making and public services. On Monday 14th March 2016 the Oxford Internet Institute (OII) and the Alan Turing Institute […]

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Ethics in Networked Systems Research: ACM SigComm Workshop Report

To maintain an open and working Internet, we need to make sense of how the complex and decentralised technical system operates. Research groups, governments, and companies have dedicated teams working on highly technical research and experimentation to make sense of information flows and how these can be affected by new developments, be they intentional or […]

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Should we use old or new rules to regulate warfare in the information age?

As contemporary societies grow increasingly dependant on ICTs, any form of attack that involves their informational infrastructures poses serious risks and raises the need for adequate defence and regulatory measures. The OII’s Mariarosaria Taddeo discusses the outcome of a recent NATO CCD COE workshop on Ethics and Policies for Cyber Warfare, which focused on the question of the adequacy and efficacy of existing laws and ethical frameworks for the regulation of cyber warfare. Read the full workshop report [PDF, 400kb].

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The Future of Europe is Science — and ethical foresight should be a priority

The EC recently took stock of European achievements in science, engineering, technology and innovation (SETI) during the last 10 years, at the high-level conference “The Future of Europe is Science”. Keynote speaker Luciano Floridi highlights three particularly significant features of the resulting report: that the report treats science and technology as equally important and intertwined; that contrary to our expectations, citizens do not consider the protection of personal data to be a high priority for SET in the next 15 years; and that ethical foresight “should also be a priority”.

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