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Ethical privacy guidelines for mobile connectivity measurements

To make sense of today’s increasingly complex Internet architecture, network researchers collect and share datasets of network measurements, from detailed individual-level traces to data aggregated on a regional level. The OII’s Ben Zevenbergen discusses the recommendations of the Ethical Privacy Guidelines for Mobile Connectivity Measurements project, which is aimed at helping network researchers navigate the challenges of preserving the privacy of data subjects, publishing and disseminating datasets, while adhering to and advancing good scientific practice.

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Staying free in a world of persuasive technologies

Technologies are increasingly being designed to change the way we think and behave. While there has been excitement recently about designing information environments to ‘nudge’ us into beneficial behaviours, are we giving enough attention to their implications for individual freedom and autonomy? When does a ‘nudge’ become a ‘push’? OII DPhil student James Williams is developing a set of ethical principles for the design of persuasive technologies.

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How effective is online blocking of illegal child sexual content?

Blocking of ‘illegal’ websites and online content keeps raising questions in many countries. Karel Demeyer, Eva Lievens and Jos Dumortier discuss the inefficiencies and legal perils of website blocking in their Policy and Internet paper: Blocking and Removing Illegal Child Sexual Content: Analysis from a Technical and Legal Perspective. They find that blocking is a technically ineffective means of stopping the distribution of child pornography, and that it risks ‘mission creep’ if blocking measures are extended to sites that violate other laws, such as copyright or gambling.

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The global fight over copyright control: Is David beating Goliath at his own game?

In the past few years, many governments have attempted to curb online “piracy” by enforcing harsher copyright control upon Internet users. Yana Breindl and François Briatte discuss their Policy and Internet paper Digital Protest Skills and Online Activism Against Copyright Reform in France and the European Union, which explores how the introduction of harsher intellectual property regulations has resulted in intense online and offline collective action by skilled activists who have significantly altered the digital copyright policy field.

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Time for debate about the societal impact of the Internet of Things

Despite the growing ubiquity and connectivity of the consumer devices and other objects that make up the “Internet of Things”, very little is understood about the likely social impacts of the technology. Jeremy Crump is chair of the BCS Internet of Things working group and a Director at Cisco Systems. In February 2013 he chaired a joint BCS-OII seminar on the societal impact of the Internet of Things with Ian Brown (OII); a summary of the contributions is published on the BCS website.

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Uncovering the structure of online child exploitation networks

As the problem of child pornography online continues to grow, it has become imperative that law enforcement resources be allocated in the most efficient manner. Martin Bouchard of Simon Fraser University discusses the web-crawling tool he designed (with colleagues Bryce Westlake and Richard Frank) to automate the process of searching for child pornography websites, and to identify the ‘key players’ that should be prioritized by law enforcement agencies seeking to disrupt child exploitation networks.

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Public policy responses to cybercrime: a new special issue from Policy and Internet

Multidisciplinary approaches on the issues raised by cybercrime are actively being sought by policymaking communities. Stefan Fafinski, Research Fellow at Leeds University, and Guest Editor of Policy & Internet’s special issue on cybercrime introduces the papers published in the issue, discussing the problems that the abuse of networked technologies brings to society as a whole, and the range of possible policy approaches and responses.

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Catching a bus, picking up some groceries, calling home to check on the children – all simple, seemingly private activities that characterise many people’s end to the working day. Yet each of these activities leaves a data trail that enables companies, even the state, to track the most mundane aspects of our lives. Add to […]

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Our two-day conference is coming to a close with a keynote by Viktor Mayer-Schönberger who is soon to be joining the faculty of the Oxford Internet Institute as Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation. Viktor talked about the theme of his recent book“Delete: The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age”(a webcast of this keynote will […]

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