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How big data is breathing new life into the smart cities concept

“Big data” is a growing area of interest for public policy makers: for example, it was highlighted in UK Chancellor George Osborne’s recent budget...

Tracing our every move: Big data and multi-method research

Using anything digital always creates a trace. The more digital 'things' we interact with, from our smart phones to our programmable coffee pots, the...

Monitoring Internet openness and rights: report from the Citizen Lab Summer Institute 2014

根据相关法律法规和政策,部分搜索结果未予显示 could be a warning message we will see displayed more often on the Internet; but likely translations thereof. In Chinese, this means “according...

Facebook and the Brave New World of Social Research using Big Data

Reports about the Facebook study ‘Experimental evidence of massive-scale emotional contagion through social networks’ have resulted in something of a media storm. Yet it can...

Seeing like a machine: big data and the challenges of measuring Africa’s informal economies

As Linnet Taylor's recent post on this blog has argued, researchers are gaining interest in Africa's big data. Linnet's excellent post focused on what...

The scramble for Africa’s data

  After the last decade’s exponential rise in ICT use, Africa is fast becoming a source of big data. Africans are increasingly emitting digital information...

Online crowd-sourcing of scientific data could document the worldwide loss of glaciers to climate...

Ed: Project Pressure has created a platform for crowdsourcing glacier imagery, often photographs taken by climbers and trekkers. Why are scientists interested in these...

Slicing digital data: methodological challenges in computational social science

One of the big social science questions is how our individual actions aggregate into collective patterns of behaviour (think crowds, riots, and revolutions). This...

Is internet gaming as addictive as gambling? (no, suggests a new study)

New research by Andrew Przybylski (OII, Oxford University), Netta Weinstein (Cardiff University), and Kou Murayama (Reading University) published today in the American Journal of...

Technological innovation and disruption was a big theme of the WEF 2014 in Davos:...

Last week, I was at the World Economic Forum in Davos, the first time that the Oxford Internet Institute has been represented there. Being...