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Psychology is in Crisis: And Here’s How to Fix It

Concerns have been raised about the integrity of the empirical foundation of psychological science, such as low statistical power, publication bias (i.e. an aversion...

What Impact is the Gig Economy Having on Development and Worker Livelihoods?

As David Harvey famously noted, workers are unavoidably place-based because "labor-power has to go home every night." But the widespread use of the Internet...

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...

Five Pieces You Should Probably Read On: The US Election

This is the first post in a series that will uncover great writing by faculty and students at the Oxford Internet Institute, things you...

Of course social media is transforming politics. But it’s not to blame for Brexit...

After Brexit and the election of Donald Trump, 2016 will be remembered as the year of cataclysmic democratic events on both sides of the...

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

A central ideal of democracy is that political discourse should allow a fair and critical exchange of ideas and values. But political discourse is...

The blockchain paradox: Why distributed ledger technologies may do little to transform the economy

Bitcoin's underlying technology, the blockchain, is widely expected to find applications far beyond digital payments. It is celebrated as a "paradigm shift in the...

Don’t Shoot the Messenger! What part did social media play in 2016 US e­lection?

Commentators have been quick to ‘blame social media’ for ‘ruining’ the 2016 election in putting Mr Donald Trump in the White House. Just as...
Surveillance in NYC's financial district. Photo by Jonathan McIntosh (flickr).

Exploring the Ethics of Monitoring Online Extremism

(Part 2 of 2) The Internet serves not only as a breeding ground for extremism, but also offers myriad data streams which potentially hold...

P-values are widely used in the social sciences, but often misunderstood: and that’s a...

P-values are widely used in the social sciences, especially 'big data' studies, to calculate statistical significance. Yet they are widely criticized for being easily hacked,...