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Can we predict electoral outcomes from Wikipedia traffic?

As digital technologies become increasingly integrated into the fabric of social life their ability to generate large amounts of information about the opinions and...

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...

Is Social Media Killing Democracy?

This is the big year for computational propaganda — using immense data sets to manipulate public opinion over social media. Both the Brexit referendum and US...

Back to the bad old days, as civil service infighting threatens UK’s only hope...

Technology and the public sector have rarely been happy bedfellows in the UK, where every government technology project seems doomed to arrive late, unperform and...
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,...

Facts and figures or prayers and hugs: how people with different health conditions support...

Online support groups are being used increasingly by individuals who suffer from a wide range of medical conditions. OII DPhil Student Ulrike Deetjen's recent article with John Powell, Informational and...

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,...

Crowdsourcing for public policy and government

If elections were invented today, they would probably be referred to as “crowdsourcing the government.” First coined in a 2006 issue of Wired magazine...

Political polarization on social media: do birds of a feather flock together on Twitter?

Twitter has exploded in recent years, now boasting half a billion registered users. Like blogs and the world’s largest social networking platform, Facebook, Twitter...