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The challenges of government use of cloud services for public service delivery

Ed: You open your recent Policy and Internet article by noting that "the modern treasury of public institutions is where the wealth of public...
Chinese Internet Cafe

How easy is it to research the Chinese web?

Ed: How easy is it to request or scrape data from the "Chinese Web"? And how much of it is under some form of...

Verification of crowd-sourced information: is this ‘crowd wisdom’ or machine wisdom?

In ‘Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace’, Lawrence Lessig (2006) writes that computer code (or what he calls ‘West Coast code’) can have the...

Can Twitter provide an early warning function for the next pandemic?

  Ed: Could you briefly outline your study? Patty: We investigated the role of Twitter during the 2009 swine flu pandemics from two perspectives. Firstly, we...
Google China

Uncovering the patterns and practice of censorship in Chinese news sites

Ed: How much work has been done on censorship of online news in China? What are the methodological challenges and important questions associated with...

Mapping the uneven geographies of information worldwide

Information is the raw material for much of the work that goes on in the contemporary global economy, and visibility and voice in this...

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

On 17 April 2013, the US Federal Trade Commission published a call for inputs on the ‘consumer privacy and security issues posed by the...

Online collective action and policy change: shifting contentious politics in policy processes

Research has disproved the notion held by political elites — and some researchers — that collective action resides outside of policy-making processes, and is...
Libya Crisis Map

Did Libyan crisis mapping create usable military intelligence?

The Middle East has recently witnessed a series of popular uprisings against autocratic rulers. In mid-January 2011, Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali...

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

Cybercrime is just one of many significant and challenging issues of ethics and public policy raised by the Internet. It has policy implications for...