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Experiments are the most exciting thing on the UK public policy horizon

OII Professor Helen Margetts discusses how the massive growth in Internet-mediated interactions creates a need for innovative methods to research online activity. Experimental laboratories — where subjects participate in games or information-seeking tasks on networked computers — have been used by experimental economists for some time, but the great expansion in online social and commercial activity means that they have growing utility in sociology and political science.

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We are pleased to present the combined third and fourth issue of Volume 4 of Policy and Internet. It contains eleven articles, each of which investigates the relationship between Internet-based applications and data and the policy process. The papers have been grouped into the broad themes of policy, government, representation, and activism. POLICY: In December […]

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eHealth: what is needed at the policy level? New special issue from Policy and Internet

Rik Crutzen of Maastricht University, Guest Editor (with Gordon Gao, of the University of Maryland) of Policy and Internet’s special issue on eHealth, discusses the policy insights of the papers published in the issue, which cover such issues as the effectiveness of national policies aimed at empowering users, patient trust in electronic health records, and user engagement with online health information.

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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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The last 2010 issue of Policy and Internet has just been published! We are pleased to present seven articles, all of which focus on a substantive public policy issue arising from widespread use of the Internet: online political advocacy and petitioning, nationalism and borders online, unintended consequences of the introduction of file-sharing legislation, and the […]

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Welcome to the third issue of Policy & Internet for 2010. We are pleased to present five articles focusing on substantive public policy issues arising from widespread use of the Internet: regulation of trade in virtual goods; development of electronic government in Korea; online policy discourse in UK elections; regulatory models for broadband technologies in […]

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Internet, Politics, Policy 2010: Wrap-Up

Our two-day conference is just about to come to an end with an evening reception at Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum (you can have a live view through OII’s very own webcam…). Its aim was to try to make an assessment of the Internet’s impact on politics and policy. The presentations approached this challenge from a number of […]

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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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