Social scientists at Oxford are seeking answers to some of the world’s most important challenges. How can we tackle climate change? What needs to happen to resolve poverty? How should we respond to the economic crises? How should we fight for our human rights? Here we bring you the latest of our major discoveries in the social sciences at Oxford.
15 March 2017
Internet filters are widely used in homes, schools and libraries throughout the UK to protect young people from unpleasant online experiences. However, a new study by Oxford casts doubt on whether such technologies shield young teenagers after finding no link between homes with internet filters and the likelihood of the teenagers in those households being better protected.
24 February 2017
Researchers say 'benevolent bots', otherwise known as software robots, that are designed to make articles on Wikipedia better often end up having online fights lasting years over changes in content.
16 January 2017
While a lot has been said by scientists and paediatricians about the possible dangers of teenagers spending time on digital devices or computers, a new paper argues there is little robust evidence to back up their claims. The co-authors from Oxford and Cardiff universities say they are the first to systematically test for links between well-being and screen time measured continuously, separately for different digital activities and days of the week.
3 January 2017
The article 'How the internet is failing to drive economic development where promised' has been published on The Conversation. It was written by Nicolas Friederici, Researcher in Digital Economies at the University of Oxford.
4 November 2016
A new Oxford University study suggests that playing internet games is not as addictive as gambling. It is the first research that has tried to measure the scale of gaming addiction in the general population using symptoms of ‘internet gaming disorder’ as defined by the American Psychiatric Association (APA).
12 October 2016
Researchers have analysed data that reveals which plane crashes the public is interested in and why. They show the biases in the coverage of such events, even in open systems like Wikipedia.
21 September 2016
Oxford researchers launched the Online Labour Index, which finds US employers are the number one users of the ‘online gig economy’ (representing 52% of the market) but over the last few months UK employers have been fast catching up.
20 September 2016
Professor Vili Lehdonvirta discusses the digital transformation of labour markets and the rise of online work captured in a new Online Labour Index.
Back to the bad old days, as civil service infighting threatens UK’s only hope for digital government
9 August 2016
The article 'Back to the bad old days, as civil service infighting threatens UK's only hope for digital government' has been published on The Conversation. It was written by Helen Margetts, Professor of Society and the Internet and Director at the University of Oxford.
4 July 2016
Technology has always changed employment, but the rise of robotics and artificial intelligence could transform it beyond recognition. Researchers at Oxford are investigating how technology will shape the future of work — and what we can do to ensure everyone benefits.