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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.

'How artificial intelligence conquered democracy'

'How artificial intelligence conquered democracy'

Internet Research The Conversation

The article 'How artificial intelligence conquered democracy' has been published on The Conversation. It was written by Vyacheslav W. Polonski, Researcher at the Oxford Internet Institute.

Face-to-face bullying more common than cyberbullying among teenagers

Face-to-face bullying more common than cyberbullying among teenagers

Internet Research

Despite the growth of social media, the internet and their central role in modern childhood, traditional bullying – such as name-calling or being excluded by others – remains considerably more common than cyberbullying, according to the largest study of its kind published in The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health journal.

'Finsbury Park attack shows the harm Islamophobia continues to inflict on Muslim communities'

'Finsbury Park attack shows the harm Islamophobia continues to inflict on Muslim communities'

Internet Research The Conversation

The article 'Finsbury Park attack shows the harm Islamophobia continues to inflict on Muslim communities' has been published on The Conversation. It was written by Bharath Ganesh, a researcher based at the Oxford Internet Institute.

'Social media is nothing like drugs, despite all the horror stories'

'Social media is nothing like drugs, despite all the horror stories'

Internet Research The Conversation

The article 'Social media is nothing like drugs, despite all the horror stories' has been published on The Conversation. It was written by Andy Przybylski, an experimental psychologist based at the Oxford Internet Institute, and Amy C Orben, a social media psychologist based at the Oxford Department of Experimental Psychology.

Academic recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours

Academic recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours

Sociology Internet Government Award

The pioneering work of Professor Jonathan Gershuny has been recognised in The Queen's Birthday Honours List.

Labour dominating Twitter conversation in UK election campaign, says study

Labour dominating Twitter conversation in UK election campaign, says study

Internet Research

Analysis by researchers at Oxford University's Oxford Internet Institute shows that content about the Labour Party is dominating traffic on Twitter during the UK general election campaign.

'White people in South Africa still hold the lion’s share of all forms of capital'

'White people in South Africa still hold the lion’s share of all forms of capital'

Internet Research The Conversation

The article 'White people in South Africa still hold the lion's share of all forms of capital' has been published on The Conversation. It was written by Mohammad Amir Anwar, Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Oxford.

Can universal basic income counter the ill-effects of the gig economy?

Can universal basic income counter the ill-effects of the gig economy?

Internet Research The Conversation

The article 'Can universal basic income counter the ill-effects of the gig economy?' has been published on The Conversation. It was written by Vili Lehdonvirta, Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford.

Wikipedia articles on plane crashes show what we remember

Wikipedia articles on plane crashes show what we remember

Internet Research

Oxford University researchers have tracked how recent aircraft incidents or accidents trigger past events and the factors making some consistently more memorable than others.

A 'stranglehold' on the data that could help explain political extremism

A 'stranglehold' on the data that could help explain political extremism

Internet Research

The advent of social media has led to a vast increase in the amount of social information that we see about others’ political behaviour and this has important implications for democracy, argues Professor Helen Margetts in Nature Human Behaviour.

Two Oxford academics honoured by Academy of Social Sciences

Two Oxford academics honoured by Academy of Social Sciences

Social Sciences Division Internet Social Policy

The Academy of Social Sciences has announced today that it has conferred the award of Fellow on 47 leading social scientists, including two from the University of Oxford, John Haskey and Luciano Floridi.

Doubts about whether internet filters protect teenagers online

Doubts about whether internet filters protect teenagers online

Internet Research

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.

'Computer bots are like humans, having fights lasting years'

'Computer bots are like humans, having fights lasting years'

Internet Research

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.

'Moderate amounts of screen time may not be bad for teenagers’ well-being'

'Moderate amounts of screen time may not be bad for teenagers’ well-being'

Internet Research

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.

'How the internet is failing to drive economic development where promised'

'How the internet is failing to drive economic development where promised'

Internet Research The Conversation

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.

What percentage of people who play video games are 'addicted'?

What percentage of people who play video games are 'addicted'?

Internet Research

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).

When we care about some plane crashes and not so much others

When we care about some plane crashes and not so much others

Internet Research

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.

Rise of online work captured in the first Online Labour Index

Rise of online work captured in the first Online Labour Index

Internet Research

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.

Rise of online work captured in a new Online Labour Index

Rise of online work captured in a new Online Labour Index

Internet Research

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

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

Internet Research The Conversation

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.

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