The Oxford Internet Institute (OII) is a department of the University of Oxford and is the world's leading multidisciplinary academic centre focused on furthering understanding of the economic, political, institutional, scientific, legal and other social factors shaping the Internet and its implications for society.
Its five research focal points examine the role of the Internet and other ICTs in: governance, such as developments in e-Government and e-Democracy; learning and education, for example online initiatives across all levels; research networking, including e-Science and social research initiatives; everyday life in the household, workplace and other areas of an e-Society; and policy issues that cut across all these social settings, for instance standards and intellectual property rights (IPR). All OII research is characterised by: being methodologically open, innovative and critical, having a global reach, seeking to integrate concepts and ideas across all areas of inquiry, and acting independently of government or commercial influence.
The OII will have a major role in developing and evaluating the conceptual framework for organizational and societal forgetting and remembering, and its possible operationalization as part of WP2. Additional contributions will be made to WP11 for dissemination.
Viktor Mayer-Schönberger is the Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation at Oxford. His research focuses on the role of information in a networked economy. Earlier he spent ten years on the faculty of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. Professor Mayer-Schönberger has published seven books, as well as over a hundred articles (including in Science) and book chapters. His most recent book, the awards-winning 'Delete: The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age' (Princeton University Press 2009) has received favorable reviews by academic (Nature, Science, New Scientist) and mainstream media (New York Times, Guardian, Le Monde, NPR, BBC, Wired) and has been published in four languages. Ideas proposed in the book have now become official policy, e.g. of the European Union.