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Web Science Institute

Ethics, Governance and Liberties

We investigate the issues arising from protecting people's privacy and security in an online environment, including the principles and practice of data protection law and innovative approaches to understanding cybercrime and supporting cybersecurity. We are exploring fair and trustworthy means of data sharing, ethical questions relating to the development and deployment of autonomous weapons systems, understanding algorithmic bias and accountability and the broader ethical and epistemological questions of digital data, algorithmic decision making and artificial intelligence.

Four Internets

Four Internets

Kieron O’Hara and Wendy Hall have been investigating how the Internet is governed, in a series of articles culminating in a book to be published by Oxford University Press in 2021.

Cyber Security

Cyber Security

Cyber Crime and Cyber Security are key global challenges that require interdisciplinary expertise.

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Democratic Futures

A future without the web is unthinkable, but whether the web threatens or strengthens democratic futures is something humans may still decide.

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Centre for Democratic Futures

CDF engages in interdisciplinary research on the conditions of realizing democratic futures, ranging from conceptual debates to challenges of institutional innovation and public policy.

How much Data Are You Giving Away?

A short video highlighting the key issues relating to data and social media.

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