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Much Hangs in the Balance in Indonesia’s Election

On July 9th some 140 million Indonesians went to the polls to vote for a new President.  It was only the country’s third direct presidential election, and certainly the closest, with two very different candidates.  Each declared ... Read More »


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'A serious expansion of the British surveillance state'

Professor Ian Brown, a Principal Investigator at the Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre at the Oxford Martin School, is one of the signatories of an open letter from UK academic experts concerned at the the Data Retention and Investigato... Read More »

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Debating the future of technology and jobs at Camp Alphaville

The Financial Times's Camp Alphaville was billed as providing 'Peace. Love. Higher Returns' and as being like a 'festival for finance': it didn't disappoint. Taking place in a giant tent in London, containing ig... Read More »

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Q&A: Should we all become vegans to save the planet?

A study into the greenhouse gas emissions caused by different types of diet has for the first time provided quantitative evidence that going meat-free can dramatically reduce environmental impact. The paper, published in the journal Climati... Read More »

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As communications evolve, the state is struggling to agree ways to keep us safe

Home Secretary Theresa May last week renewed her call for changes in the law so that intelligence and law enforcement agencies have more powers to scrutinise online communications, insisting there is no programme of mass surveillance being ... Read More »

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What is more important than protecting the interests of future generations?

Our social and personal identity depends on what we inherited from our ancestors, but, at least as much as that, it is also determined by what we are able and willing to bequeath to our offspring. Today, we witness new social ties within the frame... Read More »

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What are the implications of our hyper-connected society?

Technology is never neutral, it has the potential and capacity to be used socially and politically for quite different purposes, argued Raymond Williams in 1983. Indeed, recently we both watched Her, the latest film from Spike Jonze, and realise... Read More »

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Numbers and waves: the effects of media portrayals of immigrants on public opinion in Britain

How do people form their impressions of and attitudes toward immigrants? This question is easy to talk about but hard to answer with social scientific research. [speech bubbles] Immigration is a vast and complex phenomenon; no one person can possi... Read More »

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Effective energy taxes, long term climate policy and energy efficiency

The day when we emit the one trillionth of carbon from global emissions is fast approaching. We could get there by the the middle of this century.Our data, and interviews with experts, shows that power generation, transport activities,... Read More »

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Expert workshop on cognitive enhancement device regulation: Are there ‘two worlds’ of devices?

Last week, we held an expert workshop with key stakeholders to discuss our recent Oxford Martin School policy paper. Our policy paper put forward proposals for how we thought cognitive enhancement devices such as brain stimulators should be regu... Read More »

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What can we learn from 19th century citizen science?

It is rare for an Oxford Martin School seminar to have a strong history component, given the future-focused nature of what we do and the research we support. So the first seminar in our Trinity Term series was a departure for us; a revealing and insi... Read More »

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Economic policy: cash-rich, rights-poor?

Despite the human rights dimensions of the global economic crisis that began in 2008, little attention has been given to the extent to which human rights should guide policy responses at the national or international level. In fact, little progress h... Read More »