Research

Community Internet Networks

My postdoctoral research project looks at how communities at the margins of the web create innovative solutions to achieve internet access, challenging the corporate and state ownership models of internet provision. Working with community networks — built, administered, and maintained by local communities — I use ethnographic methods to explore how local communities devise alternative infrastructural, regulatory, and political answers to the digital divide.

Resources 

The Oxfordshire Digital Inclusion Project

Launching soon! As more of our everyday lives become digitised, it is increasingly vital to ensure that everyone has access to a digital future. The Oxfordshire Digital Inclusion Project, a collaboration between the University of Oxford and the Oxfordshire County Council Libraries, reveals unique data-driven insights on the digital needs of people who are under- or unconnected to the internet and other digital technologies. By documenting and evaluating the digital needs of library patrons, this project works to improve digital assistance programmes for Oxfordshire citizens and makes policy recommendations to Government regarding its digitisation agenda for public services. This project is funded by a grant from the Knowledge Exchange Seed Fund.