Research

Our research focuses on selected issues of online platforms and governance. It has a distinct multidisciplinary approach, a policy orientation, and a special interest in an international perspective.

Online Platforms

Platform companies, such as US-based Alphabet-Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, and China’s Tencent and Alibaba, have arisen as the digital infrastructure of our time, restructuring our economies and societies and transforming our ways of living.

Online platforms are expected to lead to a more connected world, enabling users to bypass established institutions, cumbersome regulations, all at less expense, resulting in a stronger, more vibrant, and more inclusive society.

Our research into platforms will primarily focus on the following areas:

  • Platforms and news transformation
  • Platforms and online speech
  • Platforms and media policy
  • Platform economy & platform society

Governance

The programme researches how governance is evolving in a platform era and in a changing world order. Platforms are now sitting between traditional nation states and individuals, using algorithms to govern their communities that consist of millions or even billions of users.

The changing world order, notably the rise of China and the withdrawal of the United States from internationalism, has also posed new challenges to the old governance models. Our research on governance focuses on the following key areas:

  • Internet governance
  • Global governance
  • Models of governance
  • Governance and constitutions


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The latest from Wolfson College

16 January 2020
Jon Stallworthy Poetry Prize 2020 Winner Announced

Michaela Coplen won this year's Jon Stallworthy Poetry Prize on the theme of 'Plastic'. The winner was announced on Saturday 18 January at Wolfson...

Wolfson College University Challenge Team
13 January 2020
University Challenge Round Two

The team representing Wolfson consists of Mary Caple, Claire Jones, Ryan Walker and Mike Perrin. Tonight, they will compete against the University...

Géza Vermes Portrait
6 January 2020
The Life of Geza Vermes

Geza Vermes was an expert in the history of Judaism in the early Roman empire whose prolific writings, particularly on the Jewish background of...

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