OxIS represents the UK's input into the World Internet Project (WIP), an international collaborative project which studies the social, economic and political implications of the Internet, carried out at over twenty universities and research centres around the world. The WIP carries out detailed panel surveys in every member country to help understand how individuals adopt and use the Internet and other technologies, and what implications this has on their everyday lives — from their use of time to their role within their community.
OxIS statistics and results are compared with surveys from over two dozen nations worldwide. By containing a core of questions which are common to the questionnaires administered in other WIP countries, we can place British findings on trends of Internet adoption and use in a comparative perspective both cross-nationally and over time. Participation in WIP allows the Oxford Internet Institute (OII) to take a leadership role in a worldwide collaborative effort, and to become an authoritative source of independent research and analysis of global trends in Internet use, and the specific patterns in Britain.
The WIP was founded in 1999 by Professor Jeff Cole (USC Annenberg School Center for the Digital Future) in collaboration with the Osservatorio Internet Italia at Bocconi University, Milan, Italy and the NTU School of Communication Studies in Singapore.
Image: World Internet Policy Project (WIP2) Workshop group, University of Lisbon (2010). Photo by Hugo Alexandre Cruz.