Category Archives: Projects

New website exploring digital trade and implications for development

Extending our recent research on digital trade, we have launched a website called the “Digital Trade Tracker” that looks to provide better coverage of the implications of Digital Trade in terms of global justice and development.

In our research we have often found digital trade to be a fast moving, technical and confusing area. We also found that much of the public material presented in the mainstream press took a narrow perspective, often rehashing the positions of technology firms and powerful states, such as the US.

As issues around data, digital and trade becomes important there is need for clearer information and commentary on these issues. This is the goal of this website – to provide simple and balanced information for trade negotiators, policy makers, advocacy groups, academics and wider society on issues connected digital trade and how they will shape the future of the global economy.

More details of the Digital trade tracker website can be found here – Digital trade tracker

New project GEONET

This is just a note to flag up the new project in OII that I am part of called GEONET. This is an exciting four year research project employing mixed-methods to understand the growth and impacts of the knowledge economy is sub-saharan Africa

The GEONET project at the Oxford Internet Institute investigates the geographies, drivers, and effects of Sub-Saharan Africa’s emerging ‘information economies.’ It asks whether these economies represent a new era of development, and how information and communication technologies impact on older processes of dependence, underdevelopment, and economic extraversion.

The GEONET homepage is here which we we will be updating with discussions, findings, visualisations and open-data over the coming years.