iSchool Hosting 2013 Oxford Internet Institute Summer Doctoral Programme

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Today the Faculty of Information (iSchool) at the University of Toronto begins hosting the 11th annual Oxford Internet Institute (OII) Summer Doctoral Programme (SDP), which runs until July 19, 2013.

The SDP is one of the highlights of the OII's academic year bringing together 25-30 stellar doctoral students from around the world for two weeks of study with leading academics in a dynamic multi-disciplinary environment.

Professor Seamus Ross, Dean of the iSchool, and a previous Visiting Fellow at OII, welcomed the collaboration: "The opportunity for the UofT iSchool to partner with the OII on its internationally acclaimed summer school in 2013 is exciting. The bringing together of exceptional students from across the globe with OII and iSchool academics will provide a dynamic learning opportunity for us all."

The 2013 SDP will see Fellows brought from Oxford joining force with faculty from the iSchool, and other University of Toronto departments, as well as academics from universities in the Toronto area. Teaching faculty from the iSchool include Professors Barry Wellman, Rhonda McEwen, Leslie Regan Shade, Andrew Clement, Sara Grimes, Periklis Andritsos and Patrick Keilty.

Besides the University of Toronto (Ron Deibert and Masashi Crete-Nishihata), faculty members from Ryerson, Western, York and Brock universities will participate as well.

Topics range from “The internet is not a cloud, making state spying easier,” to “Young Canadians, Participatory Digital Culture and Policy Literacy.”

The aim of the programme is to bring together advanced doctoral students engaged in dissertation research relating to the Internet and other ICTs. The 2013 Programme will emphasize methodological innovation and good practice in research design, and will expose students to the benefits of discussing their research in a multi-disciplinary teaching environment.

By sharing their work and learning from leading academics in the field, students can enhance the quality and significance of their thesis research and create a peer network of excellent young researchers.

Professor Helen Margetts, Director of the OII, extended her thanks to Dean Ross and the iSchool, noting, "The Summer Doctoral Programme makes a significant contribution to the development of the next generation of Internet researchers, and we are delighted that the 2013 cohort will benefit from the extraordinary range of expertise available within Toronto."

Nearly 300 doctoral students have passed through the SDP to date, with some of its early alumni now running Internet-related research centres around the world.

Oll would like to thank the following schools for their support of students and faculty: Faculty of Communication and Design, Ryerson University; Annenberg School of Communication, University of Southern California; ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation; and Creative Industries Faculty, QUT.