Digital Pathways at Oxford

Digital Pathways at Oxford examines the challenges of digital transformation and asks how developing countries can govern digital technologies to ensure inclusive growth.

Building on the work of the Pathways for Prosperity Commission, Digital Pathways at Oxford produces cutting-edge research across the fields of public policy, law, economics, computer science, and political science to support informed decision-making on the governance of digital technologies, with a focus on low- and middle-income countries. This knowledge provides the foundations for practical engagement with governments and policymakers: synthesising research into impact-oriented policy advice, and building a network of practitioners and experts in digital governance.

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About the programme

Navigating major technological change requires novel research on key technology policy and regulation – from competition to taxation and cybersecurity. Digital Pathways at Oxford explores the strengths and weaknesses of emerging practice around policy and regulation of digital technologies in developing nations, and provide concrete proposals to improve them.

The research is grounded in a clear appreciation for developing countries' political, institutional, social, and economic realities, and will examine the key issues arising at three levels – the individual, the nation, and the international. The team at the Blavatnik School of Government works closely with researchers across the University of Oxford, including the Oxford Martin School, the Oxford Internet Institute, the Department of Economics, and the Department of Computer Science.

Digital Pathways at Oxford also houses capacity-building and implementation work with extensive international collaboration. The programme works with a number of countries using the Digital Economy Kit to craft national strategies for economic transformation in a number of partner countries, with the support of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). Funding from GCRF Research England and the Omidyar Network will also allow us to work with research partners from Africa and Asia and to leverage our relationship with developing countries' governments to offer implementable solutions for current challenges.

The work conducted by Digital Pathways at Oxford will ultimately provide the basis to identify further interconnected research questions, laying the groundwork for a future centre devoted to the interdisciplinary study of the governance of digital technologies.