Oxford University is set to create the world's first internet institute, with a focus on researching the effects of the world wide web on society and to become a base for all kinds of electronic research.
With £15m in its back pocket, donated by one of the UK's richest women, Dame Stephanie Shirley, and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), the institute plans to become an advisory body for government policies on internet issues.
The institute is set to open later this year and will look at internet matters across the board, from cryptography through to intellectual property. Education Secretary David Blunkett said: "Britain needs a centre for top-class research on the difficult issues the internet poses in cryptography, intellectual property rights, security and so on."
Colin Lucas, the vice chancellor of Oxford University, added: "This is an area with huge commercial interests and there is a need for a voice that is independent, underpinned by first class research and recognised world wide for its integrity."
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