The Indiana University Maurer School of Law and the Oxford Internet Institute have launched a joint program in which graduate students would spend the fall semester in Bloomington at Indiana Law and then move to Oxford to study at the Oxford Internet Institute in the winter and spring. At the conclusion of the program, successful students receive an Indiana University Maurer School of Law LL.M. with a Certificate in Information Law and Policy from the Oxford Internet Institute.
The Economist reports in its 2012 Outlook that the quantity of global digital data expanded from 130 exabytes in 2005 to 1,227 in 2010, and is predicted to rise to 7,910 exabytes in 2015. The surge in online and mobile transactions, the deployment of ubiquitous sensor networks, the proliferation of metadata, rapidly dropping data storage costs, and new analytical capabilities are creating a deluge of digital data and posing new and challenging issues about data governance, security, privacy, ownership, and use. Attorneys and policy experts increasingly are in demand to help address these challenges in industry, government, universities, and the not-for-profit sector.
A scene from the campus of University of Oxford
Indiana University and the University of Oxford are at the forefront of research about these issues, and training scholars and professionals to address them.
Recognized as a National Center of Academic Excellence in both Information Assurance Research and Information Assurance Education, Indiana University is home to Internet2 and the Big Red supercomputer. IU's Maurer School of Law offers an extensive program in information privacy, security, and governance, and in intellectual property.
The University of Oxford is one of the world's oldest and most distinguished universities. Founded in 2001, the Oxford Internet Institute is the world's only major department in a top-ranked international university to offer multi-disciplinary social science degree programs and informed, independent, and nonpartisan research on the societal implications of the Internet.
The IU – Oxford Joint Program draws on the strengths of the Maurer School of Law and the Oxford Internet Institute and the two great universities that house them. Students participate fully in the life of both universities — taking courses, engaging with faculty and guest speakers, interacting with other students studying various aspects of the internet and information governance, and ultimately completing a thesis on some aspect of information policy and law. The program is unique and is open to a maximum of ten students each year.