Archive for the 'Shaping the Internet' Category



I have been quite interested in the Internet of Things since participating in a workshop organized by the TSB SIG on the topic. I chaired a group focused on the social aspects of the IoT, which led to a working paper. This has turned into a published article in Info, an Emerald journal: William Dutton, […]

Dutton, William H. with the assistance of Elizabeth Dubois (2014) (ed.) Politics and the Internet. London and New York: Routledge. See: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415561501/ Delighted to see the first pre-publication copy of the four volume set on Politics and the Internet, edited by me with the assistance of Elizabeth Dubois. It is within a larger set of […]

We have volunteered to help CDEC find expertise in areas key to its work. One of the first areas we’ve considered is cybersecurity.  Where does expertise lie in cybersecurity research in the UK, but also internationally. We asked six cybersecurity researchers in the UK to indicate the locus of the most important contemporary work. While […]

I’d like to bring your attention to a workshop that Paul Jackson is organizing at Oxford Brooks University: 9:00 to 5:00, 12 September 2013 Wheatley Campus, Oxford Brookes University – What threats and opportunities do new mobile technologies present to your organisation and industry? – How could mobile devices help you reach new customers, provide […]

I have been spending the week keeping quite busy and engaged teaching a small seminar at the University of Konstanz, Germany. The seminar is entitled ‘Politics and Policy of the Internet’ and my 12 students are masters students in their faculty of politics and public administration. The first photo is of a subset of the […]

Our journal, Information Communication and Society (iCS), has had a step-jump in its readership and role in the field over the last several years. The editor, Brian Loader, and I were recalling our first meeting in the late 1990s, when Brian first proposed the journal. We are in the midst of the 16th volume with […]

While I have no involvement in this conference, I want to help draw attention to this CALL FOR PAPERS: Celebrating the Achievements and Legacies of Ada Lovelace 18 October 2013 Stevens Institute of Technology, College of Arts and Letters An interdisciplinary conference celebrating the achievements and legacies of the poet Lord Byron’s only known legitimate […]

The Guardian today featured two articles that bring home the risks of governmental policies and directives seeking to enforce the ‘right to forget’. One was about Britain (wisely) seeking to opt-out of EU’s data protection regulation that dictates the right for people to delete information from the Internet, such as an embarrassing photo. The other […]

A classic study of public opinion found that while Americans generally supported abstract principles of freedom of expression, many would not support the application of these principles in concrete cases, such as permitting an extreme group to speak at a local school (McCloskey and Brill 1983). That the public can support concrete actions that undermine […]

The Economist recently addressed the chilling effect that libel law is likely to have on Twitter, arguing that: ‘Now it [Twitter] seems to fall under the law’s shadow to a greater extent than similar speech does on the offline world’ (November 24, 2012: 37). But it is not simply libel law that could undermine freedom […]