Merit 2019 Innovation Award


The Quello Center was honored with the Merit 2019 Innovation Award for original contributions to the Michigan Moonshot project.

The Quello Team, led by Co-PIs Johannes Bauer, Laleah Fernandez, and Keith Hampton, developed a multi faceted approach to increase our understanding of the quality of broadband connectivity and its effects on school performance. This is the first study to combine crowd-sourced network data with survey data, administered initially in 202 classrooms in three intermediate school districts across Michigan. Based on the lessons from the pilot phase, the team, working with Merit Network and MLab, plans to scale the project across the state and beyond.

Merit Award

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BCFM Avatar Award


November 21st, 2017

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Shelia R. Cotten: New MSU Foundation Professor


September 22nd, 2017

I attended the 2017 Investiture Program today at MSU, honoring the university’s newest endowed chairs and professors, including one of our Media and Information faculty members, Shelia Cotten. Shelia has had a distinguished career, but her ability to connect her work on Internet studies, where she focuses on its uses and impacts across the life course, with her work on health, such as in directing MSU’s Trifecta program on technology and research innovation for health, earned her such well deserved recognition. The Quello Center congratulates Professor Cotten and appreciates the value she adds to the Department of Media and Information and the College of Communication Arts and Sciences.

Bill Dutton

Professor Shelia Cotten and Dean Prabu David at Investiture Program 2017

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News Release: To Honor David Brinkley and James H. Quello at the Annual First Amendment Banquet RTNDF


July 27th, 2017

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Comments by FCC Commissioner James H. Quello at the Broadcast Pioneer Annual Banquet (not released)


June 30th, 2017

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ICA Communication and Technology Awards: Nominate!


Scholars of the Internet and Society

Please take some time to consider this last call for nominations to the Communication and Technology (CAT) Awards Committee for three different awards. CAT is a division of the International Communication Association (ICA):

First, we request nominations for the Frederick Williams Prize for Contributions to the Study of Communication Technology. Send nominations by 2 March 2015.

Secondly, please nominate dissertations to be considered for the Herbert S. Dordick Prize. We will receive nominations sent by 2 March 2015.

Finally, the CAT Awards Committee has been asked to recommend members of CAT to be considered for nomination as ICA Fellows. There is nothing to prevent members nominating individuals on their own, but if you’d like the CAT Awards Committee to consider nominating individuals, please send us your nominations. See:

Thank you for your help. Send any nominations for any of these awards to and indicate the ICA Award in the subject heading.

Many thanks,

Bill Dutton, Quello Center, MSU
Chair of CAT Awards Committee

Members include:

Monica Bulger, Data & Society Research Institute, New York City, and Oxford Internet Institute, Oxford University, UK

Leah Lievrouw, Department of Information Studies, UCLA

Joseph Walther, Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, NTU, Singapore

Ran Wei, School of Journalism & Mass Communications
University of South Carolina

Simeon Yates, Institute of Cultural Capital, University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University, UK

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Quello Director Receives 2014 William F. Ogburn Career Achievement Award from the American Sociological Association


August 17th, 2014

Bill Dutton, the new Director of the Quello Center, received the 2014 William F. Ogburn Career Achievement Award from the American Sociological Association, given by CITASA at the July 2014 ASA meeting. (CITASA is ASA’s section on Communication and Information Technology). A list of previous recipients is available at:

Bill was unable to attend the meeting, given the timing coinciding with his move to MSU, but he sent these words of appreciation:

“Dear Colleagues of CITASA,

I would like to convey my appreciation to the selection committee and CITASA for honoring me with this career achievement award. It is a privilege to be in the company of those who have received this recognition in past years, and to have such a wonderful link with William F. Ogburn and the ASA. I am delighted to be part of the community of scholars you are building.

It amazes me that even in the space of my own career, the sociological study of the Internet and related communication and information technologies has moved from the margins of sociology to become one of its most exciting fields of innovative research. At Oxford, and I am sure this will be the case at MSU, my colleagues are increasingly looking to sociology for some of the most promising researchers focused on society and the Internet.

My thanks to CITASA for helping to raise the stature of social research on communication and information technology, and for this wonderful recognition from the American Sociological Association.

Bill Dutton”

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Incoming Quello Director Receives Career Achievement Award


William Dutton, incoming Director of MSU’s Quello Center, has been named the 2014 winner of the William F. Ogburn Career Achievement Award, presented by the Communication and Information Technologies section of the American Sociological Association (CITASA).

The award recognizes a sustained body of research that has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of knowledge in the area of sociology of communications or the sociology of information technology. It is named for the late William F. Ogburn, former president of the American Sociological Association (ASA).

Dutton will begin his new position as Director of the Quello Center in August, along with his appointment as Quello Chair of Media and Information Policy. The Quello Center, located in the Department of Media and Information, was established in 1998 to be a worldwide focal point for excellence in research, teaching and the development and application of telecommunication management and policy.

Dutton comes to MSU from the University of Oxford, where he is Professor of Internet Studies. He also is a Professorial Fellow of Balliol College and is the Founding Director of the Oxford Internet Institute (OII), a position he held from 2002 to 2011.

“Bill’s work over several decades has greatly expanded our understanding of Internet use and the effects of this use on society,” said Shelia Cotten, Professor in MSU’s Department of Media and Information, who chaired the William F. Ogburn Career Achievement Award selection committee. “His founding of the Oxford Internet Institute and his leadership as Director for almost a decade, in addition to his numerous research accomplishments, made him a unanimous choice for this award.”

Dutton has received numerous grants for his research and is widely published. His research interests include Internet and society, digital divides, digital choice, the Fifth Estate, network society, politics and the Internet, collaborative network organizations, research-centered computational networks and digital research.

He is the Principal Investigator of the Oxford Internet Surveys (OxIS), an authoritative resource on the use and impact of the Internet in Britain and one component of the World Internet Project, an international collaboration comprising more than 20 nations. He also is a Co-Principal of Oxford’s Global Cyber Security Capacity Center, supported by the United Kingdom’s Foreign Office, and was the Principal Investigator of the Oxford e-Social Science Project (OeSS), supported by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council.

Dutton will be honored with a plaque at the CITASA annual meeting Aug. 16-19 in San Francisco.

Besides Cotten, who was the 2013 recipient of the CITASA Award for Public Sociology, the other members of the award selection committee included Judy Wajcman, Anthony Giddens Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and Hiroshi Ono, Associate Professor of Sociology at Texas A&M University.

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Johannes Bauer Receives 2013 Distinguished Faculty Award at MSU


bauer-j-chair_entryMSU has named Professor Johannes Bauer as the recipient of a Distinguished Faculty Award. Johannes has helped direct the Quello Center and is one of its major researchers. Professor Bauer has gained a reputation as one of the world’s leading scholars in the area of telecommunications policy, with a remarkable record of global engagement, sustained productivity and grant funding. Bauer’s research on the governance of complex network infrastructures has informed policy makers and scholars throughout the world. He has applied economic theory to analyze how malware evolves, which has led to new Internet security approaches, while concurrently developing a distinct theoretical framework for telecommunications policy that is synchronized with his empirical work. Bauer’s unique and informed blending of economic theory, policy analysis and international comparative studies has led to his being sought out for his advice and counsel by the world’s foremost international telecommunications policy institutions, including the Federal Communications Commission in the United States and the United Nations International Telecommunications Union in Geneva. He has been described by a noted law and policy scholar from Harvard as “one of the most distinctive and influential scholars in telecommunications policy in the world today.”

Bauer’s publications, which number more than 100, have appeared in leading journals in his field, including “Telecommunications Policy,” “Information Economics and Policy” and “Communications and Strategies.” Bauer is chairman of the board of directors for the annual TPRC Research Conference on Communication, Information and Internet Policy, the premiere scholarly meeting for his field, and serves on the board of directors for the International Telecommunications Society.

Bauer is widely regarded as an enthusiastic and engaging teacher who encourages active debate in the classroom. An assignment in his graduate communications policy class a few years ago required his students to prepare entries for Wikipedia on communications policy issues as part of a multi-university initiative sponsored by the WikiMedia Foundation. His class was ranked as the strongest in the country in terms of its contributions. An exceptional mentor who always puts students’ needs ahead of his own, Bauer has guided numerous Ph.D. students to successful academic careers in both the United States and abroad. His undergraduate students are equally enthusiastic about his classes, acknowledging him as a brilliant and innovator teacher, whose classes are always enjoyable.

To read about the other winners, visit MSU Today’s article.

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Professors Wietske Van Osch and Constantinos K. Cousaris Receive Best Paper Award at the 2012 International Conference on Information Systems!


Professors Wietske Van Osch and Constantinos K. Cousaris Receive Best Paper Award at the 2012 International Conference on Information Systems!

Wietske_ConstantinosThe International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) is the major annual meeting of the Association for Information Systems (AIS), which has over 4,000 members representing universities in over 95 countries worldwide. It is the most prestigious gathering of academics and practitioners in the IS discipline. Each year, over 1,000 Information Systems academic professions participate in the conference program – the theme this year being Digital Innovation and the Service Economy – and two of our very own Department faculty received Top Paper and honorable mentions for the Doctoral Dissertation Award!

Wietske Van Osch and Constantinos K. Coursaris co-authored the paper, “The Duality of Social Media: Structuration and Socialization through Organizational Communicative Action”. Drawing on Habermas’ theory of communicative action, this conceptual paper proposes the Organizational Social Media Lifeworld (OSML) as a useful model for disentangling the complex use of social media in organizations and its enabling role for organizational communication. Based on the OSML model, authors show how social media are intrinsic to each of these four elements—actors, action, entity and culture—and how it enables the two overarching organizational processes of structuration and socialization.

Read the full abstract and download the paper in the SIGHCI 2012 Proceedings:

Wietske van Osch’s current research interests lie in online communities, social media, sociomateriality and affordances. Contantinos K. Coursaris’ current research interests lie in the intersection of usability and mobile devices for the purpose of health and/or commercial applications.

Wietske also received the First Runner-Up Doctoral Dissertation Award on the topic of Generative Collectives, better known as the structural, cognitive and technological dimensions of online communities that result in enhanced creativity and innovation. ICIS’s Chair of the awards committee described Wietske’s Dissertation as “unique, highly unusual, and a pleasure to read”. ICIS is the most prestigious gathering of academics in the Information Systems discipline. It is the “Grammy’s” of IS and is quite an honor is to be nominated.

See the announcement here:

Congratulations to our outstanding faculty for their research and work presented at ICIS 2012!

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