William H. Dutton is the Quello Professor of Media and Information Policy at MSU, where he directs the Quello Center. Bill’s research is focused on Internet Studies, focusing on the social and political aspects of the Internet, such as in the development of his conception of ‘The Fifth Estate‘. Prior to arriving at MSU, Bill was the first Professor of Internet Studies at the University of Oxford, where he was the Founding Director of the Oxford Internet Institute (OII), and Fellow of Balliol College. Before coming to Oxford in 2002, he was a Professor in the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California, where he remains an Emeritus Professor. In the UK, he was a Fulbright Scholar 1986-87, and was National Director of the UK’s Programme on Information and Communication Technologies (PICT) from 1993 to 1996, before returning to Britain to direct the OII. At MSU, Bill’s Professorship is within the Department of Media and Information. Bill received a Lifetime Achievement Award for his role as Founding Director of the OII. He is also the recipient of the International Communication Association’s (ICA) first Fred Williams’ award for contributions to the study of communication and technology, the William F. Ogburn Lifetime Achievement Award from the Communication and Information Technologies Section of the American Sociological Association in 2014, and was named an ICA Fellow in 2015. Most recently, his article on cultures of the Internet (with Grant Blank) was selected for an Outstanding Author Contribution in the 2016 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence.
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