William H. Dutton

William H. DuttonWilliam H. Dutton is the Quello Professor of Media and Information Policy at Michigan State University, where he is Director of the Quello Center in the College of Communication Arts & Sciences, Department of Media and Information. Prior to joining MSU, in 2014, Bill was Professor of Internet Studies, University of Oxford, and Fellow of Balliol College, where he was the Founding Director of the Oxford Internet Institute. He came to Oxford in 2002 from his role as 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.

Bill’s research is focused on the social and political implications of new communication and information technologies, such as the Internet, and the role of new policy and regulation that is reshaping technology and its societal implications. He has a particular focus of research on his conception of ‘The Fifth Estate’ of the Internet realm – an idea that has created a new research project and a book in progress. His recent publications on the social aspects of information and communication technologies include include Society and the Internet (OUP 2014)  and The Oxford Handbook of Internet Studies (OUP 2013, pbk 2014) and a four volume series of readings on Politics and the Internet for Routledge, published in 2014. One of his earlier books on the societal implications of new media and the Internet was Society on the Line: Information Politics in the Digital Age (Oxford University Press, 1999),

His curriculum vitae is available online at: cv-whd-AUG2014

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