Enormous congratulations to Prof Mark Graham and Prof Bill Dutton on the publication of Society and the Internet: How Networks of Information and Communication are Changing Our Lives. I was honoured to have been invited to contribute a chapter to this new Internet Studies bible, in which I describe the Internet as the modern catch-all boogeyman. In fact (I argue) these accusations are unjustified.
Sunday July 20, 2014 @ 05:55 PM (UTC)
Monday June 30, 2014 @ 08:36 AM (UTC)
I’ve been fascinated by the public furore about the emotional contagion in Facebook research published this month in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. I’m an internet ethics junkie and, genuinely, am astonished by the response. Perhaps my reaction to this is because I’ve had the occasion to think and speak so much about this that I forget how little other people know about what’s actually going on to protect the individual when doing this kind of work inside the ivory tower.
Friday March 28, 2014 @ 09:23 AM (UTC)
Software is not the solution to social ills, yet “software solutions” are de facto implemented in policy and regulation without an accurate understanding of what’s actually offered. From Big Data to privacy to censorship, here are recommendations from The Personal (Computer) Is Political for policy makers and regulators, published by The Nominet Trust earlier this week.
Monday March 24, 2014 @ 01:09 PM (UTC)
Software is biased, so how can developers act in the best interest of their audience?
On Monday, The Nominet Trust published The Personal (Computer) Is Political, a provocation paper based my last three years research looking at philosophies and agendas built into in the software and web services we use every day. The report calls for consumers and creators to recognise that software is a cultural artefact – like film, television, architecture, comedy, food, art and design – and therefore it is part of the zeitgeist of its day. This includes the political, economic and social climate of where and when it was built.
Pre-order! Society and the Internet: How Networks of Information and Communication are Changing Our LivesWednesday February 12, 2014 @ 01:38 PM (UTC)
I was delighted to contribute a chapter to the forthcoming book, edited by Bill Dutton and Mark Graham from the Oxford Internet Institute, Society and the Internet: How Networks of Information and Communication are Changing Our Lives. It’s now available for pre-order!
Tuesday January 25, 2011 @ 10:21 AM (UTC)
It’s finally out there! The special issue of the International Journal of Internet Research Ethics about online communities that I guest edited (December 2010) is available for free, public access here.
Wednesday June 30, 2010 @ 03:24 PM (UTC)
For the next week, you can catch my appearance on last night’s BBC’s current affairs programme Newsnight with author Clay Shirky, debating the social implications of new technology. It was a great discussion that was overwhelmingly positive about the Web and what it offers, but there were a few sticking points where Clay and I disagreed. I’ll expand on the key one here.
Thursday May 27, 2010 @ 11:17 AM (UTC)
Only a very small fraction of a much longer interview I did with leading digital activist and author Cory Doctorow ended up in last week’s Observer Review. We talked about so many wonderful things, that I thought I’d post the other bits up here.
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