This is my personal blog on topics ranging from my academic research to issues of my field and just about any idea I think may be of interest to even a few readers. It goes without saying that my views are my own and do not necessarily represent those of any of the organisations with which I am or have been associated.
Since the summer of 2018, I have become an independent researcher, while continuing as an Emeritus Professor at the University of Southern California. I also support the OII as an OII Senior Fellow and as an Oxford Martin Fellow, I work with Oxford University’s Global Cyber Security Capacity Center (GCSCC) in the Department of Computer Science. I am also a Visiting Professor in the School of Media and Communication at the University of Leeds. You may contact me in Oxford at William.Dutton@gmail.com
From the autumn of 2014 until 2018, I was the Quello Professor of Media and Information Policy in the Department of Media and Information, which is in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University (MSU). While serving in this capacity, I was also Director of the Quello Center, a unit within the Department of Media and Information at MSU.
Prior to arriving at MSU, I was appointed in 2002 as the first Professor of Internet Studies at the University of Oxford where I was founding director of the Oxford Internet Institute, and a Fellow of Balliol College. I came to Oxford from the University of Southern California (USC), where I was a Professor in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism from 1980-2002, when I moved to Oxford.
Before USC, I had other wonderful colleagues during appointments at SUNY-Buffalo, University of South Florida in Tampa, UC Irvine, and San Diego State University.
My most recent books include Society and the Internet with Mark Graham (OUP 2014, 2019, 2nd edition), The Oxford Handbook of Internet Studies (OUP 2013), and four volumes on Politics and the Internet (Routledge 2014).
Currently, my focus is on a book for Elgar Publishing on An Agenda for Digital Research, and I am continuing to elaborate my concept of The Fifth Estate of the Internet Realm, an idea I coined in my inaugural lecture at Oxford in 2007. I am focusing on further development and explication of that concept for a book aimed at a broad audience of those seriously interested in the political implications of the Internet.
Before coming to MSU, I was engaged in a number of organizations tied to communication policy and practice, including several terms as Chair of the Advisory Committee for England of the UK Office of Communications (Ofcom). At MSU, I consulted for the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, and have worked with the World Economic Forum.
A reasonably current curriculm vitae is available here: cv-whd-April-2020