Selected Responses to Jeremy Hunt’s Open Letter

I worked with several colleagues at the OII (Victoria Nash, Monica Bulger, and Alissa Cooper) to pen responses to Jeremy Hunt's Open Letter, requesting feedback of relevance to the new communications bill. They were submitted under my name as director of the OII, but also as a Co-Principal Investigator of the ESRC Seminar Series, entitled … Continue reading Selected Responses to Jeremy Hunt’s Open Letter

Creating an Information Sharing Environment in the Public Sector: Talk on 8 April 2011

This was an important talk about information sharing in the public sector, given by one of the key people seeking to create an information sharing environment for the US government.  It was entitled: 'The Need for Achieving Appropriate Information Sharing and Information Protection' I was held on Friday, 8 April 2011 at 16.00-17.30 at the … Continue reading Creating an Information Sharing Environment in the Public Sector: Talk on 8 April 2011

Digital Wales: A Segue into Wide-ranging Discussions of Policy Issues

The launch seminar of our ESRC Seminar Series, ‘Digital Policy: Connectivity, Creativity and Rights’, was held Friday, 1 April 2011. This first seminar was held at the Centre City Campus of the University of Wales in Newport and hosted by the School of Art, Media and Design. Professor Gillian Young, recently appointed at the University … Continue reading Digital Wales: A Segue into Wide-ranging Discussions of Policy Issues

UNESCO Publication on Freedom of Connection – Book Launched and Accessible in Print and Online

Our manuscript has been published by UNESCO in a print edition, also available online.  The citation is: William H. Dutton, Anna Dopatka, Michael Hills, Ginette Law, and Victoria Nash (2011), Freedom of Connection – Freedom of Expression: The Changing Legal and Regulatory Ecology Shaping the Internet. Paris: UNESCO, Division for Freedom of Expression, Democracy and … Continue reading UNESCO Publication on Freedom of Connection – Book Launched and Accessible in Print and Online

Networking Distributed Public Expertise: Strategies for Citizen Sourcing Advice to Government

My paper on 'Networking Distributed Public Expertise: Strategies for Citizen Sourcing Advice to Government' is one of a series of Occasional Papers in Science and Technology Policy, Science and Technology Policy Institute (TPI), Institute for Defense Analyses, Washington DC. I will post the abstract below and would welcome comments, directly or to this blog. Abstract … Continue reading Networking Distributed Public Expertise: Strategies for Citizen Sourcing Advice to Government

Public Diplomacy 2.0 – a new working paper

'Public Diplomacy 2.0: An Exploratory Case Study of the US Digital Outreach Team' is the title of a new OII working paper authored by Lina Khatib, Stanford University, myself, and Mike Thelwall , University of Wolverhampton. The abstract is below, but it the full working paper is available on SSRN at: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1734850 Abstract: The Internet … Continue reading Public Diplomacy 2.0 – a new working paper

WikiLeaks

The WikiLeaks story continues to develop in ways that promise to keep this on the agenda for some time. Here are two online panel discussions I participated in, one on the Guardian blog, and the other on Al Jazerra, which might be of interest to those following the debate: Tech weekly:  WikiLeaks, Anonymous and cyber … Continue reading WikiLeaks

The Next Step for Online Petitions in the UK

It is brilliant to see the UK government opening up the potential for greater use of the Internet in shaping policy agendas. Apparently, the coalition government plans to allow online petitions to raise issues that might be debated in parliament. This is a very responsible approach to enabling the public to express concerns and, in … Continue reading The Next Step for Online Petitions in the UK

Democracy in a Network Society: Recommendations from a Dagstuhl Perspectives Workshop

Democracy in a Network Society A Perspectives Workshop supported by Dagstuhl [27.09.09 - 02.10.09, Seminar 09402] Organized by: David Chaum (K.U. Leuven, BE) William H. Dutton (University of Oxford, GB) Miroslaw Kutylowski (Wroclaw University of Technology, PL) Tracy Westen (Center for Governmental Studies - Los Angeles, US) Summary The workshop was a meeting forum for … Continue reading Democracy in a Network Society: Recommendations from a Dagstuhl Perspectives Workshop

A Decade in Internet Time: Symposium on the Dynamics of the Internet and Society

A Decade in Internet Time: Symposium on the Dynamics of the Internet and Society University of Oxford 21-24 September 2011 Event: Symposium Location: OxfordUniversity of Oxford with sessions at the Social Sciences Manor Road Building, and Said Business School Organized by: Oxford Internet Institute and iCS (the journal Information, Communication and Society) Sponsors include: Routledge … Continue reading A Decade in Internet Time: Symposium on the Dynamics of the Internet and Society