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William Dutton

Professor, Director of the James and Mary Quello Center, Media and Information


Role of technology, policy, and regulation in society; information politics, how the internet shapes the arts and sciences

Current Research

The internet as the ‘Fifth Estate’ enabling new forms of democratic and social accountability

Selected Publications

  • Zorina, A., and Dutton, W. H. (2014), ‘Building Broadband Infrastructure from the Grassroots: the Case of Home LANs in Belarus’, Journal of Community Informatics, special issue on 'The First Mile of Broadband Connectivity in Communities', Vol 10, No. 2:

  • Dutton, W. H. (2014), ‘Putting Things to Work: Social and Policy Challenges for the Internet of Things’, Info, Vol. 16 Iss: 3, pp. 1-21.

  • Dutton, W. H. (2013), ‘The Fifth Estate: The Internet’s Gift to Democratic Governance’, InterMEDIA, Volume 41, October, pp. 20-24.

Government Focus

International, National

Public Service

Member, Academic Advisory Board of the Internet and Society Research Institute (Berlin)
JISC Advisory Council for Sustainability of Digital Resources
Member, Innovation Committee, Advisory Committee for NHS Direct