Professor William H. Dutton

 Professor William H. Dutton

William Dutton is Professor of Internet Studies at the OII. He is currently working on the potential for the emergence of a Fifth Estate enabled by the Internet, Collaborative Network Organizations, and the politics of next generation research.

Email: william.dutton@oii.ox.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)1865 287228

Profile

Professor William H. Dutton is Professor of Internet Studies, University of Oxford, and Fellow of Balliol College. Before coming to Oxford in 2002, he was a Professor in the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California, where he is now 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.

Professor Dutton is Principal Investigator of the Oxford e-Social Science Project (OeSS), supported by the Economic and Social Research Council, and Principal Investigator of the Oxford Internet Surveys (OxIS), a key resource on the use and impact of the Internet in Britain, that is one component of the World Internet Project, an international collaboration comprising over 20 nations. His conception of 'The Fifth Estate' of the Internet realm has created a new research project and a book in progress.

His recent publications on the social aspects of information and communication technologies include Society on the Line (Oxford University Press, 1999), and Transforming Enterprise, co-edited (MIT Press, 2005), and World Wide Research: Reshaping the Sciences and Humanities, co-edited with P. Jeffreys (MIT Press, 2011). He is currently editing a handbook on Internet Studies for Oxford University Press and a four volume series of readings on the Internet and Politics for Routledge.

His service includes chairing the Advisory Committee for England of the UK’s Office of Communications (Ofcom), and participating on the NHS Direct Innovation Committee.

He was Director of the OII from 2002 to 2011.

Research interests

Internet and society, digital divides, digital choice, the Fifth Estate, network society, politics and the Internet, collaborative network organizations, research-centred computational networks, e-research

Positions held at the OII

  • Professor of Internet Studies, July 2002 -
  • Director, July 2002 - September 2011

Research

Current projects

  • Oxford Digital Economy Collaboration Group (ODEC)

    August 2013 -

    ODEC aims to foster collaboration between researchers, businesses and public sector groups in the digital, Internet, and creative industries. It supports the projects and priorities of the newly established Connected Digital Economy Catapult (CDEC).

  • Global Centre for Cyber Security Capacity-Building

    April 2013 -

    This Oxford-based Centre aims become a leading global resource for understanding how to deliver effective cyber security; OII Fellows Bill Dutton and Ian Brown lead its work on security cultures and regulation.

  • The Global Internet Values Project: International Perspectives on Privacy, Security, Trust, and Freedom in a Networked World

    July 2010 -

    This research aims to identify patterns and trends in individual attitudes and behaviours related to online trust, privacy, security and freedom.

  • Me, My Spouse and the Internet: Meeting, Dating and Marriage in the Digital Age

    January 2008 -

    The project uses survey data from Australian and UK couples to look at the significance and impact of the Internet on intimate relationships, including how people use ICTs to meet each other and maintain relationships, and how ICTs affect their behaviour.

  • The Fifth Estate

    October 2007 -

    The Fifth Estate is a research project designed to examine critically the Internet's role in enabling new forms of democratic accountability and voice, comparable to the press of an earlier era.

  • Internet Governance

    October 2004 -

    A programme of seminars, forums and conferences informing our research on Internet governance.

  • OxIS: Oxford Internet Surveys

    January 2003 -

    Research on access, use and attitudes to the Internet in Britain based on biennial surveys covering (for example) digital and social inclusion and exclusion, social networking, safety and privacy concerns, Internet regulation, and behaviour.

  • WIP: World Internet Project

    January 2003 -

    The World Internet Project (WIP) carries out panel surveys in over twenty countries to help understand how individuals adopt and use the Internet and other technologies, as well as the resulting social, economic, political and everyday-life implications.

Past projects

  • ULab: European Laboratory for Modelling the Technical Research University of Tomorrow

    January 2011 - January 2013

    ULab will work as a University Laboratory, systematically reviewing, evaluating and experimenting with current practice in research, valorization, entrepreneurship and outreach activities in each of the five partner universities.

  • KNETWORKS: Dissemination and Networks of Knowledge in the Atlantic Area

    July 2010 - July 2012

    KNETWORKS aims to create a strong knowledge sharing and dissemination network in the Atlantic area to promote the exchange of good practices and implementation strategies for building and exploiting a 21st century knowledge and information society.

  • Media Literacy: Testing and refining criteria to assess media literacy levels in all EU Member States

    June 2010 - April 2011

    This project aims to develop and validate indicators of adult media literacy levels, in response to the Audiovisual Media Services Directive requiring that the European Commission report levels of Media Literacy in all EU Member States by December 2011.

  • Digitised Resources: A Usage and Impact Study

    June 2008 - April 2009

    This project combined quantitative and qualitative indicators to measure the impact of online scholarly resources and to develop a best practices toolkit that allows assessment of the impact of digitisation projects by researchers and funding bodies.

  • World Wide Web of Humanities

    April 2008 - March 2009

    Establishing a framework for e-Humanities research using available open source tools and technologies and archived web content to create novel research interfaces to the first of many, scholarly, e-Humanities web collections.

  • Networks for Web Science

    October 2007 - April 2009

    Establishing networks of researchers from different technical and social science research disciplines to begin to develop a Web Science research agenda through the exchange of PhD students and collaborative workshops.

  • Performance of distributed problem-solving networks

    August 2007 - February 2008

    Addressing the uncertainties that surround the coordination and performance of 'Distributed Problem Solving Networks' (DPSN), as well as the areas in which these new Internet-based forms offer advantages over more familiar modes of problem-solving.

  • Clinical and psychological characteristics of Internet gamblers: web-based survey

    July 2006 - December 2007

    Expanding our understanding of online gambling by undertaking a web-based survey of users of Internet gambling sites, covering areas such as demographic and occupational characteristics, psychological characteristics, and attitudes to risk.

  • OeSS: The Oxford e-Social Science Project

    October 2005 - March 2012

    The Oxford e-Social Science project aims to understand how e-Research projects negotiate various social, ethical, legal and organizational forces and constraints, in order to help researchers avoid these problems when building scientific collaborations.

  • The e-Horizons Institute

    October 2005 - April 2009

    The e-Horizons Institute researched the coming technological breakthroughs in e-science that will have cross-sector social and economic implications as they are taken up by business, government and other actors.

  • The World Wide Web of Science: emerging global sources of expertise

    April 2005 - March 2006

    The World Wide Web of Science project assesses whether, and to what extent, the Internet and the Web are transforming access to sources of scientific expertise, and whether these sources are becoming more concentrated or more diversified.

  • Breaking Barriers to e-Government

    December 2004 - December 2007

    Investigating the legal, organisational, technological and other barriers to expanding effective eGovernment services using the Internet and to define possible solutions at a European level to overcome such obstacles.

  • Civil society participation in the World Summit for the Information Society (WSIS)

    August 2004 - April 2006

    Achieving a deeper understanding of the nature, extent and potential of civil society groups' participation in the 2003 World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and ICT policy making by establishing a cross-sector academic / practitioner dialogue.

  • Internet and productivity in public services: innovative pathways for e-government

    August 2004 - January 2005

    Investigating indicators of productivity growth in public sector institutions across eight EU countries, including patterns and impacts of ICT use, organisational perspectives, and implications of the interaction of ICT usage and organisational processes.

  • EICN working group on child protection and mobile phones

    April 2004 - July 2005

    An OII-led working group to gather information and develop policy recommendations about the practices of mobile network operators in Europe in relation to child protection in the era of third-generation (3G) multimedia mobile phones.

  • Cybertrust: The tension between privacy and security in an e-society

    July 2002 - December 2006

    Perceptions of trust in online activities are significant factors influencing the kinds and extents of Internet use and interactions: this work draws on Oxford Internet Survey (OxIS) data to explore and refine key social determinants of cybertrust.

  • Digital Choices and the Reconfiguring of Access

    July 2002 - December 2007

    Research on how the use of the Internet in different, overlapping and interacting arenas is shaped by everyday and strategic choices about the design and use of the technology.

  • Spam email: a qualitative study

    January 2000 - October 2004

    A qualitative study of how individuals view and manage unwanted email, particularly spam, based on semi-structured interviews of users.

Publications

Articles

Books

Chapters

  • Dutton, W.H. (forthcoming) The Fifth Estate: Democratic Social Accountability through the Emerging Network of Networks. In: P.G.Nixon et al. (eds) Challenges to E-Government in Europe.
  • Blank, G. and Dutton, W.H. (2014) Next Generation Users: Changing access to the Internet. In Stine Lomborg and Anja Bechmann (eds) The Ubiquitous Internet. Routledge.
  • Blank, G. and Dutton, W.H. (2014) Next Generation Internet Users: Digital divides, choices, and inequalities. In Mark Graham and William H. Dutton (eds) Society and the Internet: How information and social networks are changing our lives. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Newman, N., Dutton, W.H. and Blank, G. (2014) Social media and the news. In Mark Graham and William H. Dutton (eds) Society and the Internet: How information and social networks are changing our lives. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Dutton, W. H. (2013) The Internet and Democratic Accountability: The Rise of the Fifth Estate. In Lee, F.L.F., Leung, L., Qui, J. L., and Chu, D.S.C. (eds) Frontiers in New Media Research. Abingdon: Informa, Taylor and Francis/Routledge, pp. 39-55.
  • Dutton, W. H. (2013) Lend Me Your Expertise: Citizen Sourcing Advice to Government. In Desouza, K., and Johnston, E. W. (eds) Policy Informatics Handbook. Cambridge: MIT Press.
  • Huan, S., Dutton, W. H., and Shen, W. (2013) The Semi-Sovereign Netizen: The Fifth Estate in China. In Nixon, P., Rawal, R., and Mercea, D. (eds) Politics and the Internet in Comparative Context. London: Routledge.
  • Blank, G. and Dutton, W.H. (2013) Next Generation Internet Users: Digital divides, choices, and inequalities. In M. Graham and W.H. Dutton (eds) Society and the Internet: How information and social networks are changing our lives. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Newman, N., Dutton, W.H. and Blank, G. (2013) Social media and the news. In M. Graham and W.H. Dutton (eds) Society and the Internet: How information and social networks are changing our lives. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Dutton, W.H., and Dubois, E. (2013) The Fifth Estate of the Digital World. In G. Youngs (ed.) Digital World: Connectivity, Creativity and Rights. London: Routledge, pp. 131-143.
  • Dutton, W. H. (2012) The Fifth Estate: A New Governance Challenge. In Levi-Faur, D. (ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Governance. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 584-98.
  • Dutton, W. H. (2012) The Internet and Democratic Accountability: The Rise of the Fifth Estate. In F.L.F.Lee, L.Leung, J.L.Qui, and D.S.C.Chu (eds) Frontiers in New Media Research. Abingdon: Informa, Taylor and Francis / Routledge.
  • Blank, G. and Dutton, W.H. (2012) The Emergence of Next Generation Internet Users. In J.Hartley, J.Burgess and A.Bruns (eds) The Blackwell Companion to New Media Dynamics. London: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Dutton, W. H., Schneider, V., and Vedel, T. (2012) Large Technical Systems as Ecologies of Games: Cases from Telecommunications to the Internet. In Bauer, J. M., et al. (eds) Innovation Policy and Governance in High-Tech Industries. Berlin: Springer-Verlag, pp. 49-75.
  • Lloyd, J., Doll, H., Hawton, K., Dutton, W. H., Geddes, J., Goodwin, G. M., and Rogers, R. D. (2012) Investigating the Heterogeneity of Problem-Gambling Symptoms in Internet Gamblers. In Williams, R. J., Wood, R. T., and Parke, J. (eds) Routledge International Handbook of Internet Gambling. London and New York: Routledge, pp. 212-226.
  • Dutton, W.H. and Piper, T. (2010) The Politics of Privacy, Confidentiality and Ethics: Opening Research Methods. In: W.H.Dutton and P.Jeffreys (eds) World Wide Research: Reshaping the Sciences and Humanities. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.
  • Dutton, W.H. and Meyer, E. (2010) Enabling or Mediating the Social Sciences: Opportunities and Risks of Bottom-Up Innovation. In: W.H.Dutton and P.Jeffreys (eds) World Wide Research: Reshaping the Sciences and Humanities. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.
  • Dutton, W.H. (2010) Reconfiguring Access in Research: Information, Expertise and Experience. In: W.H.Dutton and P.Jeffreys (eds) World Wide Research: Reshaping the Sciences and Humanities. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.
  • Schroeder, R., den Besten, M. and David, P. (2010) Open Science and e-Science. In: W.H.Dutton and P.Jeffreys (eds) World Wide Research: Reshaping the Sciences and Humanities. Cambridge: MIT Press, pp. 299-316.
  • Schroeder, R. and Fry, J. (2010) Disciplinary Differences in e-Research. In: W.H.Dutton and P.Jeffreys (eds) World Wide Research: Reshaping the Sciences and Humanities. Cambridge: MIT Press, pp. 257-271.
  • Dutton, W.H. (2008) Social Movements Shaping the Internet: The Outcome of an Ecology of Games. Chapter 19. In: M.Elliott and K.L.Kraemer (eds) Computerization Movements and Technology Diffusion: From Mainframes to Ubiquitous Computing. Medford, NJ: Information Today, Inc., pp. 499-517.
  • Dutton, W.H. and Peltu, M. (2008) The New Politics of the Internet: Multi-stakeholder Policy-making and the Internet Technocracy. In: A.Chadwick and P.N.Howard (eds) Routledge Handbook of Internet Politics. London: Routledge, pp. 384-400.
  • Rice, R.E., Shepherd, A., Dutton, W.H. and Katz, J.E. (2007) Social interaction and the Internet: A comparative analysis of surveys in the US and Britain. In: A.N.Joinson, K.Y.A.McKenna, T.Postmes and U.-D.Reips (eds) Oxford Handbook of Internet Psychology. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 7-30.
  • Dutton, W.H., Shepherd, A. and di Gennaro, C. (2007) Digital Divides and Choices Reconfiguring Access. National and cross-national patterns of Internet diffusion and use. In: B.Anderson, M.Brynin, J.Gershuny and Y.Raban (eds) Information and Communication Technologies in Society. E-Living in a digital Europe. London: Routledge, pp. 31-45.
  • Dutton, W.H. and Shepherd, A. (2005) Confidence and Risk on the Internet. In: R.Mansell and B.S.Collins (eds) Trust and Crime in Information Societies. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, pp. 207-244.
  • Dutton, W.H. (2005) Foreword. In: R.Kling, H.Rosenbaum and S.Sawyer (eds) Understanding and Communicating Social Informatics. Medford, NJ: Information Today, Inc.
  • Dutton, W.H. (2005) Afterword. In: S.de Freitas and C.Yapp (eds) Personalizing Learning in the 21st Century. Stafford, UK: Network Education Press, pp. 113-115.
  • Dutton, W.H. (2004) Continuity or Transformation? Social and Technical Perspectives on Information and Communication Technologies. In: W.H.Dutton, B.Kahin, R.O'Callaghan and A.W.Wyckoff (eds) Transforming Enterprise. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, pp. 13-24.
  • Dutton, W.H. (2004) The Internet and Social Transformation: Reconfiguring Access. In: W.H.Dutton, B.Kahin, R.O'Callaghan and A.W.Wyckoff (eds) Transforming Enterprise. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, pp. 375-397.
  • Dutton, W.H. (2004) Out of the Dot-com Bubble: A New Opportunity for Internet Research. In: M.Consalvo, N.Baym, J.Hunsinger, K.B.Jensen, J.Logie, M.Murero and L.R.Shade (eds) Internet Research Annual, 2000-2002 (Vol. I). New York, Oxford: Peter Lang, pp. 46-54.
  • Dutton, W.H. (2003) Information Society. In: D.H.Johnston (ed.) Encyclopedia of International Media and Communications (Vol. 2). London: Academic Press, pp. 407-418.
  • Dutton, W.H. (2003) The Internet and Society. In: C.E.Barfield, G.Heiduk and P.J.J.Welfens (eds) Internet, Economic Growth and Globalization: Perspectives on the New Economy in Europe, Japan and the US. London: Springer, pp. 311-322.
  • Dutton, W.H. and Nainoa, F. (2003) The Social Dynamics of Wireless on September 11: Reconfiguring Access. In: A.M.Noll (ed.) Crisis Communications: Lessons from September 11. New York, Oxford: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., pp. 69-81.
  • Dutton, W.H. and Lin, W.-Y. (2002) E-Democracy: A Case Study of Web-Orchestrated Cyberadvocacy. In: J.Armitage and J.Roberts (eds) Living with CyberSpace: Technology and Society in the 21st Century. London: The Athlone Press.

Conference papers

Presentations

Reports

Working papers

Teaching

Courses taught at the OII

DPhil students supervised at the OII

Current students

  • Nesrine Abdel-Sattar

    Attention to News Online: Newsroom Conceptions and User Realities in the Arabic World

  • Michael Hills

    Young People and Participation in a Cultural Public Sphere: Examining Internet Literacies in the Classroom as the Building Blocks for Engaged Citizenship

Completed students

  • Christine Madsen

    Communities, innovation, and critical mass: understanding the impact of digitization on scholarship in the humanities through the case of Tibetan and Himalayan studies

Webcasts

  • The Future of Research Libraries in teh 21st Century: Interview with Dame Lynne Brindley

    The Future of Research Libraries in teh 21st Century: Interview with Dame Lynne Brindley

    Recorded on: 25 April 2013 Duration: 00:05:22

    Bill Dutton interviews the former CEO of the British Library before her talk at the OII on the future of research libraries in the 21st Century.

  • Open Journal Publishing: Interview with Professor Dieter Stein

    Open Journal Publishing: Interview with Professor Dieter Stein

    Recorded on: 28 February 2013 Duration: 00:06:29

    Bill Dutton interviews Professor Dieter Stein, based at Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf, before his talk at the OII on open access journal publishing.

  • "A Decade in Internet Time", Open Plenary Session. Part 1: William Dutton

    Recorded on: 22 September 2011 Duration: 00:06:47

    Professor William Dutton introduces the plenary session "A Decade in Internet Time" to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Oxford Internet Institute.

  • Society and the Internet Series. 3: The Fifth Estate of the Internet Realm

    Society and the Internet Series. 3: The Fifth Estate of the Internet Realm

    Recorded on: 26 October 2010 Duration: 00:02:59

    Professor William Dutton discusses the main themes of his lecture in the OII's "Society and the Internet" lecture series. How does the Internet create a space for new forms of social accountability? Is it enabling a 'Fifth Estate'?

  • Relationships and the Internet (Public Panel)

    Relationships and the Internet (Public Panel)

    Recorded on: 4 December 2009 Duration: 01:22:22

    This forum looks at the state of the art of academic research on relationships and the Internet and how this research informs research on the social aspects of the Internet in general, such as issues of trust and identity.

  • After the digital switchover ...

    After the digital switchover ...

    Recorded on: 26 November 2009 Duration: 01:28:14

    At the launch of the International Journal of Digital Television, the speakers ask: After digital switchover will we still have television as such? Will it still need special regulation? Will we have gained or lost, socially and culturally?

  • Studying at the Oxford Internet Institute

    Studying at the Oxford Internet Institute

    Recorded on: 27 October 2008 Duration: 00:09:13

    Thinking about applying for our DPhil or MSc courses? Want to know more about what it's like to study at the OII? In this ten minute video, faculty and students talk about the OII's DPhil and MSc programmes.

  • Social Networking Conference. Session 1: Online Social Networks

    Social Networking Conference. Session 1: Online Social Networks

    Recorded on: 7 April 2008 Duration: 01:25:35

    A discussion of online social networks, covering online Social networks: 'Social Networks: Reconfiguring Access to People', 'Cyber tribes and information warfare' and 'Youth Work and Social Networking'.

  • Social Networking Conference. Session 2: Intimate Relationships and Online Social Networks

    Social Networking Conference. Session 2: Intimate Relationships and Online Social Networks

    Recorded on: 7 April 2008 Duration: 00:38:11

    A discussion of intimate relationships and online social networks, covering intimate relationships and online social networks: 'Netiquette within Married Couples' and 'Stalking 2.0. Social Networking and Privacy: Incompatible Ideas?'.

  • Social Networking Conference. Session 3: Businesses and Online Social Networks

    Social Networking Conference. Session 3: Businesses and Online Social Networks

    Recorded on: 7 April 2008 Duration: 01:06:40

    A discussion of businesses and online social networks, covering businesses and online social networks: 'Social networking and business practice: telecoms industry case study' and 'Social software in a hard world' and 'Wikipedia'.

  • Through the Network (of Networks): The Fifth Estate

    Through the Network (of Networks): The Fifth Estate

    Recorded on: 15 October 2007 Duration: 00:48:27

    The Internet and web are creating a new space for networking people, information and other resources: this has the potential to become an important 'fifth estate' to support greater accountability in politics, the media and other institutional arenas.

  • Trust in the Internet as an Experience Technology

    Trust in the Internet as an Experience Technology

    Recorded on: 6 November 2006 Duration: 00:51:50

    Bill Dutton summarizes and discusses his paper 'Trust in the Internet as an experience technology' published in the journal Information, Communication and Society (iCS 9:433-451).

  • Learning from Experience in eGovernment: Concluding comments

    Learning from Experience in eGovernment: Concluding comments

    Recorded on: 26 June 2006 Duration: 00:45:08

    Concluding comments from the 'Breaking Barriers to e-Goverment' project workshop: 'Breaking Barriers to eGovernment: Overcoming Obstacles to improving European Public Services'.

  • Information, Communication and New Media Studies: Networking a Multidisciplinary Field

    Information, Communication and New Media Studies: Networking a Multidisciplinary Field

    Recorded on: 3 February 2006 Duration: 01:00:07

    Identifying the most promising approaches for connecting multidisciplinary research efforts focused on the growing social importance of ICTs in structuring diverse aspects of public life.

  • Information, Communication and New Media Studies: Good for What?

    Information, Communication and New Media Studies: Good for What?

    Recorded on: 2 February 2006 Duration: 01:40:01

    What do constituencies outside the research field expect from information, communication and media studies? Can it meet these expectations? Under what conditions? Perspectives are provided on the intersection between research and more applied agendas.

  • CyberSafety Conference: Close / Ways Forward

    CyberSafety Conference: Close / Ways Forward

    Recorded on: 9 September 2005 Duration: 01:34:10

    Closing notes from the 2005 Cybersafety Conference focusing on the complex web of issues, assumptions and trade-offs involved in improving online safety and security at a personal, national and international level.

  • CyberSafety Conference: Introductions

    CyberSafety Conference: Introductions

    Recorded on: 9 September 2005 Duration: 00:27:03

    Introductions to the 2005 Cybersafety Conference, focusing on the complex web of issues, assumptions and trade-offs involved in improving online safety and security at a personal, national and international level.

News

  • Society and the Internet: New book edited by Mark Graham and William H. Dutton

    29 May 2014 Oxford Internet Institute

    How is society being shaped by the diffusion and increasing centrality of the Internet in everyday life and work? This volume introduces students to a core set of readings that address this question in specific social and institutional contexts.

  • Can IT Industry be China's New Growth Point

    4 December 2013 China Radio International

    Bill Dutton is interviewed by Shanming Qian of China Radio along with Professor Liu Baocheng of Beijing University about the information economy and China.

  • Tech-savvy expats embrace flexible working

    29 October 2013 The Telegraph

    The finding in the recent Oxford Internet Surveys that many people use the Internet with reluctance is mentioned in an article about the way that expats organise their working lives.

  • Most UK citizens do not find internet enthusiastic: Study

    4 October 2013 The Times of India

    The Times of India reports on the finding of the OxIS 2103 that many UK citizens use the Internet with reluctance.

  • Over half of British internet users go online 'without enthusiasm'

    2 October 2013 Phys Org

    A report of the OxIS 2013 findings that nearly half of the people who go online do so with a lack of enthusiasm

  • Britain's reluctant internet revolutionaries

    1 October 2013 The Daily Telegraph

    The 2013 Oxford Internet Surveys have charted the speed in which the digital revolutions is transforming life in Britain but it also reveals that almost four out of 10 people use it with reluctance.

  • One in seven admit they hate the internet and fear it is 'taking control of our lives'... but more of us are going online Read more: Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

    1 October 2013 Daily Mail

    Report of the finding of OxIS 2013 that many users of the Internet do so reluctantly.

  • Last Word

    5 July 2013 BBC R4

    Bill Dutton pays tribute to ‘gentle, self-effacing’ Doug Engelbart, who died on 3 July. He was a visionary thinker who foresaw the potential of computers to connect the world long before others. He also famously invented the computer mouse.

  • OII Professor William Dutton Wins Frederick Williams Prize, in Recognition of his Outstanding Contributions to the Study of Communication Technology

    24 June 2013 Oxford Internet Institute

    William Dutton was awarded the Frederick Williams Prize at the 2013 ICA conference in recognition of his outstanding contributions to knowledge concerning the social uses and impacts of new communication technologies.

  • 'The Oxford Handbook of Internet Studies': New Book from the Oxford Internet Institute (Ed. William Dutton)

    12 February 2013 Oxford Internet Institute

    The Oxford Handbook of Internet Studies has been designed to provide a valuable resource for academics and students, bringing together leading scholarly perspectives on how the Internet has been studied, and the future research agenda.

  • UM seminar on Social media and the Internet. William Dutton: 'Fifth Estate' challenging institutional authority

    11 December 2012 Macau Daily Times

    After Bill Dutton delivered a lecture to the University of Macao on the rise of the Internet, the Macau Daily Times interviewed him about the likely impact of the 'Fifth Estate' phenomenon now and in the future.

  • NYT's little problem in big China

    26 October 2012 The Guardian

    When the New York Times accused the family of Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao of accumulating massive wealth the authorities closed down the Chinese language site.  However Bill Dutton says it is more a symbolic reaction than a political stance.

  • Rural Chinese get online as mobile overtakes desktop

    19 July 2012 BBC News

    Mobile phones are now the most common way for people in China to connect with the Internet. These findings are consistent with the trend noted in other parts of the world says Bill Dutton. "We're moving to what we call next-generation users."

  • Give an Hour: Revealing the habits of new web users

    2 July 2012 BBC News

    Since October 2011, 350,000 new users have been encouraged online through the Give an Hour campaign. Bill Dutton talks about what people are looking for on the Internet and how younger and older people share some common online interests.

  • Top US universities put their reputations online

    20 June 2012 BBC Business News

    Elite US universities are launching ambitious online learning projects with the aim of "revolutionising education around the world". Bill Dutton comments on how the initiatives raise challenges for other educational institutions.

  • Anti-piracy efforts divide web users

    20 January 2012 BBC News

    Bill Dutton analyses the events of a week in which parts of the web voluntary went off-line, Megaupload was shut down by the Department of Justice, and 'hacktivists' attacked US government and other websites.

  • Brave new world

    1 December 2011 ESRC

    In the ESRC's annual magazine, Bill Dutton talks about the legacy of Alan Turing. Turing was a visionary and early inventor of computing, which led to the empowering of new forms of knowledge. Key to this is the concept of the Fifth Estate, Dutton says.

  • How to lift the digital age barrier

    30 November 2011 The Guardian

    According to figures from the OII's Oxford Internet Surveys (OxIS), Internet use among people aged 65 and over sits at only about 30% and has not changed much since 2005, despite campaigns to get more older people connected.

  • Screen test for the online classroom

    23 November 2011 BBC News

    The screen is an important part of the lives of students and young people, and technology is allowing online teaching services to move mainstream. Bill Dutton talks about the future of learning in an increasingly online world.

  • Prof. Dutton: ''Next Generation Internet Users'' w sieci szukają głównie rozrywki i multimediów Więcej

    24 October 2011 Gazeta Wyborcza

    William Dutton discusses findings from the 2011 Oxford Internet Survey (OxIS) at the 2011 World Internet Project (WIP) meeting in Poland.

  • Pioneering Internet Institute marks 10th anniversary

    20 October 2011 Oxford Mail

    Outgoing OII Director Bill Dutton is interviewed on the occasion of OII's 10th anniversary: "The internet has exceeded what anybody could have imagined. It is not just changing how we know what we know, but what we know and even who we know."

  • Study finds half of web users go online via mobile devices

    19 October 2011 Broadband Choice

    The characteristics of 'new generation users' of the Internet as revealed in the 2011 Oxford Internet Surveys are highlighted on the broadband website. They visit multiple locations, utilise several difference devices and contribute content.

  • Are you a Next Generation User of the Internet?

    17 October 2011 University of Oxford

    The OxIS 2011 survey shows that nearly half of Internet users in Britain are 'Next Generation Users', who routinely access the Internet on the move using portable devices - more than double the proportion in 2007.

  • The Internet in Britain, 2011: Topline Findings from the Oxford Internet Surveys (OxIS)

    17 October 2011 Oxford Internet Institute

    Topline findings from the Oxford Internet Surveys (OxIS) 2011 Report: "Next Generation Users: The Internet in Britain 2011", presenting data on British access, use and attitudes to the Internet 2003-2011.

  • A networked world needs a 'Fifth Estate'

    11 October 2011 Wired

    Bill Dutton on the 'Fifth Estate,' an independent forum analogous to the press, enabled by the web, comprising networked individuals: a new way to increase democratic accountability but also vulnerable to those who want to undermine it.

  • Wie das Internet das Liebesleben bereichert

    27 August 2011 Science.orf.at

    William Dutton is interviewed after his talk on "Meeting and Dating Online" given at the annual Austrian Institute of Technology Forum in Alpbach (in German).

  • The Birth of the 'Fifth Estate'

    5 August 2011 Spiegel Online

    In an interview with Der Spiegel to mark 20 years of the World Wide Web, Bill Dutton talks about how it helps communities organize and its emergence as a 'Fifth Estate,' helping to hold accountable both governments and media around the globe.

  • Spelling mistakes 'cost millions' in lost online sales

    13 July 2011 BBC News

    Poor spelling on websites can have adversely affect revenue according to an online entrepreneur. Bill Dutton comments that a tolerance of bad grammar on the informal Internet can translate into questions of trust on commercial sites.

  • Blogging Against Bribery

    6 June 2011 BBC Radio 4

    Interviewed for a programme on how the Internet is being used to combat bribery in India, Bill Dutton says that these initiatives are a fine example of the "Fifth Estate" of networked individuals creating new forms of democratic accountability.

  • Global Internet Culture Emerges

    28 April 2011 InformationWeek

    Internet users worldwide want privacy, security, trust, and freedom of expression, says a report from the Oxford Internet Institute, graduate business school Insead, and comScore.

  • Image of 'wild west' web makes for too many restrictions

    19 April 2011 Secure Computing

    Bill Dutton's challenge to the notion of an unfettered web is reported in the specialist journal for IT Security professionals.

  • Web creator's net neutrality fear

    19 April 2011 BBC News

    Bill Dutton warns of the risks in enshrining net neutrality in law, as part of an interview with Tim Berners-Lee conducted by Rory Cellan-Jones, the BBC Technology correspondent.

  • Web isn't the "Wild West" - it's already too regulated

    18 April 2011 PCPro

    "We cannot assume freedom of expression is an inevitable outcome of technology advances." Bill Dutton comments on regulation of the Internet to the W3C conference in Oxford, in advance of the launch of the UNESCO report on Freedom of Expression.

  • Democratic potential of the Fifth Estate

    21 June 2010 PerAda Magazine

    Bill Dutton sets out the background to the emergence of a 'Fifth Estate' where networked individuals use the power of the Internet to access information online and use it to better hold government and institutions to account.

  • Ofcom appoints nine new board members

    10 February 2009 mobile news

    Professor William Dutton, Director of the Oxford Internet Institute (OII) at Oxford University, is appointed as Chair of Ofcom's Advisory Committee for England and Member of the Advisory Committee for the South East region

  • Professor of Internet Studies appointed Chair of Ofcom Advisory Committee

    5 February 2009 University of Oxford

    Professor William Dutton, Director of the Oxford Internet Institute (OII) at Oxford University, is appointed as Chair of Ofcom's Advisory Committee for England and Member of the Advisory Committee for the South East region

  • Democracy on the line: The Fifth Estate?

    1 January 2009 Oxford Today

    In an in-depth article on the power of the Internet and its capacity to change lives, Bill Dutton describes how it has also enabled a "Fifth Estate" allowing for greater scrutiny and holding to account the government, the press and the establishment.

  • Director's Letter December 2008

    11 December 2008 Oxford Internet Institute

    The Director discusses the new MSc in Social Science of the Internet, the launch of the OII journal 'Policy and Internet', welcomes new students and visitors, and talks about the Oxford Internet Surveys (OxIS) and the OII Summer Doctoral Programme 2009

  • Director's Letter July 2008

    30 July 2008 Oxford Internet Institute

    The Director discusses recent news from the Oxford Internet Institute

  • Director's Letter February 2008

    20 February 2008 Oxford Internet Institute

    The Director discusses recent news from the Oxford Internet Institute

  • OII News: William Dutton's Inaugural Lecture (Webcast)

    17 October 2007 Oxford Internet Institute

    William Dutton: 'In my Inaugural Lecture on Monday at the University Examination Schools I discussed 'the Rise of a Fifth Estate in Internet Time and Space'. See the webcast, lecture text and photographs

  • The Fifth Estate - through the network of networks

    16 October 2007 University of Oxford

    The impact of the Internet as a new form of social accountability and why it should be defined as 'the Fifth Estate' is the subject of an inaugural lecture by William Dutton, the Professor of Internet Studies at Oxford University, on 15 October 2007

  • Director's Letter July 2007

    3 July 2007 Oxford Internet Institute

    The Director discusses recent news from the Oxford Internet Institute

  • New Virtual Research Seminar Series: Interdisciplinary Analysis of the Information Society

    22 January 2007 Oxford Internet Institute

    The OII has partnered with the Open University of Catalonia to offer a fully virtual doctoral seminar series over a period of six months. The collaboration will explore new teaching methods for the information age

  • Director's Letter December 2006

    1 December 2006 Oxford Internet Institute

    The Director discusses recent news from the Oxford Internet Institute

  • Director's Letter July 2006

    21 July 2006 Oxford Internet Institute

    The Director discusses recent news from the Oxford Internet Institute

  • Director's Letter November 2005

    22 November 2005 Oxford Internet Institute

    The Director announces the new DPhil programme, Oxford e-Social Science Project, and OII-Berkman collaborative partnership, and discusses the cybersafety conference (webcasts available) and other recent events, and news about faculty and visitors

  • Director's Letter June 2005

    15 June 2005 Oxford Internet Institute

    The Director discusses the appointment of Professor Jonathan Zittrain to the Chair in Internet Governance and Regulation, the completion of the second Oxford Internet Survey (OxIS), and a seminar series focusing on civil society participation in the WSIS

  • Director's Letter August 2004

    6 August 2004 Oxford Internet Institute

    The Director discusses the Summer Doctoral Programme (SDP), and other early OII activities such as participation in the European Internet Coregulation Network, launch of the Oxfrod Internet Surveys (OxIS), and the Cisco Visiting Professor of e-Democracy

  • Director appointed for the Oxford Internet Institute

    18 April 2002 Oxford Internet Institute

    Professor William Dutton is appointed as the first Director of the Oxford Internet Institute, also becoming the University of Oxford's first Professor of Internet Studies and a Fellow of Balliol College

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