John Naughton

CRASSH (Cambridge)

John Naughton was elected a Fellow of the College in 1992 and is now an Emeritus Fellow; he served as Vice-President from 2011-2015. By background a systems engineer with a strong interest in the social impacts of networking technology, he has written a weekly column for the Observer since 1987. He has written extensively on technology and its role in society, is the author of a well-known history of the Internet – A Brief History of the Future (Phoenix, 2000) – and is currently working on changes in our information ecosystem brought about by technological change. His latest book - From Gutenberg to Zuckerberg: what you really need to know about the Internet - is published by Quercus Books. He was the Academic Advisor to the Arcadia Project at Cambridge University Library, which ran from 2008-2012 and investigated the role of the academic library in a digital age. He is currently a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) where (with Professor Richard Evans and Professor David Runciman) he is a Principal Investigator on the Leverhulme-funded research project on "Conspiracy and Democracy".


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John Naughton Digital economy, upstream suppliers and freedom of expression (Online markets and offline welfare effects: The Internet, competition, society and democracy - Oxford, 22 May 2017)


In the four decades of its existence, the internet has followed the life-cycle of earlier communications technologies in evolving from being open, generative and anarchic (or at any rate unregulated) to a network that has been largely captured by corporate interests. We are currently at the (...)

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