William Dutton


Bill Dutton is an Oxford Martin Fellow, supporting the Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre of the Department of Computer Science, and a Senior Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute, at the University of Oxford. He is also a Visiting Professor in Media and Communication at the University of Leeds.

Until 2018, Bill was the Quello Professor of Media and Information Policy at Michigan State University, where he was Director of the Quello Center. Prior to that, he was the OII’s Founding Director (2002-11), a Fellow of Balliol College and the first Professor of Internet Studies at Oxford University (2002-2014). Before his appointment to Oxford in 2002, he was a Professor in the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California, where he continues as an Emeritus Professor. While at USC, Bill was a Fulbright Scholar 1986-87 at Brunel, UK, and was National Director of the UK’s Programme on Information and Communication Technologies (PICT) from 1993 to 1996, also at Brunel.

His recent publications on the social aspects of information and communication technologies include Society on the Line (Oxford University Press, 1999), Transforming Enterprise, co-edited (MIT Press, 2005), World Wide Research: Reshaping the Sciences and Humanities, co-edited with P. Jeffreys (MIT Press, 2011), the Oxford Handbook of Internet Studies (OUP, 2013), Society and the Internet, 2nd Edition, co-edited with Mark Graham (OUP 2019), and editor of A Research Agenda for Digital Politics (Elgar 2020 forthcoming). He is currently writing a book on the Fifth Estate. His service includes two terms as chair of the Advisory Committee for England of the UK’s Office of Communications (Ofcom), and participating on the NHS Direct Innovation Committee.