Oxford University Professor Named Quello Chair

Posted on: April 22, 2014

William Dutton-wpWilliam H. Dutton, Professor of Internet Studies at the University of Oxford, has been selected to hold the Quello Chair and serve as Director of MSU's Quello Center. He will begin his new position in August 2014.

Dutton is a Professorial Fellow of Balliol College and is the Founding Director of Oxford's Internet Institute (OII), a position he held from 2002 to 2011.

Located in the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media at Michigan State University, the Quello Center was established in 1998 to be a worldwide focal point for excellence in research, teaching and the development and application of telecommunication management and policy.

"Communications policy faces important choices that will influence whether the Internet and other advanced technologies will truly be used to the benefit of society at large. The Quello Center was conceived as an independent source of critical analysis and I am looking forward to Bill's leadership in building a next-generation research program," said Johannes Bauer, Chair of the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media.

Professor Dutton has received numerous grants for his research and is widely published. His research interests include Internet and society, digital divides, digital choice, the Fifth Estate, network society, politics and the Internet, collaborative network organizations, research-centered computational networks and digital research.

He is the Principal Investigator of the Oxford Internet Surveys (OxIS), an authoritative resource on the use and impact of the Internet in Britain and one component of the World Internet Project, an international collaboration comprising more than 20 nations. He also is a Co-Principal of Oxford's Global Cyber Security Capacity Center, supported by the United Kingdom's Foreign Office, and was the Principal Investigator of the Oxford e-Social Science Project (OeSS), supported by the UK's Economic and Social Research Council.

Before joining the University of Oxford, Dutton was a Professor in the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California.

He also was National Director of the United Kingdom's pioneering Programme on Information and Communication Technologies (PICT) from 1993 to 1996 and served as Chair of the Advisory Committee for England of the UK's Office of Communications (Ofcom).

Dutton has received numerous honors, awards and fellowships for his work including the Lifetime Achievement Award as Founding Director of the Oxford Internet Institute; Inaugural CITI Fellow, Columbia Institute for Tele-Information, Columbia University; the first Fred Williams Award for Contributions to the Study of Communication Technology, Communication and Technology Division of the International Communication Association; Fellow of the British Computer Society; Oxford Martin Fellow, University of Oxford, and the award of an Oxford M.A. on his election to Balliol College.

He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo.

The Quello Center was founded to improve understanding of policy choices and management options affected by change in communication industries and to assist in the development of new alternatives.

"Given its strong foundations, MSU's Quello Center is well positioned to bring high-quality research to bear on issues pivotal to society, ranging from privacy and freedom of expression to the prosperity of the digital economy," Dutton said. "In the coming years, the wisdom of communication policy and regulation will be increasingly important to the vitality of our digital age, which is ever more dependent on the effective use of new communication and information infrastructures and services, such as the Internet and related social media and mobile applications.

"The challenge for the Quello Center is to put MSU in a leading role in stimulating and informing communication policy and practice. Meeting this challenge is what most excites me about joining the department and college, as well as the joy of coming home to the United States and the classroom to teach subjects like Internet Studies, and my work on the Fifth Estate, that have defined my contributions to the field."

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