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John Naughton


Senior Research Fellow, CRASSH
Emeritus Professor of the Public Understanding of Technology, Open University
Director, Press Fellowship Programme, Wolfson College

John Naughton is a Senior Research Fellow at CRASSH, Emeritus Professor of the Public Understanding of Technology at the Open University, Director of the Press Fellowship Programme at Wolfson College and the technology columnist of The Observer.

By background a systems engineer, he is an historian of the Internet whose main research interests lie in the network's impact on society. At CRASSH, he is co-director (with Sir Richard Evans and Professor David Runciman) of a five-year research project on Conspiracy and Democracy, and he was co-director (with David Runciman) of a two-year research project on Technology and Democracy which has recently finished. 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). His most recent book, From Gutenberg to Zuckerberg: what you really need to know about the Internet, is published by Quercus.