Professor John Naughton

Senior Research Fellow at Centre for Research in the Arts Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), University of Cambridge

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Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), University of Cambridge
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.

  • 11 March 2022, 5:30pm

    Democracy and Distrust after the Pandemic

    The 2022 Dr Seng Tee Lee Lecture will be delivered by Professor Shelia Jasanoff, Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies at Harvard Kennedy School

  • 11 June 2020, 9:30am

    CSaP Annual Conference Seminar Series 2020

    This year instead of holding a one-day annual conference in London, we will be delivering a series of virtual seminars in May and June on topics that CSaP and our network have worked on over the past year