Alistair Duff is professor of information policy in the School of Arts and Creative Industries. His special interests include: information society, network society, privacy, surveillance, access to information, FOI, digital divides, information inequality, social justice, societal impact of information technology, post-industrialism, future of media, copyright, population census, media policy, opinion journalism, and ePunditry. Authors of special interest include Daniel Bell, Walter Lippmann, Jurgen Habermas and R.H. Tawney.
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Duff has supplied commentary and interviews on a range of information/technology issues on platforms including Newsnight, Good Morning Scotland, Scotland Tonight, Reporting Scotland, The Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday, AllMediaScotland, The Independent, The Ferret, the Sunday Express, Radio Sputnik and The Atlantic.com.
Duff's most recent (May 2013- Feb 2017) major project was the Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded, Informing the Good Society (InGSoc): New Directions in Information Policy (www.informingthegoodsociety.com).
He was a 2006/7 visiting fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, and a 2001 summer-school lecturer at the University of Zurich.
He has served as external examiner for programmes at City University, Lincoln School of Journalism, and Nottingham Trent University.
Duff is currently module leader on several information modules, as well as a dissertation supervisor at honours, master's and doctoral levels.
Recent and forthcoming RESEARCH PUBLICATIONS include:
Research Handbook on Information Policy (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2021)
Privacy fundamentalism: an essay on social responsibility, Journal of Information Ethics (2020)
Computopia revisited: Yoneji Masuda's realistic utopianism, Keio Communication Review 42 [with Youichi Ito]
On political ePunditry, Journalism Studies (2018)
Walter Lippmann, in The Encyclopedia of Social Theory (Wiley, 2017)
Contra Bentham: ethical information policy in the PanopticEon, Journal of Information Ethics (2017)
The fellowship of the net, International Journal of Public Theology (2017)
Rating the revolution: Silicon Valley in normative perspective, Information, Communication and Society (2016)
Information society, in Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2nd ed. (Elsevier, 2015)
Cyber-Green: idealism in the information age, Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society (2015)
Needing NoDI (normal democratic information)? The problem of information poverty in post-industrial society, Information, Communication and Society (2015)
Information, in The Encyclopedia of Political Thought, vol. 4 (Wiley-Blackwell, 2014)
Pundit for post-industrial times? Walter Lippmann as an information society theorist, Information, Communication and Society (2013)
A Normative Theory of the Information Society (Routledge Research Monographs, 2012)
The Rawls-Tawney theorem and the digital divide in post-industrial society, Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (2011)
The age of access? Information policy and social progress, in R. Negrine, ed., Communications Policy: Theories and Issues (Palgrave, 2010)
Daniel Bell's theory of the information society, in B. Smart, ed., Post-Industrial Society, vol. 3 (Sage, 2010)