Professor of Information Policy
Forrest, E., & Duff, A. S. (2016). The ecology of the ePundit: surveying the new opinion-making landscape. First Monday, 21(4), doi:10.5210/fm.v21i4.6351. ISSN 1396-0466
This paper explores hybrid forms of contemporary political opinion-making online, which we name ePunditry. The ePundit utilizes Web 2.0 technologies and networks to distribute...
Duff, A. S. (2015). Cyber-Green: idealism in the information age. Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society, 13(2), (146-164). doi:10.1108/jices-10-2014-0049. ISSN 1477-996X
This paper retrieves relevant aspects of the work of idealist thinker T.H. Green in order to improve comprehension of, and policy responses to, various dilemmas facing...
Duff, A. S. (2015). Needing NoDI (normal democratic information)? The problem of information poverty in post-industrial society. Information, Communication and Society, 18(1), (63-77). doi:10.1080/1369118x.2014.934389. ISSN 1369-118X
The paper addresses one of the main paradoxes of post-industrial society: information poverty. While digital divides of various types have been extensively theorized and resea...
Arts & Humanities Research Council
InGSoc (Informing the Good Society: New Directions in Information Policy) is a three-year project, funded by an Arts and Humanities Research Council standard grant. The project, whose common thread is...
Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland
Dr Alistair Duff visited the Lippmann Papers (Walter Lippman’s personal archives and associated materials) at Yale University in autumn 2011.
Walter Lippmann (1889-1974), although not enjoying a cur...
Duff, A. (2011). The Rawls-Tawney theorem and the digital divide in postindustrial society. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology. 62, 604-612. doi:10.1002/asi.21470. ISSN 1532-2882
The digital divide continues to challenge political and academic circles worldwide. A range of policy solutions is briefly evaluated, from laissez-faire on the right to “arith...
Duff, A. (2010). The Holy Grail of a viable press. The Journal. 33
Opinion article analysing problems facing mass media in information age.
Duff, A. (2009). The age of access? Information policy and social progress. In S. Papathanassopoulos, & R. Negrine (Eds.), Communications Policy: Theories and Issues, 49-64. Palgrave Publishers
Duff, A. (2009). Daniel Bell's theory of the information society. In B. Smart (Ed.), Post-Industrial Society, 201-232. Sage
Daniel Bell is recognised to be the foremost writer on the information society. The paper expounds his writings in detail, showing their development from the 1960s to the 1990...
Duff, A. (2004). The sickness of an information society: R.H.Tawney and the post-industrial condition. Information, Communication and Society. 7, 403-422. doi:10.1080/1369118042000284632. ISSN 1369-118X
R. H. Tawney is frequently cited as one of the most distinguished social theorists of the twentieth century, and his position in the British school of ethical, democratic soci...
Duff, A. (2004). The past, present, and future of information policy: towards a normative theory of the information society. Information, Communication and Society. 7, 69-87. doi:10.1080/1369118042000208906. ISSN 1369-118X
The profile of information policy in academic and policy-making circles has been rising in recent decades, a function, presumably, of the expansion of an 'information society'...
Duff, A. (2015). Inspecting the bad society? Bentham’s panopticon revisited. The Asian Conference on Technology, Information & Society. , 13-25
In Panopticon; or, The Inspection-House (2008 ), the utilitarian philosopher Jeremy Bentham outlined what he perceived to be a model prison, based on ‘the inspection-pri...
Duff, A. (2003). Social welfare aspects of information with special reference to news. In P. Isaias, & A. Palma dos Reis (Eds.), Proceedings of the IADIS (International Association for Development of the Information Society) International Conference on e-Society, 773-776
The information society thesis, according to which economically advanced nations are undergoing transformation into post-industrial, information-based societies, can, with cav...
Duff, A. (2014). Key principles of the good information society. In Kommers, P. & Isaias, P. (Eds.). Proceedings of 13th IADIS International Conference on e-Society, 175-182. ISBN 978-989-8533-32-6
Duff, A. (2009). New media & information: convergences & divergences (CD Rom). In New Media & Information: Convergences & DivergencesISBN 9789606746055
SACI professor of information policy Alistair Duff was invited onto the afternoon panel at the annual Freedom of Information Conference run by Holyrood events. The other panellists were Alastair Brian...
6 December 2017
Staff and research students from the Centre for Social Informatics presented nine papers at Information: interactions and impact (i3) in June 2017.
26 June 2017
Core44, Room C44, Merchiston Campus
19 September 2017
24 May 2016