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Provost Seminar Series Features Director of Oxford Internet Studies, April 7

March 9, 2006

The 2005-2006 Provost Seminar Series at Bentley continues on April 7 with a lecture by William H. Dutton, director of the Oxford Internet Institute and Professor of Internet Studies at the University of Oxford. The lecture will be held from 10:30-12:00 p.m. in LaCava Center room 325ABC, with a luncheon reception immediately following. Those interested in attending the April 7 event should RSVP to, 781.891.2471.

Dutton will discuss how the Internet and World Wide Web are opening fresh pathways for transforming the way we live, work, learn, and communicate. A strategic opening, redirecting, or closing of opportunities is central to the diverse and substantial social and economic implications of the Internet for people across the globe, he says.

During the seminar, Dutton will examine survey research on the use and impact of the Internet drawn from the Oxford Internet Survey (OxIS) and the World Internet Project (WIP) to track how the Internet might reconfigure access. This theme will be discussed in relation to digital divides, digital choices, and why it is important to see the Internet as an experience technology.

Bill Dutton is Director of the Oxford Internet Institute and Professor of Internet Studies at the University of Oxford, where he is also a Fellow of Balliol College. Until joining Oxford in July 2002, he was a Professor in the The Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California. In the UK, prior to directing the OII, Bill was a Fulbright Scholar (1986-87), and later National Director of the UK's successful Programme on Information and Communication Technologies (PICT) from 1993 to 1996. Among his recent publications are Society on the Line (Oxford University Press, 1999), a monograph for the World Summit on the Information Society, entitled Social Transformation in an Information Society: Rethinking Access to You and the World (Paris: UNESCO, 2004), and Transforming Enterprise, edited with Brian Kahin, Ramon O'Callaghan and Andrew Wyckoff (MIT Press, 2005).



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