News (Information Society)

Building the Good Information Society-Keynote at euoria2016
Connected Things Among Us, euroia2016 conference, September 22-24, Amsterdam Professor Alistair Duff delivered the closing keynote address at euroia2016, Europe’s largest gathering of user experience and information architecture specialists.
30/09/2016 September 24 2016 Invited Presentation
Interface Profiles An Exemplar for University/SME Collobration
Interface, one of the leading supports for innovation ventures between universities and SMEs in Scotland, has showcased a collaboration between Bright Red Publishing and Edinburgh Napier University. Earlier this month, John MacPherson took part in a business-academic round table hosted by Interface...
19/06/2016 Media and Outreach Activity
Public Lecture on Privacy
Professor Alistair Duff gave a public lecture on privacy, Tuesday 24 May 2016, as part of Edinburgh Napier University's School of Arts and Creative Industries Degree Show Exhibition. Citing T. H. Green, Jeremy Bentham, the population census and other InGSoc work, the lecture examined theories and...
25/05/2016 24 May 2016 Exhibition
AHRC-Funded Paper Wins Award
Alistair Duff's Informing the Good Society Project paper “Cyber-Green: Idealism in the Information Age” published in the Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society 2015 Vol 13 2 has been selected by the journal’s editorial team as the Outstanding Paper in the 2016 Emerald Literati...
27/04/2016 April 26 2016 Award
Alistair Duff, professor of information policy, will give one of the keynote addresses at EuroIA 2016, Amsterdam, September 2016. This is a leading information architecture conference.
05/04/2016 22-24 September, Amsterdam Keynote Speaker
Scotland on Sunday Article
Professor Alistair Duff's op-ed article, Apple Wrong in its Refusal to Unlock Phone, was published 27 March in the print and online versions of Scotland on Sunday, one of the nation's leading titles. The piece quotes T. H. Green, a neglected liberal thinker from the nineteenth century and one of...
29/03/2016 27/03/2016 Media and Outreach Activity
Alistair Duff, professor of information policy, was phone-interviewed by Kaveh Waddell, a technology editor at The The discussion covered his AHRC-funded work on new directions in information policy, as well as his Carnegie-funded fieldwork in Silicon Valley.
26/02/2016 25 February 2016 Media and Outreach Activity
Professor Hazel Hall was recently interviewed by Stephen Jardine on BBC Radio Scotland on the theme of women in STEM. For further details please see the summary of the discussion on Professor Hall's blog at
13/10/2015 Media and Outreach Activity
Professor Hazel Hall joined a panel to debate the future of libraries in Edinburgh on Tuesday 9th June, the 125th anniversary of the opening of Edinburgh Central Library. The event was organised by Edinburgh Reads. Other members of the panel were: Philippa Cochrane, Head of Reader Development for...
12/06/2015 Invited Presentation
Values in the Information Society-Prof Steve Fuller Seminar
The sixth InGSoc-project public seminar, funded by the AHRC, took place on Friday 1 May 2015.Steve Fuller, Auguste Comte Professor of Social Epistemology at the University of Warwick, spoke at Edinburgh Napier University on 'The Place of Value in a World of Information'.
05/05/2015 1 May 2015 Seminar
Open Knowledge Scotland met at the Glassroom on Thursday 26th March, mixing short informative talks with networking. The talks, listed below, are described in this blog post. For more information about the Open knowledge Scotland, go to #OpenDataEDB or @okfnscotAlistair Lawson: forthcoming...
26/03/2015 Other News
Professor Alistair Duff presented a paper, 'Key Principles of the Good Information Society' at the 13th IADIS (International Society for Development of the Information Society) conference on e-Society, 14-16 March 2015, in Madeira, Portugal.
17/03/2015 14-16 March 2015 Other Event
Silicon Valley Article in The Scotsman
Professor Alistair's Duff article, "21st Century Pilgrim", based on Carnegie-funded fieldwork among the tech companies of California's Silicon Valley, has been published in the Weekend Life magazine supplement of The Scotsman, 14 March 2015.
17/03/2015 14 March 2015 Media and Outreach Activity
Professor Alistair Duff will give the opening keynote speech at the I-Society International Conference on the Information Society, held at London Heathrow Marriott Hotel, 10-12 November 2014. The theme of the talk will be 'The Good Information Society'.
06/11/2014 London, UK Keynote Speaker
Oxford Research Visit
IIDI-CSI funding allowed Dr Alistair Duff to revisit Oxford University for a week of scholarship and reflection. His visit was based at the Oxford Internet Institute library, by kind permission of the OII director. He participated in the OII-chaired 'Hyperconnected' workshop on the challenges posed...
24/06/2014 16-20 June 2014 Other News
Silicon Valley Field Trip
Professor Alistair Duff spent a week interviewing startups, academics and locals, and visiting company campuses, in Santa Clara county and San Francisco, California. This was part of a Carnegie- and IIDI-funded project entitled Information Revolutionaries: Silicon Valley and Social Transformation,...
18/06/2014 24-31 June Other News
Scotsman Op-Ed Column on Future of Privacy
Dr Alistair Duff's article, 'Time to Close Curtains on Big Brother', was published in The Scotsman on March 28. Duff argues that privacy is under unprecedented threat from the State and other social powers, and that citizens need to understand the risk of hi tech totalitarianism and do more to...
01/04/2014 Media and Outreach Activity
The InGSoc's next Public Seminar will be on Friday 7 March 2014. It will feature a talk by blogger Lallands Peat Worrier on ‘The Blogger and His Estate’, followed by discussion. Location: Room D40, Merchiston Capus, 2pm-3pm, followed by tea and biscuits Please email your intention to come to Dr...
07/03/2014 2-3pm, Room D40, Merchiston Seminar
Newsnight Scotland Interview - Alistair Duff
Will the press survive in the information age? Alistair Duff, professor of information policy at Edinburgh Napier University, was interviewed last night (26 Feb) on top current affairs show, Newsnight Scotland. Duff argued that despite declining circulations, the press would survive in both print...
27/02/2014 Edinburgh Media and Outreach Activity
The second InGSoc Seminar entitled 'Informing Society? The Future of the Census' will be given by Dr Julie Goodlet-Rowley, of National Records of Scotland. Room F6 in Merchiston Campus, from 2pm-3pm on the 6th December 2013 All welcome!
29/11/2013 2-3pm, Room F6 Merchiston on 06/12/13 Other News
Professor Colin Tyler Speaks at InGSoc Seminar
The first public seminar of the AHRC-funded Informing the Good Society ( project was addressed this afternoon by Colin Tyler of the University of Hull. Prof. Tyler, a leading authority on British idealism, spoke on T. H. Green and the contemporary common good society.
22/11/2013 Merchiston D40 2pm Other News
Paper at Ethics of Emerging Technology conference, Japan
Alistair Duff gave a paper at an international conference organised by Hokkaido University, Sapporo, 1-3 November. The paper, under the AHRC-funded InGSoc project, was entitled 'Human Liberty in an Information Society'.
05/11/2013 1 November 2013 Other News
InGSoc Seminar: Prof. Colin Tyler on 'T.H. Green and the Contemporary Common Good Society'
Professor Colin Tyler of Hull University will be delivering the first InGSoc (Informing the Good Society project) seminar on Friday 22 November. Prof. Tyler, one of the world’s leading authorities on British idealism, will address the question of T. H.
25/10/2013 November 22, 2pm, D40 Merchiston campus Seminar
Dr Alistair Duff gave an interview today on flagship current affairs radio programme Good Morning Scotland. Dr Duff discussed his forthcoming research into the social role of expert opinion and its future, and questioned whether e-pundits - such as bloggers and other online voices - will be able to...
13/02/2013 Media and Outreach Activity
Dr Alistair Duff has been awarded a grant of £200,000 by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Entitled Informing the Good Society [InGSoc], over three years the project team will address three main areas: (1) population-census informatics and ethics; (2) the future of columns and...
11/12/2012 Funding
Oxford Internet Institute visited by SACI/CSI lecturer Alistair Duff
School of Arts & Creative Industries reader and Centre for Social Informatics researcher Dr Alistair Duff spent last week at the University of Oxford's interdisciplinary Oxford Internet Institute. He is working on a range of issues facing 'informatised' democracies, including public opinion and...
28/05/2012 Oxford, UK External Visitor
SACI reader and CSI member Dr Alistair Duff delivered a paper 'The Preferential Option for the (Information) Poor in Digital Societies' at the 4th ICTs-and-Society Network conference, held this year in Uppsala, Sweden. Other speakers included Vincent Mosco, Andrew Feenberg, Graham Murdock and Karle...
09/05/2012 3 May 2012, Uppsala, Sweden Other Event
Dr Alistair Duff examined a PhD at Leeds Metropolitan University on 20 March 2012. The candidate's work assessed government initiatives to reduce the digital divide in Sri Lanka, by means of funded tele-centres in rural areas. An original model of tele-access, based on both grounded theory data and...
21/03/2012 20 March 2012 External Examiner
Routledge has published Alistair Duff's latest research monograph - A normative theory of the information society - in its Information Technology and Society series: Duff, A. (2011). A normative theory of the information society. Oxford: Routledge.
17/02/2012 Other News
CSI member Alistair Duff presented a paper entitled 'The Great Information Society Debate' to 'faculty' and PhD students at the School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
18/11/2011 1 November 2011 Invited Presentation
Dr Alistair Duff is supervising the visit of Rocío Ortiz Galindo, PhD Candidate in Communication at the University of Navarra, Spain who joined the Centre for Social Informatics (CSI) in September, and will continue working on her research at Edinburgh Napier until late December.
07/11/2011 External Visitor
Dr Alistair Duff was quoted on Good Morning Scotland (Radio Scotland's current affairs programme) and Reporting Scotland (BBC Scotland's main news bulletin) on information policy and the ethics of the Population Census. He raised concerns over the use of a company belonging to US company CACI...
22/03/2011 Media and Outreach Activity
'Cyberbullying': SACI Reader Alistair Duff Interviewed on Radio Scotland and Reporting Scotland
SACI and CSI member Dr Alistair Duff was approached by This Morning Scotland for comment, following a quote about the 'Wild West' Internet in the Sunday Herald. The issue was the criminal prosecution of school pupils for offensive postings about their teacher, on a social networking site.
27/10/2010 Media and Outreach Activity
Dr Alistair Duff Speaks in Digital Media Debate at St Andrews Union Debating Society
A debate billed as 'The Digital Media Debate' took place last night (21 October 2010) in front of a full house at Lower Parliament Hall, St Andrews. SACI Reader and CSI member Alistair Duff opened for the motion, This House Believes Print Media is Dead.
22/10/2010 Media and Outreach Activity
Dr Alistair Duff was quoted in the Sunday Herald 17 October 2010, in a piece on the cyberbullying, so-called, of teachers. The focus was a local teacher who discovered some highly critical conversations on Bebo between some of her pupils.
19/10/2010 Media and Outreach Activity