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'You can't always get what you want': The social construction of the Internet

Tuesday, 20th October 2015 at 6pm - 8pm

Location: LAB 006, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, Cambridge CB1 1PT (easiest access off Broad Street)

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Technologies that achieve widespread use are always socially constructed – including the Internet. How have we shaped the Net? What does it reveal about us? The news isn't entirely reassuring …

Join us for an evening of thought-provoking insights and rich analysis in what promises to be one of the most fascinating CAMPUS talks ever.

Professor John Naughton is co-director of two major research projects on 'Conspiracy and Democracy' and 'Technology and Democracy' at CRASSH (University of Cambridge). He is also the Technology columnist of the Observer. His most recent book – From Gutenberg to Zuckerberg: What You Really Need to Know About the Internet – is published by Quercus.

£6 – wine/refreshments included. Free for all students.

Anyone whose book title can make bad puns make good sense has got to be worth listening to. Please tell your friends, colleagues and cyberspace generally. Download the poster, print it out and put it up. 


Displaying 5 comments
at 11:52am on Monday, 19th October 2015
Looking forward to this. Thanks David.
at 9:48am on Thursday, 8th October 2015
For the two people (and anyone else) asking about paying, you just pay £6 on the door, if you are in employment. This includes generously non-portion-controlled wine, drinks and nibbles. Our educational remit (and free rooms from ARU) means that students are free.

If you haven't been to ARU before, the room (LAB006) is a very attractive and comfortable room in the new Lord Ashcroft Building on the north side, away from East Road. Easiest access is from Broad Street, i.e. the Norfolk Road side of ARU. There will be signage to direct you to the room. Everyone is friendly and sociable.

Thank you for your interest – it should be a really fascinating talk. Please tell/tweet/FB your friends and colleagues.

I look forward to meeting you there.
at 5:46pm on Wednesday, 7th October 2015
Same question as Member 187c316
at 11:26am on Wednesday, 7th October 2015
I'd like to attend, but haven't been to one of these CAMPUS events before. Do I pay on the door? Thanks!
at 4:33pm on Friday, 2nd October 2015
John is clearly not one to brag, but he also happens to be Vice-President of Wolfson College and, I believe, a consultant on technology/information to a number of major companies and institutions. His commissions include one from Cambridge University Library, for whom he wrote about the future of academic libraries. I am really excited about this talk …

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