By background a systems engineer, Professor John Naughton is a historian of the Internet whose main research interests lie in the network’s impact on society. At CRASSH, he was co-director (with Sir Richard Evans and Professor David Runciman) of a five-year research project on Conspiracy and Democracy (2013–2018) and co-director (with David Runciman) of a two-year research project on Technology and Democracy (2014–2017). He has written extensively on technology and its role in society, and is the author of a well-known history of the Internet – A Brief History of the Future (Phoenix, 2000). He is currently Head of the Advisory Board for the Minderoo Centre for Technology and Democracy at CRASSH.
His most recent book, From Gutenberg to Zuckerberg: what you really need to know about the Internet, is published by Quercus.