Lectures, talks & interviews

The elusive technological future

Keynote speech at Thriving in a colder and more challenging climate, the 2011 conference of the Association for Learning Technology (ALT) in Leeds, UK, on Thursday 8 September 2011 at 11.40.

A conversation with Dan Schiller

Audio version

Dan Schiller was a visitor in September 2015 to our ‘Technology and Democracy’ project in CRASSH. Dan is a leading expert on telecommunications history and was one of the first scholars to place the evolution of the Internet in a wider context of the global telecommunications industry. This hour-long conversation between him and David Runciman and me was recorded on September 28 and covers a wide range of topics, including monopoly power, the role of regulators and the importance of knowing the history of this stuff.

Corporate Power in a Digital World

A talk delivered in CRASSH on June 22, 2015.

“Net Neutrality, walled gardens, Internet governance and anonymity…”

A conversation with Timothy Garton-Ash at the Centre for European Studies, University of Oxford on February 10, 2015.


“What can Engineers learn from the Humanities?”

A lecture delivered at University College Cork on 5 May, 2015.

“You can’t always get what you want”

A lecture to the ADAPT Centre, Trinity College, Dublin on April 29, 2015. Text here.

“Public intellectuals and the natural sciences”

Invited lecture at the conference organised by the University of Copenhagen in December 2013 as part of the commemorations of the Bohr model of the atom. Text here.

My Inaugural Lecture: “The Social Life of Networks” MP3 here. pdf here

Chatham House interview

May 9, 2016.

The state of ‘Informed Bewilderment’

A conversation with John Brockman of Edge.org
1 March 2018