Professor John Naughton FRSA

  • Senior Research Fellow, CRASSH
  • Emeritus Professor of the Public Understanding of Technology, Open University
  • Director, Wolfson College, Press Fellowship Programme
  • Columnist, the Observer
  • Adjunct Professor, University College, Cork

John Naughton was elected a Fellow of the College in 1992 and is now an Emeritus Fellow; he served as Vice-President from 2011-2015.

By background a systems engineer with a strong interest in the social impacts of networking technology, he has written a weekly column for the Observer since 1987. He has written extensively on technology and its role in society, is the author of a well-known history of the Internet – A Brief History of the Future (Phoenix, 2000) – and is currently working on changes in our information ecosystem brought about by technological change. His latest book - From Gutenberg to Zuckerberg: what you really need to know about the Internet - is published by Quercus Books.

He was the Academic Advisor to the Arcadia Project at Cambridge University Library, which ran from 2008-2012 and investigated the role of the academic library in a digital age.

He is currently a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) where (with Professor Richard Evans and Professor David Runciman) he is a Principal Investigator on the Leverhulme-funded research project on "Conspiracy and Democracy".