(p. vii) Acknowledgments
(p. vii) Acknowledgments
I am grateful to many colleagues for their support, advice, and comments on particular chapters and the structure of the book as a whole.
As Professor of Internet Studies at the Oxford Internet Institute (OII), and its founding Director from 2002 to 2011, I benefited greatly from the insights of my students and colleagues, all of whom are pushing forward on the leading edge of Internet Studies. Whether in our Summer Doctoral Programme or Advisory Board meetings, my colleagues have engaged me in a continuing dialogue about the nature and future of Internet Studies, and what we have called the social science of the Internet. OII faculty, students, advisors, and visitors could not know how much I have valued and learned from our day-to-day conversations and debates, and our courses, seminars, and many series of lectures. This extends beyond our department, to my colleagues from other departments and the many colleges across this collegiate University of Oxford. A tremendous virtue of Oxford is an academic culture that resists specialization and nurtures the inter-disciplinary exchange that informs this book. It has been the enthusiasm around the social issues of the Internet, from an interdisciplinary range of Oxford colleagues that has continued to boost my commitment to better understanding the history and future of this field.
As editor, I was fortunate to gain the assistance of a strong international advisory board, which included: Christine Borgman, Presidential Chair in Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles; Jay Blumer, Emeritus Professor, University of Leeds; Manuel Castells, Wallis Annenberg Chair USC and Open University of Catalonia; Michael Cusamano, Sloan Management Review Distinguished Professor of Management, MIT; Dame Wendy Hall, Professor of Computer Science, Southampton; Guo Liang, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences; Sonia Livingstone, Media and Communications, London School of Economics; Thierry Vedel, The Centre for Political Research at Sciences Po, National Centre for Scientific Research, France; Barry Wellman, Director of Netlab, University of Toronto; and Dorothy Zinberg, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and Program for Science, Technology, and Public Policy, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard.
In addition to members of the Advisory Board, a number of colleagues reviewed and advised me on selected chapters. These colleagues included Professor Charles Ess, University of Aarhus; Dr Mark Graham, University of Oxford; Professor Barrie Gunter, University of Leicester; Professor Steve Jones, University of Illinois, Chicago Circle; Professor David Tewksbury, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Professor David (p. viii) Waterman, University of Indiana; Professor Monica Whitty, University of Leicester; and Professor Jonathan Zittrain, Harvard University.
I also gained much from my colleagues in Internet Studies across the globe who have been shaping other volumes on the field, and some of whom worked with me to develop a series of workshops on Internet Studies as one means to help me better understand this rapidly developing field. Charles Ess collaborated with me in setting up a workshop at the University of Aarhus, Denmark, which led to a special issue of New Media and Society. This was followed by a workshop focused on consumers and the Internet, at the Interdisciplinary Internet Institute (IN3) at the Open University of Catalonia, which was organized by Inma Rodriguez-Ardura, an Associate Professor of Marketing at IN3 and a Visiting Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute. Finally, Brian Loader at the University of York, Barry Wellman, at the University of Toronto, and Victoria Nash, at the OII worked with me in organizing ‘Ten Years in Internet Time’, a symposium held in Oxford in September 2011, which focused on the dynamics of Internet Studies. This symposium led to a special issue of Information, Communication & Society. I learned a great deal from both workshops and symposium and their follow-up.
I am, of course, most indebted to the authors who contributed to this volume, not only by writing their respective chapters, but also in reviewing selected chapters, and advising me on issues of scope and coverage. All were exceptionally receptive to guidance on the aims of the handbook and how their chapters could best contribute. I have never worked with such a uniformly strong set of academics.
Robert Bullard provided valuable copy-editing in preparing chapters for the publisher, and indirectly, Malcolm Peltu, my friend and long time editorial consultant, taught me a great deal about editing that advanced my work on this book.
Finally, I wish to thank my editor at Oxford University Press, David Musson, who has been encouraging and supportive of this project from the beginning. His judgment was always valued and contributed much to the completion of this work. His team at Oxford University Press, including Emma Lambert and Rachel Platt, were professional, talented, and responsive at every stage of the book's production.