A Ballina-born academic and writer whose book ‘A Brief History of the Future: The origins of the Internet’, features on many university reading lists, was honoured with an Alumni Achievement Award from University College Cork (UCC) on Friday, November 28th.
Born in Ballina, Co Mayo, in 1946, John Naughton is a prominent media commentator and graduated from UCC with a degree in Engineering in 1968.
He is Vice President, Wolfson College Cambridge and Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Research in the Arts Social Sciences and Humanities at Cambridge, where he is Principal Investigator on a five-year research project on Conspiracy and Democracy funded by the Leverhulme Trust.
John is also Emeritus Professor of the Public Understanding of Technology at the Open University and has been an Adjunct Professor at UCC since 2011.
John joined the Open University as a lecturer in Systems in 1972 and pioneered the use of computers and the Internet in teaching and learning throughout the 1980s and the 1990s.
He developed a strong interest in the social impacts of networking technology and was appointed Professor of the Public Understanding of Technology at the Open University in 2002.
He has written a weekly column for the Observer newspaper since 1987 which has won him several major awards including three nominations as Critic of the Year
His most recent book is titled ‘From Gutenberg to Zuckerberg: What you really need to know about the Internet’. The book has been a huge success worldwide.