Philip N. Howard is the Director of the Oxford
Internet Institute, and a Professor at Balliol College, University of
Oxford. He is a professor of sociology, information and international
affairs. He is the author, most recently, of Pax Technica: How the
Internet of Things May Set Us Free or Lock Us Up.
He has courtesy appointments as a professor at the University of
Washington’s Department of Communication and as a fellow at Columbia
University’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism.
Howard investigates the impact of digital media on political life around the world, and he is a frequent commentator on global media and political affairs. Howard’s research has demonstrated how new information technologies are used in both civic engagement and social control in countries around the world. His projects on digital activism, information access, and modern governance in both democracies and authoritarian regimes have been supported by the European Research Council, National Science Foundation, US Institutes of Peace, and Intel’s People and Practices Group.