Richard studied for a BA in Social & Political Science at Downing College, Cambridge, a MA in Political Behaviour at Essex University and a doctorate in Politics & Government at Kent University. In the early 1980s, he was involved with pirate and community radio broadcasting. Helping to set up the multi-lingual Spectrum Radio station in London, he published extensively on radio issues during this period.
Having worked on media regulation within the EU for some years at a research institute at the University of Westminster, much of his material was published in his 1995 Media Freedom book. In the same year, he became the coordinator of the Hypermedia Research Centre at Westminster's Media School and was the first course leader of its MA in Hypermedia Studies.
Working with Andy Cameron, he wrote The Californian Ideology which was a pioneering critique of the neo-liberal politics of Wired magazine. His other important writings about the Net include The Hi-Tech Gift Economy, Cyber-communism, The Regulation of Liberty and The Class of the New.
In 2007, Richard moved to the Social Sciences School of the University of Westminster and published his study of the political and ideological role of the prophecies of artificial intelligence and the information society: Imaginary Futures.
Richard is a trustee of Cybersalon and a founding member of Class Wargames. He is currently carrying out research into the politics of ludic subversion with particular reference to Guy Debord's Game of War.
This is a selection of publications, more can be found on WestminsterResearch, our online research repository.
Barbrook, Richard and Eacott, John and Jennings, David, eds. (2003) Cybersonica '03: proceedings of the CREAM Symposium. Cybersalon, London, UK. ISBN 0954547004
Eacott, John (2003) Smartsound: a framework for multi-user sound interaction. In: Barbrook, Richard and Eacott, John and Jennings, David, (eds.) Cybersonica '03: proceedings of the CREAM Symposium. Cybersalon, London, UK, pp. 14-19. ISBN 0954547004
Barbrook, Richard (2002) The Napsterisation of everything. Science as Culture, 11 (2). pp. 277-285. ISSN 0950-5431
Barbrook, Richard (2002) The regulation of liberty: free speech, free trade and free gifts on the net. Science as Culture, 11 (2). pp. 155-170. ISSN 0950-5431
Barbrook, Richard (2002) The hi-tech gift economy. In: Gandelsonas, Catalina, (ed.) Communicating for development: experience in the urban environment. Urban management series . Intermediate Technology Development Group Publishing, pp. 45-51. ISBN 1853395420
Barbrook, Richard (2001) Hypermedia freedom. In: Ludlow, Peter, (ed.) Crypto anarchy, cyberstates, and pirate utopias. Digital communication . MIT Press, Cambridge, USA, pp. 47-58. ISBN 0262621517
Barbrook, Richard (2001) Lipietz in London and Paris. In: Jessop, Bob, (ed.) The Parisian regulation school. Regulation theory and the crisis of capitalism, 1 (1). Elgar, Cheltenham, UK, pp. 303-340. ISBN 1840646519
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