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Dr Richard Barbrook

Senior Lecturer in Politics

+44 (0)20 7911 5000 Ext. 68928 r.barbrook@westminster.ac.uk Dept of Politics and IR, University of Westminster 32-38 Wells Street LONDON W1T 3UW Tuesday 1.00-2.30pm

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Richard Barbrook is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Westminster.

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.

The Media Ecology Association selected Imaginary Futures as the winner of the 2008 Marshall McLuhan Award for Outstanding Book of the Year in the Field of Media Ecology.

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.

BA in Politics modules

  • Politics and Media Freedom
  • Political Simulations and Gaming
  • Applied British Politics
  • Dissertations
  • Western Political Philosophy
  • Introduction to Political Theor

This is a selection of publications, more can be found on WestminsterResearch, our online research repository.

Smartsound: a framework for multi-user sound interaction

Eacott, John (2003) Smartsound: a framework for multi-user sound interaction. In: Cybersonica '03: proceedings of the CREAM Symposium. Cybersalon, London, UK, pp. 14-19. ISBN 0954547004

Cybersonica '03: proceedings of the CREAM Symposium

Barbrook, Richard and Eacott, John and Jennings, David, eds. (2003) Cybersonica '03: proceedings of the CREAM Symposium. Cybersalon, London, UK. ISBN 0954547004

The Napsterisation of everything

Barbrook, Richard (2002) The Napsterisation of everything. Science as Culture, 11 (2). pp. 277-285. ISSN 0950-5431

The regulation of liberty: free speech, free trade and free gifts on the net

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

The hi-tech gift economy

Barbrook, Richard (2002) The hi-tech gift economy. In: Communicating for development: experience in the urban environment. Urban management series . Intermediate Technology Development Group Publishing, pp. 45-51. ISBN 1853395420

Hypermedia freedom

Barbrook, Richard (2001) Hypermedia freedom. In: Crypto anarchy, cyberstates, and pirate utopias. Digital communication . MIT Press, Cambridge, USA, pp. 47-58. ISBN 0262621517

Lipietz in London and Paris

Barbrook, Richard (2001) Lipietz in London and Paris. In: 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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