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Richard Barbrook is an academic in the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages at the University of Westminster
University of Westminster
The University of Westminster is a public research university located in London, United Kingdom. Its origins go back to the foundation of the Royal Polytechnic Institution in 1838, and it was awarded university status in 1992.The university's headquarters and original campus are based on Regent...

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Education


Barbrook studied for a BA in Social & Political Science at Downing College, University of Cambridge
University of Cambridge
The University of Cambridge is a public research university located in Cambridge, United Kingdom. It is the second-oldest university in both the United Kingdom and the English-speaking world , and the seventh-oldest globally...

, a MA in Political Behaviour at University of Essex
University of Essex
The University of Essex is a British campus university whose original and largest campus is near the town of Colchester, England. Established in 1963 and receiving its Royal Charter in 1965...

 and a doctorate in Politics & Government at University of Kent
University of Kent
The University of Kent, previously the University of Kent at Canterbury, is a public research university based in Kent, United Kingdom...

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Career


In the early 1980s, he was involved with pirate and community radio broadcasting. Helping to set up the multi-lingual Spectrum Radio
Spectrum Radio
Spectrum Radio is the United Kingdom’s only Multiethnic Commercial Radio station, with programmes from 24 ethnic groups. It is based in the Battersea district of London...

 station in London, he published extensively on radio issues during this period. http://www.imaginaryfutures.net/2007/02/28/choice-or-participation-british-radio-in-the-1990s-by-richard-barbrook http://www.imaginaryfutures.net/2007/01/04/how-dyall-feel-out-there-pirate-radio-in-london-by-richard-barbrook

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 book Media Freedom. 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
Wired (magazine)
Wired is a full-color monthly American magazine and on-line periodical, published since January 1993, that reports on how new and developing technology affects culture, the economy, and politics...

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
University of Westminster
The University of Westminster is a public research university located in London, United Kingdom. Its origins go back to the foundation of the Royal Polytechnic Institution in 1838, and it was awarded university status in 1992.The university's headquarters and original campus are based on Regent...

  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
Marshall McLuhan
Herbert Marshall McLuhan, CC was a Canadian educator, philosopher, and scholar—a professor of English literature, a literary critic, a rhetorician, and a communication theorist...

Award for Outstanding Book of the Year in the Field of Media Ecology. http://www.media-ecology.org/awards/mea_recipients.html

Richard Barbrook is a founding member of Class Wargames and co-wrote the script to the group's film: Ilze Black (director), Class Wargames Presents Guy Debord's The Game of War http://www.classwargames.net/?page_id=149.