CyberSafety Conference 2005: Introductions

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08 September 2005


  • Professor William Dutton (Director of OII)
  • Dr Victoria Nash (Conference Chair)
  • Dr John Hood (Vice-Chancellor, University of Oxford)
  • Liz Butterfield (Director & Founder, Internet Safety Group, New Zealand (ISG)
  • John Hosking (Professor and Head of the Computer Science Department at the University of Auckland)


Introduction to the CyberSafety Conference 2005.


Professor William Dutton, Director of OII

William H. Dutton is Director of the Oxford Internet Institute, Professor of Internet Studies, University of Oxford, and Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford.

He was previously a Professor in the The Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California, which he joined in 1980, where he was elected President of the Faculty. In the UK, he was a Fulbright Scholar 1986-87, and was national director of the UK's Programme on Information and Communication Technologies (PICT) from 1993 to 1996.

Among his recent publications on the social aspects of information and communication technologies are Society on the Line (Oxford University Press, 1999), Digital Academe, edited with Brian D. Loader (Taylor & Francis Routledge, 2003), Transforming Enterprise, edited by Dutton, Brian Kahin, Ramon O'Callaghan and Andrew W. Wyckoff, and a forthcoming monograph for the WSIS Publications, entitled Social Transformation in the Information Society (Paris: UNESCO, forthcoming).

Dr Victoria Nash, Conference Chair

Victoria Nash received her M. Phil in Politics from Magdalen College in 1996, after completing a First Class BA (Hons) Degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, before going on to complete a D. Phil in Politics from Nuffield College, Oxford University in 1999.

Vicki was a Research Fellow at the Institute of Public Policy Research prior to joining the OII in 2002. She also serves as a Lecturer in Politics at Trinity College, University of Oxford. She is the editor of "Building Community" and "Any Volunteers for the Good Society", and author of the forthcoming "Making Sense of Community". As research and policy officer at the OII, Dr Nash focuses on linking OII research to policy and practitioner communities.

Dr John Hood, Vice-Chancellor, University of Oxford

Dr John Hood became Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford in October 2004. He was previously Vice-Chancellor of the University of Auckland, a post he held since February 1999. He gained his PhD in Engineering from Auckland and a Master of Philosophy in Management Studies from Oxford University where he was a Rhodes Scholar.

Dr Hood spent 18 years with one of New Zealand's largest companies, Fletcher Challenge Ltd. There he held senior positions and headed, at various times, its Paper, Building and Construction arms. He has been a chairman and director of public and private companies in New Zealand and offshore.

His interests in sport and education have involved a wide range of roles, including directorships of both ASB Bank Limited and Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited, chairmanship of Tonkin & Taylor Limited, The Knowledge Wave Trust, the New Zealand Vice-Chancellors' Committee, and Universitas 21, and membership of the Prime Minister's Growth and Innovation Advisory Board and the Council of The University of Melbourne.

Liz Butterfield

Liz Butterfield is the Director and founder of the Internet Safety Group (ISG).

She has managed this non-profit organisation since 1998.

The Internet Safety Group's NetSafe® Programme is New Zealand's national cybersafety education initiative. A primary focus of the ISG is on the safety of children and young people, but the scope of the group's work includes education for adults, parents, schools, businesses, government departments, city councils and community organisations. The ISG's website is

Liz co-authored the NetSafe Kit for Schools, which is best practice for all New Zealand schools and has recently been adapted by Becta for British schools as well.

Liz has given presentations in every region of New Zealand as well as in the US, Australia and Vanuatu; and has written articles for New Zealand, US and British publications. She was the Chair of the NetSafe II International Conference in Auckland in 2003 and is a member of the Conference Committee for Safety & Security in a Networked World: Balancing Cyber-rights & Responsibilities.

In 2003 she was given New Zealand's NetGuide Magazine's 'Living Legend'

award for her contribution to the Internet industry. Also in 2003, she was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in recognition of her service to the community, especially her work on Internet safety.

John Hoskings

Professor and Head of the Computer Science Department at the University of Auckland. His research interests are in Software Engineering and Software Tools, where he has published more than 130 refereed papers and edited 4 books. Serving as a school trustee for six years parked his interest in internet safety issues. This led to his co-chairing a New Zealand national symposium on internet safety in 2002 and being active in the organisation of the first international conference in the area held in Auckland 2003.


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