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Dr David R Brake


Dr David Brake, Senior Lecturer

David Brake

I spent more than 10 years as a technology writer in the UK, much of it as a pioneering online journalist including positions at New Scientist and BBC News Online and freelancing at ITN Online.

From 2000 to 2002 I was an internet consultant working at several internet startups and at Cable and Wireless' interactive TV department.

I specialised as a consultant in the creation and maintenance of virtual communities.

After completing a Masters in New Media, Information and Society and a PhD at the Media Department of the London School of Economics and Political Science, I spent a year and a half lecturing at the University of Leicester's Media Department.

Research Interests

My most recent research, published in my PhD (which is available online) was into personal weblogging in the UK, focusing on the understandings bloggers had of their practices, the meanings they ascribed to those practices and the technical and social contexts in which these meanings were constructed.

I am extending this research to encompass other social media like Facebook and Twitter and will be producing a Palgrave book "Sharing Our Lives Online Risks and Exposure in Social Media" in 2012.

I am also interested in the political economy of new media technologies more generally, and in the ways in which new technologies, journalistic practices and democratic governance inter-relate.

I am currently researching how the nature of authorship and publishing may be changing as a result of the growth of the e-book and of book printing on demand.

Further Information and Publications

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