The social and cultural impact of the internet: A British perspective

Rewley House

20 Mar 2024
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Grant Blank, Visitor at Oxford Internet Institute & Senior Research Fellow of Harris Manchester College

The United Kingdom has always been one of the world leaders in Internet use. I will talk about the current state of Internet use in the UK, with emphasis on trends in Internet use and the digital divide. The conclusion will summarize some of the current issues in digital divide research.


Grant Blank (Ph.D. University of Chicago) is a Visitor at the Oxford Internet Institute and Senior Research Fellow of Harris Manchester College, both part of the University of Oxford, United Kingdom. He is a sociologist specializing in the social and cultural impact of the Internet, the digital divide, statistical and qualitative methods, and cultural sociology. Author or co-author of about 60 papers and six books, in 2015 he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Communication, Information Technology and Media Sociology section of the American Sociological Association. He can be reached at; see

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