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Richard Barbrook

Senior Lecturer in Politics, University of Westminster

Richard Barbrook is a senior lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Westminster. In the early 1980s, he was involved with pirate and community radio broadcasting. 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. 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. 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. In 2014, his book about Situationist gaming was published: Class Wargames: ludic subversion against spectacular capitalism. Richard coordinated the writing of The Digital Democracy Manifesto for Jeremy Corbyn’s 2016 Labour leadership campaign. He is a co-founder of Games for the Many which produced Labour’s CorbynRun app game for 2017 British general election. Richard has just started working for the Labour leadership office as their policy advisor for digital democracy and socialist games.

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Radical democracy

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