Dr Webster is the programme Director of the MBA Public Service Management and BA (Hons) Public Management & Administration degree programmes at the University of Stirling. He is also Chair of the Living in Surveillance Societies (LiSS) COST Action (IS0807). His research interests are broadly in the area of contemporary public policy and management, and the policy processes and governance structures associated with governing in the information age. He is a recognised expert on e-Government, electronic public services and democracy, and the emergence of new surveillance technologies in public service and policy settings. He is a leading authority on the policies and practices surrounding the provision of closed circuit television/video surveillance cameras and systems in public places. His research interests also include the normality of technologically mediated surveillance practices in society, the governance and regulation of privacy and data protection, and the exploration of the defining characteristics of emerging surveillance societies.
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Dr Webster is Chair of the Living in Surveillance Societies (LiSS) Action (IS0807), 2009-13. He was also one of the UK’s two nominated representatives in the ‘Regulation and Control’ Working Group (No.5) of the Government and Democracy in the Information Age (GaDIA) European Union COST A14 Action. He was also appointed as a ‘specialist advisor’ to the ‘Cyberdemocracy’ Working Group (No.1) of this research programme.
William is a member of the Surveillance Studies Network (SSN) and a funding member of the Scottish Privacy Forum. He is also a member of Permanent Study Group on ‘E-Government (Information and Communication Technologies in Public Administration)’ of the European Group of Public Administration (EGPA), the International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM), the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and the Information Resource Management Association (IRMA). Dr Webster is a member of the Editorial Board of the international journal ‘Information Polity’.