Darin Barney

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Darin Barney
Burnaby, British Columbia
ResidenceMontreal, Canada
OccupationAuthor, Professor
EmployerMcGill University
Known forInformation society, disruptive politics and sabotage

Darin Barney is a political theorist, academic and activist whose work focuses on critical theory, the philosophy of technology, infrastructure and disruptive politics. He currently hold the Grierson Chair in Communication Studies at McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. In 2004 he was selected as one of fifteen "Leaders of Tomorrow" by the Partnership Group for Science and Engineering.[1] In 2007, he delivered the Hart House Lecture at the University of Toronto.[2] The lecture was entitled: One Nation Under Google: Citizenship in the Technological Republic.

In 2010, the CBC Radio "Ideas" series featured Dr. Barney on the topic: "The Origins of the Modern Public".[3]

In 2013, he wrote an article to defend McGill University's decision to award an honorary doctorate to American philosopher Judith Butler.[4]

Before the Canadian election on October 19, 2015, he co-authored an article with Elyse Amend entitled: "Getting It Right: Canadian Conservatives and the "War on Science" in the Canadian Journal of Communication about the contempt of the Conservative government regarding Science.[5]

In terms of activism, Professor Barney is invested in the divestment from fossil fuel campaign at McGill University.[6] Divest McGill received the Catalyst prize in 2015.[7]


Barney studied at Simon Fraser University for his bachelors' and master's degree, and the University of Toronto, where he received a Ph.D. in 1999.


  • The Network Society. Polity Press. 2004.
  • Prometheus Wired: The Hope for Democracy in the Age of Network Technology. UBC Press. 2000.


  1. ^ "PAGSE - The Partnership Group for Science and Engineering". pagse.org. Retrieved 2015-11-01.
  2. ^ "Darin Barney on citizenship in the technological republic - YouTube". youtube.com. Retrieved 2015-11-01.
  3. ^ "The Origins of the Modern Public - Part 14 - Ideas - CBC Player". cbc.ca. 2010-06-30. Retrieved 2015-11-01.
  4. ^ "In Defense of Judith Butler | Darin Barney". huffingtonpost.ca. Retrieved 2015-11-01.
  5. ^ "Conservative contempt - The Globe and Mail". theglobeandmail.com. Retrieved 2015-11-01.
  6. ^ "Opinion: McGill must divest its endowment fund of fossil fuels | Montreal Gazette". montrealgazette.com. Retrieved 2015-11-01.
  7. ^ "Divest McGill takes home Catalyst prize at annual awards event : McGill Reporter". publications.mcgill.ca. Retrieved 2015-11-01.

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