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Prof Matthew Allen



Head of School


Faculty of Arts and Education


SCCA Arts & Ed


Melbourne Burwood Campus



Matthew Allen is Head of School, Communication and Creative Arts and Professor of Internet Studies, Deakin University. His primary focus is leading the school to achieve distinction, to be a great school for staff and students researching and studying the communicative and creative arts. He continues with research into the social consequences and cultural meanings of the Internet and related technologies. Matthew previously worked at Curtin University and was foundation Head of Department, Internet Studies 

Matthew is an innovative educator, a Teaching Fellow of the former Australian Learning and Teaching Council (having completed the project Learning in Networks of Knowledge in 2010) and received an Australian Award for University Teaching (2000). He is the author of various articles and papers on things Internet, as well as online learning, television, popular culture and Australian history. In 2012 he published Gaining a Past, Losing a Future: Web 2.0 and Internet Historicity (Media International Australia), Wikis as Individual Student Learning Tools: The Limitations of Technology (J ICT Education), and An Education In Facebook (Digital Culture and Education).

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Biography summary

Matthew Allen is Head of School, Communication and Creative Arts and Professor of Internet Studies. A critic, researcher and educator in all things Internet, Matthew is a nationally awarded tertiary teacher and a former ALTC Teaching Fellow.

Career highlights

Appointment as Professor of Internet Studies (Curtin, 2011)

ALTC Teaching Fellowship 2008

Australian Award for University Teaching 2000

Research interests

Social media, teaching and learning innovation, Internet Studies

Teaching interests

Social Media, Internet Communications, Critical Thinking, Connectivity

Knowledge areas

e-learning (online learning, Internet-based learning and digital innovations)

broadband policy

social media

Internet research


I am an award-winning tetrtiary educator and researcher of online learning innovation; I am expert in social media, and the cultural and social changes evident in the development of the networked society.
  • Culture
  • Education
  • Internet/world wide web
  • Media
  • Technology
  • Virtual worlds/social networking


Australian Award for University Teaching 2000
ALTC Teaching Fellowship 2008


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Constructive activism in the dark web: cryptomarkets and illicit drugs in the digital ‘demimonde’

Dr Alexia Maddox, Monica J. Barratt, Prof Matthew Allen, Simon Lenton

(2016), Vol. 19, pp. 111-126, Information, communication & society, Abingdon, Eng., C1


The importance of broadband for socio-economic development: a perspective from rural Australia

Dr Julie Freeman, Sora Park, A/Prof Catherine Middleton, Prof Matthew Allen

(2016), Vol. 20, pp. 1-18, Australasian journal of information systems, Bruce, A.C.T., C1


'What if you live on top of a bakery and you like cakes?'- Drug use and harm trajectories before, during and after the emergence of Silk Road

Monica J. Barratt, Simon Lenton, Dr Alexia Maddox, Prof Matthew Allen

(2016), Vol. 35, pp. 50-57, International journal of drug policy, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


The multi-layers of digital exclusion in rural Australia

Sora Park, Dr Julie Freeman, A/Prof Catherine Middleton, Prof Matthew Allen, Robin Eckermann, Richard Everson

(2015), pp. 3631-3640, HICSS 2015 : Proceedings of the 48th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, Los Alamitos, Calif., E1


Broadband futures : content, connectivity and control

Prof Matthew Allen, Sora Park, A/Prof Catherine Middleton, Peter Thompson

(2014), pp. 113-116, Media international Australia, St Lucia, Qld, C1


Gaming privacy : a Canadian case study of a children’s co-created privacy literacy game

Kate Raynes-Goldie, Prof Matthew Allen

(2014), Vol. 12, pp. 414-426, Surveillance and society, Kingston, Ontario, C1


“Pma sounds fun” : negotiating drug discourses online

Monica J. Barratt, Prof Matthew Allen, Simon Lenton

(2014), Vol. 49, pp. 987-998, Substance Use & Misuse, Abingdon, Eng., C1


What was web 2.0? Versions as the dominant mode of internet history

Prof Matthew Allen

(2013), Vol. 15, pp. 260-275, New media and society, London, England, C1


Internet content regulation, public drug websites and the growth in hidden Internet services

Monica J. Barratt, Simon Lenton, Prof Matthew Allen

(2013), Vol. 20, pp. 195-202, Drugs, education and policy, Abingdon, England, C1


Open technologies and social media as enablers of collaborative learning

Stephen Quinton, Prof Matthew Allen

(2013), pp. 35-54, Curriculum models for the 21st century. Using learning technologies in higher education, New York, N.Y., B1


An education in Facebook

Prof Matthew Allen

(2012), Vol. 4, pp. 213-225, Digital culture and education, Online, C1-1


Gaining a past, losing a future : Web 2.0 and internet historicity

Prof Matthew Allen

(2012), Vol. 143, pp. 99-109, Media international Australia, St Lucia, Qld., C1-1


Wikis as individual student learning tools : the limitations of technology

Prof Matthew Allen, Elaine Tay

(2012), Vol. 8, pp. 61-71, International journal of information and communication technology education, Hershey, Pa., C1-1


Research in action for community informatics : a matter for conversation

Prof Matthew Allen, Marcus Foth

(2011), Vol. 7, pp. 1-5, Journal of community informatics, Vancouver, Canada, C1-1


Designing social media into university learning : technology of collaboration or collaboration for technology?

Elaine Tay, Prof Matthew Allen

(2011), Vol. 48, pp. 151-163, Educational media international, Oxon, England, C1-1


Web 2.0 from the ground up : defining the participatory web in its own terms

Prof Matthew Allen

(2011), pp. 129-130, AoIR 2011 : Proceedings of the12th Annual Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers : Internet Research 12.0 - Performance and Participation, Seattle, Wash., E1-1


De-tooling technology : networked computing as an environment, purpose and medium for social action

Prof Matthew Allen

(2010), pp. 1-10, 3 C media, Alexandria, N.S.W., C1-1


The experience of connectivity : results from a survey of Australian internet users

Prof Matthew Allen

(2010), Vol. 13, pp. 350-374, Information, communication and society, Oxon, England, C1-1


The social side of social media : technology or collaboration?

Elaine Tay, Prof Matthew Allen

(2010), pp. -, Proceedings of the 19th Annual Teaching Learning Forum : Educating for Sustainability, Perth, W. A., E1-1



Prof Matthew Allen

(2010), pp. 21-24, International handbook of internet research, Dordrecht , Germany, B1-1


The experience of connectivity : how internet users characterize the underlying importance of the internet and what that means for the way they engage online

Prof Matthew Allen

(2009), pp. -, AoIR 2009 : Proceedings of the10th Annual Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers : Internet Research 10.0 ¿ Internet: Critical, Milwaukee, Wis., E1-1


E-governance as digital ecosystem : a new way to think about citizen engagement and the internet?

Mark Balnaves, Prof Matthew Allen

(2009), pp. 9-14, ICEG 2009 : Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on E-Governance, Boston, Mass., E1-1


Tim O'Reilly and web 2.0 : the economics of memetic liberty and control

Prof Matthew Allen

(2009), Vol. 42, pp. 6-23, Communication, politics and culture, Melbourne, Vic., C1-1


Authentic assessment and the internet : contributions within knowledge networks

Prof Matthew Allen

(2009), pp. 1-6, E-Learn 2009 : Proceedings of the World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, Vancouver, B.C., E1-1


Learning as knowledge networking : conceptual foundations for revised uses of the internet in higher education

Prof Matthew Allen, Jane Long

(2009), pp. 652-657, WCECS 2009 : Proceedings of the World Congress on Engineering and Computer Science 2009, Hong Kong, E1-1


Web 2.0 : an argument against convergence

Prof Matthew Allen

(2008), Vol. 13, pp. -, First monday, Bridgman, Mich., C1-1


Broadband technologies, techno-optimism and the "hopeful" citizen

Prof Matthew Allen

(2006), pp. 1525-1547, International handbook of virtual learning environments, Dordrecht , Netherlands, B1-1


Domesticating the internet : content regulation, virtual nation-building and the family

Prof Matthew Allen, Jane Long

(2004), pp. 229-240, Virtual nation : the Internet in Australia, Sydney, N.S.W., B1-1


Dematerialised data and human desire : the Internet and copy culture

Prof Matthew Allen

(2003), pp. 26-33, CW'03 : Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Cyberworlds, Singapore, E1-1


Hacking the undernet : libertarian limits, commercial containment

Jane Long, Prof Matthew Allen

(2001), Vol. 28, pp. 37-54, Australian journal of communication, Brisbane, Qld., C1-1


From classes to communities : internet-based learning - time-space - and individual-group identity

Prof Matthew Allen

(2001), pp. -, SSGRR 2001 : Proceedings of International Conference on Advances in Infrastructure for Electronic Business, Science, and Education on the Internet, L¿Aquila, Italy, E1-1


Desiring the interface : introducing technoculture

Prof Matthew Allen

(2001), pp. 5-9, Media international Australia, St Lucia, Qld., C1-1


Channel surfing in academic television

Prof Matthew Allen

(1995), Vol. 22, pp. 84-94, Australian journal of communication, Brisbane, Qld., C1-1



Other Funding Sources

TrISMA - Tracking Infrastructure for Social Media Analysis

A/Prof Axel Bruns, A/Prof Jean Burgess, Dr John Banks, Mr Dian Wirawan Tjondronegoro, A/Prof Alexander Dreiling, Prof John Hartley, Dr Tama Leaver, Dr Anne Aly, Dr Timothy Highfield, Dr Rowan Wilken, A/Prof Ellie Rennie, Dr Dean Lusher, Prof Matthew Allen, Prof David Marshall, A/Prof Kristin Demetrious

  • 2016: $20,595
  • 2015: $35,819


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