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James Williams

Author, Oxford University

James Williams is a writer and academic. He received his PhD from Oxford, where his research focused on the philosophy and ethics of attention and persuasion in technology design. In 2017 he won the inaugural Nine Nots Prize, a major literary award for innovative thinking. Previously, James worked for over ten years at Google, where he built the metrics framework for the company's search advertising business and received the Founders' Award, the company's highest honor. He is also a co-founder of the Time Well Spent campaign, a visiting fellow at the Centre for Research in Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities at the University of Cambridge, and an advisor on technology issues to numerous governments and companies. His work has been featured by The New York Times, The Economist, The Guardian, the BBC, and numerous other news outlets. His first book, Stand Out of Our Light: Freedom and Resistance in the Attention Economy, was published in 2018 by Cambridge University Press and hailed by The Observer as 'a landmark book.'

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