Keynote: Wednesday, October 21, 2009
The Magic of Social Networks
Lee Rainie is the Director of the Pew Internet & American Life Project, a non-profit, nonpartisan "fact tank" that studies the social impact of the Internet. The Project has issued more than 200 reports based on its surveys that examine people's online activities and the Internet's role in their lives. Rainie is a co-author of Up for Grabs, Hopes and Fears, and the forthcoming Ubiquity, Mobility, Security, a series of books about the future of the Internet, published by Cambria Press and based on Project surveys. He is also co-authoring a book for MIT Press about the social impact of technology with sociologist Barry Wellman that will be published in 2010. The working title is Connected Lives: The New Social Network Operating System.
Prior to launching the Pew Internet Project, Rainie was managing editor of U.S. News & World Report. He is a graduate of Harvard University and has a master's degree in political science from Long Island University.