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UML Campus Voices

Lee Rainie

October 16, 2012
Director of the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

Director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, Rainie shares the Project’s latest findings about how people use the internet, their smart phones, and social media like Facebook and Twitter. He explores how revolutionary changes in technology have affected the way people use their social networks to learn, solve problems, and just plain hang out together. And he highlights how students and workers can adopt new “networking” skills and behaviors that will help them move through life. The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project is a non-profit, non–partisan "fact tank" that studies the social impact of the internet.

Rainie is a co-author of the new book Networked: The New Social Operating System, a book about the social impact of technology that was written with Barry Wellman. He also is a co-author of Up for Grabs, Hopes and Fears, Ubiquity, Mobility, Security, and Challenges and Opportunities – a series of books about the future of the internet. 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.