Pew Internet Director Lee Rainie recently spoke at TEDx University of Illinois about the rise of “networked individuals,” a concept that he and Barry Wellman explore in their forthcoming book, Networked: The New Social Operating System. He described how revolutions in social networking, the internet, and mobile connectivity have changed the way that peope deal with each other and communities in their lives and how people can function more effectively in this new environment.

Be sure to watch our director, Lee Rainie, on “This Week in Libraries,” where he and John Seely Brown spoke about the process of knowledge acquisition, networked objects, librarians as data analysts, and more!

Related: Be sure to watch Lee’s keynote at the Internet Librarian conference as well!


*** Update: You can also read some great liveblogs of his talk here and here. ***

Our director, Lee Rainie, gave a keynote address today at the Internet Librarian conference, in which he examined the potential role librarians can play in “learning communities”—both physical and virtual. He looked at five questions that libraries face as they consider their role in communities:

1) What is the future of knowledge?
2) What is the future of reference expertise?
3) What is the future of public technology?
4) What is the future of learning spaces?
5) What is the future of community anchor institutions?

You can watch a video of his talk above or on UStream, and his slides are available to download in Powerpoint or as a PDF.

"An insider view of social media research": Our director, Lee Rainie, talks with Mark Schaefer about the past, present, and future of Pew Internet, including three new research projects we’ll be working on in the next year.


Our director, Lee Rainie, recently spoke with at the ARF audience measurement conference. In this video, Lee talks about the three revolutions that are disrupting the way people communicate and view content (the Internet Revolution, the Mobile Revolution, and the Social Network Revolution), as well as trends in methods of news consumption in America.

In this great interview with Project Information Literacy, Pew Internet Director Lee Rainie talks about the impact of social network sites on learning, libraries, and society. (Includes a behind-the-scenes look at our research and a sneak peek at his upcoming book with Barry Wellman!)

The Networked Librarian

This video captures Pew Internet Director Lee Rainie’s recent talk about technology and libraries at the San Francisco Public Library. It explores how libraries can be actors in building and participating in social networks through their use of social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and blogging and through delivering their time-tested — and trusted — services to their patrons. A transcript of his remarks is available on the BayNet website.

Libraries and the New Community Information Ecology

In this 25-minute discussion (via Skype), Pew Internet Director Lee Raine talks with Journalism That Matters' Bill Densmore about how libraries can adjust and thrive in the new media ecosystem.

This video was presented at Beyond Books: News, Literacy, Democracy & American Libraries on April 7, 2011.

Further Reading

Boomer Generation Shapes the Future of Technology

Video: AARP/The Atlantic Technology Symposium

AARP recently sponsored a forum with The Atlantic on the future of technology—and how it will shape and be shaped by the Boomer generation.

People are not substituting technology for ‘real’ life, says Lee Rainie, Director of the Pew Internet and American Life Project. If you’re social and successful in the analog world, that can carry over to the digital realm, and vice versa.

Further Reading


The State of the Social Net

Director Lee Rainie recently spoke on a panel, “The State of the Social Net: A Catalyst for Civil and Political Revolt,” the Congressional Internet Caucus’s State of the Net Conference in Washington, D.C. Other panelists include: Alex Howard of O’Reilly Meida; Jerry Berman, of the Center for Democracy and Technology; Andrew Keen, of; and Clay Shirky, technology consultant and author.

The report “The Social Side of the Internet” is available online and as a PDF on our website.

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Dancing with megaphones: The new media ecology

Pew Internet Director Lee Rainie gave a keynote address to the iMedia Agency Summit for ad executives. He discussed the new media ecology and how it has changed customer behavior and expectations. (More videos below the cut)

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The Rise of Networked Individuals: The Millennial Tide

The online world is as varied as people are varied in their moral views, their economic circumstances and their social structures. In the video above, Director Lee Rainie discusses social, economic, and political trends especially among the younger generation that have given rise to a new and emerging class of networked citizens at Google’s Mountain View, CA headquarters.

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