Janna Quitney Anderson is the director of the major international resource Imagining the Internet: A History and Forecast (www.imaginingtheinternet.org), an initiative of the Pew Internet & American Life Project and Elon University. The site is a Webby Awards Honoree. She is the lead author of the "Future of the Internet" book series published by Cambria Press and wrote the book "Imagining the Internet" (Rowman & Littlefield, 2005), designated as a 2006 American Library Association "Choice" book - a must-have book for library reference collections. Her expertise is concentrated in the fields of the future of the internet and communications; internet history; futures studies; and print/online journalism. She has been working on research projects funded by grants from Pew Internet since 2000, and she has appeared as a speaker and participant in numerous international conferences on the future of information technologies, including the Metaverse Roadmap Project (http://metaverseroadmap.org/) investigating the future of social networks on the 3D Internet. She also serves as a contributor to the annual "State of the Future" reports published by the WFUNA Millennium Project (http://www.acunu.org/millennium/mpflyer-2007.html and http://www.millennium-project.org). She was on the steering committee of the WWW2010 international conference and directed FutureWeb (http://futureweb2010.wordpress.com). She enjoyed a 20-year career reporting and editing for daily newspapers prior to joining the faculty at Elon in 1999. She is an editorial board member of the Newspaper Research Journal and a reviewer for New Media & Society. She is also an assistant professor in Elon University's School of Communications. She teaches a general studies course tied to Futures Studies in addition to courses in the interactive media and Journalism departments at Elon. Winner of several web-design awards from AEJMC and BEA.
BA, Minnesota State University Moorhead, 1978
MA, University of Memphis, 1999
The future of information and communications technologies, internet history, online journalism ethics, World Wide Web, technology development and diffusion, futures studies, social networks, metaverse, emerging media, journalism, newspapers, magazines.