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Janna Anderson

Professor of Communications
McEwen - Comm. 203E
2850 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
andersj@elon.edu (336) 278-5733

Brief Biography

Janna Quitney Anderson, associate professor, has been at Elon since 1999. She is director of the major international resource, "Imagining the Internet: A History and Forecast" (www.imaginingtheinternet.org), an initiative of Elon University in a partnership with the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project. The site is a Webby Awards Honoree. She is active in the processes of the UN-facilitated Internet Governance Forum and World Summit on the Information Society. 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: emerging media; the future of the Internet and communications; Internet history; futures studies; and 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 South By Southwest Interactive, Webcom, MobilityShifts and 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 Millennium Project (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 has served as a judge for the Webby Awards. She teaches a general studies course tied to Futures Studies in addition to core and elective courses in the School of Communications. Winner of several Web-design awards from AEJMC and BEA.

Education

MA in journalism concentrating on emerging media, University of Memphis, 1999
BA, Minnesota State University Moorhead, 1978

Courses Taught

Communications 110 Media Writing
Communications 310 Reporting for the Public Good
Communications 371 The Future of the Internet
Communications 491 Independent Study (various topics)
Communications 495 Great Ideas - Senior Capstone Seminar
Communications 499 Independent Research (various topics)
Communications 530 Interactive Theory and Audience
Communications 562 Citizen and Participatory News
General Studies  307 The Future, Now

Grants Awarded

More than a quarter million dollars in grants, other funding and travel support have been awarded for work, including the following projects:

(2013) Pew Internet Project. Two-year agreement to formulate and execute a contract research project, planning and developing the sixth Future of the Internet survey for Pew Research.

(2003-ongoing) Imagining the Internet Center, $7,500 to $12,000 annually in funding provided by Elon University.

(2012) Global INET 20. The Internet Society funded travel expenses for team of 11 students, faculty, staff from Elon University to complete documentary research at its 20th anniversary conference and at the inaugural Internet Hall of Fame Ceremony, where the Elon team members were the only invited journalists.

(2012) IGF-USA. With C. Donohue. The Steering Committee of IGF-USA funded travel expenses for a team of 20 students and two staff from Elon University to complete documentary research at its 4th annual conference in Washington, DC.

(2012) Pew Internet Project. With R. Springer. Donation made to the Imagining the Internet Center for work completed on the web-based survey instrument for the Future of the Internet V survey.

(2011-12) Senior researcher, Pew Internet & American Life Project. Future of the Internet Survey V. Data sorting, classification, analysis, writing, and editing for the fifth Future of the Internet survey for the Pew Internet & American Life Project and beginning to gather together the resulting data set, which yielded eight Pew Research reports for release in 2012.

(2011-2012) Always On: How Ambient Information is Changing the World and How It Can Change Your Life. Elon University Faculty Research and Development Sabbatical Award. Spring 2011.

(2011) Senior contract researcher, Pew Internet & American Life Project. Future of the Internet Survey V. Researching, writing, programming, and fielding the question set for the fifth Future of the Internet survey for the Pew Internet & American Life Project and beginning to gather together the resulting data set, which will yield eight Pew Research reports in 2012.

(2011) Always On, Associate Provost Special Grant in support of travel to do research in the Silicon Valley for Spring Semester 2012 sabbatical book project.

(2011) Winter Term Student-Engagement Grant. Awarded in a review by peers. Purpose: To extend the course experience outside the scheduled course hours with engaged student-learning activities at night.

(2010) Senior contract researcher, Pew Internet & American Life Project. Taking the lead in research, writing and web-building for "The Future of the Internet IV," an assessment of what internet professionals, scientists, tech journalists, and other leaders see as the future of networked communications.

(2010) FutureWeb. WWW 2010 Steering Committee underwriting of operational costs for a 22-event, 60-speaker collocated conference with the global World Wide Web 2010 conference. Hosted by Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center, led by students in my Winter 2010 Future of the Web course.

(2009) “The Future of the Internet IV.” Elon University Faculty Research and Development Committee Summer Fellowship Award.

(2008) “Environmental Visions: A Magazine About the World We Live In and the World We Want to Live In.” With S. Spray, C. Kircher, M. Kleckner, M. Strickland, J. MacFall, D. Redington, K. Hassell. Fund for Excellence in the Arts and Sciences, Elon University.

(2008) “MoJo V Tools: Visual Thinking for Multiplatform Journalism.” Elon University Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning Grant.

(2008) Senior contract researcher, Pew Internet & American Life Project. Taking the lead in research, writing and web-building for "The Future of the Internet III."

(2007) “Ethnographic Research: The First Internet Governance Forum.” Elon University Faculty Research and Development Committee Summer Fellowship Award.

(2007) "The Future of Internet Policy," an on-site survey of participants at the Internet Governance Forum, 2007, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. With C.L. Book. Pew Internet & American Life Project.

(2006) Senior contract researcher for the Pew Internet & American Life Project, taking the lead in research, writing and web-building for "The Future of the Internet II."

(2005) Senior contract researcher for the Pew Internet & American Life Project, taking the lead in research, writing and web-building for the Experts Survey 2006 (later renamed "Future of the Internet I”).

(2004) Pew Internet & American Life Project for research assistance, writing and web-building for the “Experts Survey 2004.”

(2003) "Elon-Pew Internet Predictions Database, Imagining the Internet.” Pew Internet & American Life Project grant to underwrite a gathering of more than 4,000 historic direct quotes gathered in a content study of statements made between 1990 and 1995 about the future of the new communications medium.

(2003) “High School Journalism Workshop.” Project Pericles award to Society of Professional Journalists to host a journalism workshop for area high school students and a Cummings High School teacher who had just begun a new student newspaper.

(2000) "One Neighborhood, One Week on the Internet." Pew Internet & American Life Project to underwrite research into how people in one small-town neighborhood are getting online.

(2000) "One Neighborhood, One Week on the Internet." Elon University Provost’s Office.

(2000) "Cameras In the Classroom." Elon University Course Enhancement Grant for a project to teach journalism students about digital visual-information gathering.

Publications

BOOKS

ARTICLES AND FUNDED RESEARCH REPORTS

  • (2013) “Future Information Seekers—Savvy Or Shallow? Experts Expect ‘Born-Digital’ Generation AO Youth to Benefit and Suffer Due to Their Always-On Lives.” Tabula: Journal of Archivists (Spain). June.

  • (2013) “Individualization of Higher Education: How Technology Evolution Can Revolutionize Opportunities for Teaching and Learning.” International Social Science Journal, United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization.

  • (2013) “The Impact of Internet on the Future of Higher Education.” With L. Rainie. Research in Higher Education of Engineering (China-based journal for professors of engineering). Serial No. 140, No.3.

  • (2012) “The Future Impact of the Internet on Higher Education: Experts Expect More-Efficient Collaborative Environments and New Grading Schemes; They Worry About Massive Online Courses, the Shift Away from Campus Life.” With L. Rainie. Pew Internet Project of the Pew Research Center. July 27. http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2012/Future-of-Higher-Education.aspx.

  • (2012) “Big Data: Experts Say New Forms Are Helping Us Be More Nimble and Adaptive, But They Worry Over Humans’ Capacity to Understand and Use New Tools Well.” With L. Rainie. Pew Internet Project of the Pew Research Center. July 20. http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2012/Future-of-Big-Data.aspx.

  • (2012) “Corporate Responsibility and the Internet: How Far Will Tech Firms Go in Helping Repressive Regimes?” With L. Rainie. Pew Internet Project of the Pew Research Center. July 5. http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2012/Future-of-Corporate-Responsibility.aspx.

  • (2012) “Smart Systems: Experts Think Tech-Enhanced Homes, Appliances, and Utilities Will Spread, But They Advise, Don’t Expect to See the Home of the Future By 2020.” With L. Rainie. Pew Internet Project of the Pew Research Center. June 29. http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2012/Future-of-Smart-Systems.aspx.

  • (2012) “Gamification and the Internet: Experts Expect ‘Game Layers’ to Expand in the Future, with Positive, Negative Results.” With L. Rainie. Games for Health Journal: Research, Development, And Clinical Applications. Vol. 1, No. 4. http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1089/g4h.2012.0027.

  • (2012) “Getting Into the Gamification? Expect ‘Game Layers’ to Expand, With Positive and Negative Impacts." With L. Rainie. Pew Internet Project of the Pew Research Center. May 18. http://www.pewinternet.org/~/media/Files/Reports/2012/PIP_Future_of_Internet_2012_Gamification.pdf.

  • (2012) “What IS Your Wallet? By 2020 Most Smartphones Could Be E-wallets, But Only If Industry Supports It." With L. Rainie. Pew Internet Project of the Pew Research Center. April 17. http://www.pewinternet.org/~/media//Files/Reports/2012/PIP_Future_of_Money.pdf.

  • (2012) “The Web Is Dead? No, Experts Expect Apps, Web to Converge In the Cloud, Say Simplicity for Users Will Come At a Cost." With L. Rainie. Pew Internet Project of the Pew Research Center. March 23. http://www.pewinternet.org/~/media/Files/Reports/2012/PIP_Future_of_Apps_and_Web.pdf.

  • (2012) “Millennials Will Benefit and Suffer Due to Their Hyperconnected Lives." With L. Rainie. Pew Internet Project of the Pew Research Center. Feb. 29. http://www.pewinternet.org/~/media//Files/Reports/2012/PIP_Future_of_Internet_2012_Young_Brains_PDF.pdf.

  • (2011) “Good Gizmos and Good Governance: Will New Technologies Encourage Better Political Engagement?” With J. Pahlka, G. Curtin, M. Jackson, E. Aboujaoude. Zócalo Public Square Center for Social Cohesion. Available online at http://zocalopublicsquare.org/thepublicsquare/2011/10/25/good-gizmos-and-good-governance/read/up-for-discussion/.

  • (2011) “Future Libraries: Return on Investment 2020. " With A. Havens and T. Story. OCLC NextSpace. Vol. 17, Winter. Also available online at http://www.oclc.org/nextspace/default.htm.

  • (2010) “Responses to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development Request for Consultations on Improvements to the Internet Governance Forum.” UNCTAD. November 24. Also available online at http://www.unctad.info/en/CstdWG/Contributions and http://www.unctad.info/upload/CSTD-IGF/IGFsummary.pdf.

  • (2010) “Comments on Advancing Open Internet Policy Through Analysis Distinguishing Open Internet from Specializing Network Services.” With S. Bradner, B. Frankston, S. Johnson, D. Reed, S. Wozniak, et al. Federal Communications Commission. Comments of Various Advocates for the Open Internet GN Docket No. 09-191. November 4. Available online at http://www.scribd.com/doc/41002510/On-Advancing-the-Open-Internet-by-Distinguishing-it-from-Specialized-Services.

  • (2010) “Remaking Education for a New Century.” Contributed to World Future Society’s “Strategies and Technologies for a Sustainable Future,” a supplemental proceedings publication tied to the World Future 2010 conference. Pages 3-6. ISBN 9780930242671.

  • (2010) “Millennials Will Make Online Sharing in Networks a Lifelong Habit." With L. Rainie. Pew Internet Project of the Pew Research Center. July 9. http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2010/Future-of-Millennials.aspx.

  • (2010) “The Future of Social Relations." With L. Rainie. Pew Internet Project of the Pew Research Center. July 2. http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2010/The-future-of-social-relations.aspx.

  • (2010) “The Future of Cloud Computing." With L. Rainie. Pew Internet Project of the Pew Research Center. June 11. http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2010/The-future-of-cloud-computing.aspx.

  • (2010) “The Fate of the Semantic Web." With L. Rainie. Pew Internet Project of the Pew Research Center. May 4. http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2010/Semantic-Web.aspx.

  • (2010) “The Impact of the Internet on Institutions in the Future." With L. Rainie. Pew Internet Project of the Pew Research Center. March 29. http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2010/Impact-of-the-Internet-on-Institutions-in-the-Future.aspx.

  • (2010) "The Future of the Internet IV: Challenges and Opportunities." With L. Rainie. Pew Internet Project of the Pew Research Center. February 19. http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2010/Future-of-the-Internet-IV.aspx.

  • (2009) "US Control Over Internet Hotly Disputed. " ITWire. November 22. Also available online at http://www.itwire.com/your-it-news/home-it/29530-us-control-over-internet-hotly-disputed.

  • (2009) “God Did It, Why Can’t We? ‘Net 10 Commandments. " Ars Technica. November 23. Available online at http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2009/11/god-did-it-why-cant-we-un-ponders-net-10-commandments.ars.

  • (2009) "Spurring IPv6 Upgrades Through Cash for (Network) Clunkers." Ars Technica. November 19. Available online at http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2009/11/spurring-ipv6-upgrades-through-cash-for-network-clunkers.ars.

  • (2009) "IGF Attendees: America, Surrender Root Zone File." Ars Technica. November 18. Available online at http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2009/11/igf-2009-america-surrender-the-root-zone-file.ars.

  • (2009) "Tim Berners-Lee Launches WWW Foundation." Ars Technica. November 16. Available online at http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2009/11/tim-berners-lee-launches-www-foundation-at-igf-2009.ars.

  • (2009) "The Power Struggle Over Information Access and Control in a Highly Networked Age." Silicon India. March 2009, Page A25 Opinions/Editorial cover. Also available online at http://www.siliconindia.net/guestcontributor/guestarticle/135/Information_Explosion__Means_You_Wont_Own_Your_Data_Janna_Quitney_Anderson.html.

  • (2008) "Internet Governance Policy and the Future of the Internet." With L. DeNardis and C. Book. Feedback, journal of the Broadcast Education Association, November.

  • (2008) “A Day to Celebrate the Glories of the Internet.” Greensboro News & Record. OpEd pages. August 29. Available online at http://www.news-record.com/content/2008/08/29/article/anderson_a_day_to_celebrate_glories_of_the_internet.

  • (2008) "Celebrating the Web Times a Trillion. " Burlington Times-News, Op-Ed pages. September 22. Also available online at http://www.thetimesnews.com/articles/web-28263-time-onewebday.html.

  • (2008) "Realizing the Global Promise of the Internet: The Future of Internet Governance." With C. Book. Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project. Survey of participants in the UN-administrated Internet Governance Forum in Rio de Janeiro in November 2007, published August. Also available online at http://www.pewinternet.org/PPF/r/260/report_display.asp.

  • (2007) “Shared Governance of the Web is Vital to the Greater Good.” Greensboro News & Record. OpEd Section, Page 3.

  • (2007) “Who Should Control the Internet?” Raleigh News & Observer. Section Q, Page 1. November 11 . Also available online at http://www.newsobserver.com/news/q/story/768451.html.

  • (2006) "The Future of the Internet II." With L. Rainie. The 2006 Internet Experts Survey for the Pew Internet Project of the Pew Research Center. A look at what more than 700 Internet stakeholders are predicting life will be like in 2020. http://207.21.232.103/PPF/r/188/report_display.asp.

  • (2005) "The Future of the Internet I." With L. Rainie. January 9. The 2006 Internet Experts Survey for the Pew Internet Project of the Pew Research Center. http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2005/The-Future-of-the-Internet.aspx.

  • (2001) "One Neighborhood, One Week on the Internet." With L. Rainie. USA Today feature story package, July 31. This full-page package of articles I wrote about an Elon University research study also appeared in the Cincinnati Enquirer, Shreveport Times, Reno Gazette-Journal, Detroit News, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, Sioux Falls Argus Leader and dozens of other Gannett papers.

  • (2001) "Ethics for Digital Information Providers." Poynter Institute for Media Studies Media Ethics Bibliography, online: http://www.poynter.org/research/biblio/bib_me.htm.

  • (2001) "An Analysis of Internet Adopters." Q methodology study with B. Lee. Operant Subjectivity, October 25.

  • (2001) "Newspaper Online Editors Support Traditional Standards." With D. Arant. Newspaper Research Journal, Fall Issue.

  • (2000) "Why Don't People Embrace the Internet? An Analysis of Assimilators, Hoppers and Sensors." With B. Lee. Working Papers, Pew Internet Project of the Pew Research Center.

WEB-BASED SCHOLARSHIP

Imagining the Internet: A History and Forecast, a project of the Imagining the Internet Center, an initiative of Elon University’s School of Communications, is an online documentation of the evolution of the Internet that includes more than 6,500 pages of data. It is being archived by the U.S. Library of Congress Web Archive, and is considered a primary source describing the evolution of communications. It is a featured Internet Society “history” site. It is a permanent link on the Pew Internet & American Life site; PDF files of Future of the Internet studies have been downloaded hundreds of thousands of times by global communications policymakers, futurists, researchers, consultants, and the general public. The site has been featured in articles by the BBC, Le Monde, the New York Times, and hundreds of other regional and international news publications across the globe. (http://www.imaginingtheinternet.org). This resource is being updated annually with major content. In addition to the deep data from the “Future of the Internet” surveys it fields with Pew Internet, among the major pieces planned, carried out, and posted online on Imagining the Internet by director Janna Anderson:

  • (2013) “Documentary Interviews of Inductees into the Internet Hall of Fame.” With N. Clark, et. al. Berlin, Germany. August. http://www.elon.edu/e-web/predictions/Internet_Hall_of_Fame_2013.xhtml. Organized and served as editor and Web developer, leading a seven-person faculty/staff/student team in compiling documentary video interviews at the second-ever Internet Hall of Fame induction, including exclusive interviews with the top engineers and innovators who helped develop and evolve the Internet.

  • (2013) “Documentary Video Survey: World Technology Policy Forum and World Summit on the Information Society.” With B. Walsh, J. Morse, J. Bruno, R. Greene, B. Mezerski. Geneva, Switzerland. May 13-16. http://www.elon.edu/e-web/imagining/event-coverage/wtpf_wsis_2013/default.xhtml. Led an assistant professor and four students in conducting a policy survey of participants at the United Nations- and International Telecommunication Union-facilitated global conferences on future Internet policy concerns. The team shot and edited more than 300 video clips with answers to six policy questions. I created the opportunity, recruited and prepared the team, and made arrangements for its successful connection with global Internet leaders at the conference. I made the Web pages, wrote the copy, wrote video captions, organized the videos, linked the pages, and promoted the work.

  • (2012) “Documentary Coverage of the Fourth Internet Governance Forum-USA.” With C. Donohue, B. Baker, et. al. Washington, DC, July 26. http://www.elon.edu/e-web/predictions/igf_usa/igf_usa_2012.xhtml. I led 23 people in compiling in-depth written reports, video coverage, still photography documenting the major public policy events of IGF-USA – used as official documentation on the IGF-USA site and in written reports to the United Nations’ Internet Governance Forum Secretariat.

  • (2012) “INET 20: The 20th Anniversary Conference and Inaugural Hall of Fame Ceremony of the Internet Society.” With D. Anderson, B. Meyer, et al. Geneva, Switzerland. April 22-24.  http://www.elon.edu/e-web/predictions/isoc_20th_2012/default.xhtml. Led 12 people (including nine students) in compiling video, still photography, written reports in long form and social media in real-time and near-real-time – used as official documentation of major technology policy event. In three days we produced a short film presented at the closing plenary to members of the Internet Hall of Fame and ISOC members, nearly 500 still photos, 200 video clips, real-time reporting using social media tools such as Twitter and 18 full-length written documentary reports on major events of the three-day conference.

  • (2011) “Documentary Video Survey: The Future of the Internet.” With R. Landesberg, N. Chadwick, K. Coleman, S. Baranowski. Nairobi, Kenya. Sept. 26-30. http://www.elon.edu/e-web/predictions/igf_2011/default.xhtml. More than 500 video clips and still photos recorded in an on-site survey of experts at the Global Internet Governance Forum.

  • (2011) “Documentary Coverage of the Third Internet Governance Forum-USA.” With C. Donohue, et al. Washington, DC. July 18. http://www.elon.edu/e-web/predictions/igf_usa/igf_usa_2011.xhtml. Led 25 people in compiling video, still photography, written reports in long form and social media in real-time and near-real-time – used as official documentation of the 14 major U.S. technology policy events by IGF-USA http://www.igf-usa.us/.

  • (2010) “Internet Governance Forum – Vilnius, Lithuania.” With G. Scott, K. Bennett, A. Smith, and S. Baranowski. More than 400 video clips and still photos and 20 written reports from the United Nations-facilitated global Internet Governance Forum. November 14-17. http://www.elon.edu/e-web/predictions/igf_2010/default.xhtml.

  • (2010) “Documentary Coverage of the Second Internet Governance Forum-USA.” With C. Donohue, et al. Washington, DC. July 21. http://www.elon.edu/e-web/predictions/igf_usa/igf_usa_2010.xhtml.

  • (2010) “World Wide Web 2010 FutureWeb.” With D. Anderson, D. Morton, et al. More than 110 video clips, hundreds of photos and two dozen articles collect the thoughts of 60 internationally known experts on the future of the Web, including Tim Berners-Lee, Vint Cerf, danah boyd, Marc Rotenberg, Danny Weitzner, Andrew McLaughlin. April. http://www.elon.edu/e-web/predictions/futureweb2010/default.xhtml.

  • (2009) “Internet Governance Forum – Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.” With A. Diemer, A. Smith, S. Russell, E. Daniel and D. Anderson. More than 270 video clips and 20 written reports. November 20. http://www.elon.edu/e-web/predictions/igf_egypt/default.xhtml.

  • (2009) “Documentary Coverage of the Inaugural IGF-USA.” With C. Donohue, M. Little, A. Barnas, et al. Washington, DC. October 2. http://www.elon.edu/e-web/predictions/igf_usa/igf_usa_2009.xhtml.

  • (2008) “Internet Governance Forum – Hyderabad, India.” December 26. http://www.elon.edu/e-web/predictions/internet_governance_forum_2008.xhtml.

  • (2008) “OECD Future of the Internet Economy Ministerial Meeting.” With G. Scott, A. Barnas, C. Campbell. June. http://www.elon.edu/e-web/predictions/internet_governance_forum_2006.xhtml.

  • (2007) “Internet Governance Forum – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.” With C.L. Book, D. Anderson, A. Nicholson, M. Hammerbacher, D. Lewis, E. Gradwell. November 11-14. http://www.elon.edu/e-web/predictions/internet_governance_forum_2007.xhtml.

  • (2006) “Internet Governance Forum – Athens, Greece.” With E. Barnett. October 30-November 2. http://www.elon.edu/e-web/predictions/internet_governance_forum_2006.xhtml.

  • (2006) “Metaverse Roadmap Summit at Stanford Research International.” With D. Anderson. Recordings of 24 video and audio interviews from sessions about the future of technology at Stanford Research Institute International, May 5-6. http://www.elon.edu/e-web/predictions/metaverse/default.xhtml.

  • (2005) “Accelerating Change: A Futurists Conference at Stanford University.” With B. Baker, S. Myrick. Recordings of 22 people and a 13-minute film documenting hopes and fears for the future of the Internet at this global futurists event at Stanford University. http://www.elon.edu/e-web/predictions/accelerating_change_2005.xhtml.

  • (2003-Present) “Voices of the People – Your Predictions Database.” Curator of contributions shared by the general public – their predictions for the future of communications. http://www.elon.edu/predictions/RecentPredictions.aspx.

  • (2003) “The Early ‘90s Internet Predictions Database.” With C.L. Book, et al. Compilation of research conducted by more than 60 people into the witty forecasts made by smart people in the 1990s about the Internet’s future. http://www.elon.edu/e-web/predictions/early90s/.

  • (2001) “One Neighborhood, One Week on the Internet.” With D. Anderson, and 26 undergraduate students. Compilation of research report on students’ week-long observation and interviews with 25 families (a total of 65 individuals) in Elon, NC, in January 2001 about their Internet use. Also became a full-page published article in USA Today. http://org.elon.edu/pew/oneweek/.

Presentations

(2013) “Potential Future Implications and Impacts of Big Data.” With L. Rainie. Baltimore Data Day, Federal Reserve Bank, Maryland. July 11.

(2013) “Evolving Opinions On Potential Impacts of Advances In Human-Information Interfaces.” Corning Display Futures Workshop. Corning, New York. April 16.

(2012) “Networked and Hyperconnected: The New Social and Work Operating System.” With L. Rainie. National Conference of State Legislators. Denver, Colorado. October 11.

(2012) “Networked Learners.” With L. Rainie. Free Learning 2.0. Virtual Conference. August 22.

(2012) “Digital Technology Impacts: Results of the Future of the Internet V Survey.” With L. Rainie. Keynote talk at World Future 2012. Toronto, Canada. July 27. http://pewinternet.org/Presentations/2012/July/Digital-technology-impacts-by-2020.aspx

(2012) “SENSE: Imagining the Internet.” Keynote talk at Internet Human/Human Internet: Technologies Creating a More Human Web. Institute for the Future Technologies Horizons Program hosted by the Institute for the Future. San Jose, California. May 16.

(2012) “Learning in the Digital Age.” With L. Rainie. Minitex ILL Conference. Minneapolis, Minnesota. May 10.

(2012) “Digital Differences and Money.” With L. Rainie. NYSE Center for Financial Services Innovation Financial Literacy Week. New York, New York. April 13.

(2012) “The Shifting Education Landscape: Networked Learning.” With L. Rainie. National Repository of Online Courses Annual Meeting. Monterey, California. March 26.

(2012) “The New Normal in the Digital Age.” With L. Rainie. National Federation of Advanced Information Services Annual Conference. Baltimore, Maryland. February 26.

(2012) “Speaking the Language of the Next Generation.” With L. Rainie. Conference of the National Religious Broadcasters. Nashville, Tennessee. February 18.

(2011) “The Future of Technology and the Future of Learning.” Keynote talk at MobilityShifts: An International Future of Learning Summit. New York, New York. October 14.

(2011) “Challenges and Opportunities: The Future of the Internet.” Closing keynote speech at Global Webcom 10. Montreal, Canada. May 11.

(2011) “Internet Evolution: Hyperconnected, Hyper-real.” South By Southwest Interactive. Austin, Texas. March 15.

(2011) “Imagining the Internet.” Danish Top Executives Summit: Prepare for Developmental Leaps, Innovation Junctions, and Exponential Growth. Video appearance; also televised on Danish National Television. Copenhagen, Denmark. January 24.

(2010) “The Distributed Future.” With L. Rainie. NSDL Conference: Celebrating a Digital Decade and Envisioning the Next. National Science Digital Library. Washington, DC. November 2.

(2010) “What’s Next for the Net? Unique Perspectives on Online Trends.” With E. Hsiung, W. Carroll, S. Wilson. ConvergeSouth Conference. Greensboro, NC. October 1.

(2010) “Digital rEvolution: Opportunities and Challenges for Knowledge Sharing Today and Tomorrow.” Keynote at the 7th regional Teaching and Learning Conference. Elon, NC, August 19.

(2010) “The iPad Initiative: What We Have Learned.” With D. Grady, R. Piland, V. Costello. Broadcast Education Association Regional Conference. Elon University. September.

(2010) “Internet Evolution: Where Hyperconnectivity and Ambient Intimacy Take Us.” With L. Rainie, M. Nelson. World Future 2010: Sustainable Futures, Strategies, and Technologies. Boston, MA. July 11.

(2010) “The Future of the Internet.” With L. Rainie. National Geographic hosts Digital Capital Week. Washington, DC. June 15.

(2010) “The New Networked Citizens.” With L. Rainie. Policy@Google talk. Mountain View, CA. May 20.

(2010) “The Future of the Web.” With L. Rainie. World Wide Web 2010 FutureWeb conference. Raleigh, NC. April 28.

(2010) “The Impact of the Internet on Institutions in the Future." With L. Rainie. Capital Cabal. Washington, DC, March 29.

(2010) “The Future of the Internet.” With L. Rainie. Conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. San Diego, CA, February 19.

(2009) "Transnationalization of Internet Governance." With R. Kahn, W. Kleinwachter, J. Malcolm, R. Pepper, I. Peter, A. Kovacs. Internet Governance Forum. Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, November 15.

(2009) “Gen-Next’s Online Future.” With N. James, et al. Internet Governance Forum-USA. Washington, DC. October.

(2008) “Multi-Platform Communications.” Workshop for Elon University School of Communications faculty. August 22.

(2008) “Teaching the Future: In a Time of Drastic Change, It is the Learners Who Inherit the Future.” With J. Coker. Innovation in Instruction Conference. Elon University. August 21.

(2008) “Doing Project-Based Student-Faculty Research in an Online Format.” Elon University School of Communications Faculty Scholarship Committee presentation.

(2008) "Internet Governance Policy and the Future of the Internet." With L. DeNardis, M. Farrell, E. Barnett, C. Book. Broadcast Education Association. Las Vegas. April 17.

(2007) "Teaching International News Reporting." With T. Nelson, R. Landesberg, M. Whitehouse. Broadcast Education Association. Las Vegas. April 16.

(2008) “Students Facing Culture Shock in Second Life.” With T. Crider and M. Conklin. Elon University Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning. March 12.

(2006) "The Future and Social Networks." Social Software Symposium, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, December 8.

(2005) "Imagining the Internet." Accelerating Change 2005: Artificial Intelligence and Intelligence Amplification, Stanford University, Palo Alto, Calif., September 17.

(2003) "Internet Use: Comparison of Adults with College Students." With B. Lee. The International Society for the Scientific Study of Subjectivity (ISSSS) 19th annual Q Conference, Kent State University, October 3.

(2001) "Why Don't People Embrace the Internet? An Analysis of Assimilators, Hoppers and Sensors." With B. Lee. The International Society for the Scientific Study of Subjectivity (ISSSS) 17th annual Q Conference, Ball State University, October 19.

(2001) "Online Newspaper Ethics." With D. Arant. Associated Collegiate Press/College Media Advisers Conference, New Orleans, October 26.

(2000) "Defamation in Cyberspace: A New Category Has Been Established for Internet Service Providers." Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Southeast Colloquium, Chapel Hill, NC, March 17.

(2000) "Online Media Ethics: A Survey of U.S. Daily Newspaper Editors." With D. Arant. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Conference, Phoenix, Ariz., August 9.

(2000) "Online Newspaper Ethics." With D. Arant. Associated Collegiate Press/College Media Advisers Conference, Washington, DC, November 9.

Professional Activities

  • Mainstage speaker at Acceleration Studies Foundation conference Accelerating Change.
  • Presenter at the South By Southwest Interactive conference in Austin, Texas.
  • Keynoter at Webcom, MobilityShifts and other venues.
  • Consultant to technology industry.
  • Reviewer for the journal New Media & Society.
  • Director of Imagining the Internet: A History and Forecast, and author and co-editor of the the Pew Internet Project's series of "Future of the Internet" surveys.
  • Member of the Internet Society.
  • Editorial Board member, Newspaper Research Journal.
  • Director of the FutureWeb conference and member of the organizing committee of the WWW2010 international conference.
  • Lead author of the "Future of the Internet" book series published by Cambria Press and sole author of "Imagining the Internet: Personalities, Predictions, Perspectives."
  • Led ethnographic interview research at the Internet Governance Forums in Athens, Greece; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt; Vilnius, Lithuania; Nairobi, Kenya; the Internet Society's 20th Anniversary INET in Geneva; the Word Technology Policy Forum in Geneva; the Internet Engineering Task Force meeting and Internet Hall of Fame, Berlin, Germany.
  • Mentored more than 400 students in undergraduate research or documentary journalism work that has been published for local/regional/global audiences, including many National Conferences on Undergraduate Research presenters.
  • Contributor to the State of the Future reports annually published by The Millennium Project.
  • Member of the Association of Internet Researchers.
  • Winner of Webby Awards Honoree designation, judge for the Webby Awards and winners of multiple national awards for website design.

Skills

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.

Awards

(2013) Elon University School of Communications Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award, awarded to a faculty member who is excellent in the classroom, current in the discipline, and committed to student learning at a high level.

(2012) Elon University School of Communications nominee for the national Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications Journalism Teacher of the Year Award.

(2011) Computerworld Honors Laureate – longest-running global program to honor individuals and organizations that use information technology to promote positive social, economic and educational change. Selected from more than 1,000 nominations from 23 countries.

(2011) Tech Awards Laureate Nominee – Internet Protocol co-inventor Vint Cerf, a vice president at Google, and global and national Internet Governance Forum leader Marilyn Cade nominated Imagining the Internet for this international award in the “Education” category, recognizing our work to apply innovative solutions to address improving the human condition through the use of technology.

(2011) Elon University School of Communications Excellence in Scholarship Award, recognizing scholarly work of the highest quality, advancing the school’s reputation, and mentoring students in undergraduate research.

(2011) Selected by student members of Elon University’s chapter of Omnicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society, for the honor of being leadership faculty chosen for induction into ODK.

(2011) “Imagining the Internet at IGF-2010.” With K. Bennett, D. Smith, S. Baranowski, G. Scott. Broadcast Education Association, first place, Student Interactive Multimedia Competition BEA Festival of Media Arts. Las Vegas, April.

(2010 and 2009 – two consecutive years) Elon University’s nominee for Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching U.S. Professors of the Year.

(2009) “IGF-Rio Issues Videos.” With E. Gradwell, A. Nicholson, D. Lewis, M. Hammerbacher. Broadcast Education Association, first place, Educationl/Instructional Category BEA Festival of Media Arts. Las Vegas.

(2008 and 2009) One Web Day Ambassador – one of 100 selected globally.

(2008) National Journalism Teacher of the Year. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication News Division.

(2008) Network World Newsmaker of the Week. Global recognition by top publication of information networking. December 18.

(2007) Webby Awards Honoree, Science Category. Elon/Pew Internet "Imagining the Internet" research website. Top 15 percent of more than 8,000 international entries.

(2007) Best of the Competition Award - Broadcast Education Association Interactive Multimedia Competition. "Imagining the Internet" honored for highest quality of the competition. Las Vegas. April.

(2006) American Library Association CHOICE Award. “Imagining the Internet: Personalities, Predictions, Perspectives.” Honored for being among the top 10 percent of the 7,000 reviewed academic titles.

(2006) Elon University School of Communications Excellence in Service and Leadership Award, recognizing service and leadership advancing the school’s mission and reputation.

(2005) Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Best of the Web Competition Second-Place Award. "Imagining the Internet" research website development. San Antonio. August.

(2003) Broadcast Education Association Best of Festival Award/Interactive Multimedia. Elon University School of Communications website development. Las Vegas. April.

(2003) Broadcast Education Association Best of the Competition Award – Educational/Instructional Site. Elon University School of Communications website development. Las Vegas. April.

(2003) Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Best of the Web Competition First-Place Award for Elon University School of Communications website. Kansas City. August.