The 1,286 participants in the Elon University/Pew
Internet 2004 Experts Survey were allowed to retain complete
anonymity or they could enter their names while retaining the
right to keep their answers anonymous; many longtime Internet
luminaries chose to remain completely anonymous, and their names
are not in the following compilation, nor are they used in any
aspect of the final report. The survey respondents also had
the opportunity to elect on each and every question they were
asked whether or not they chose to have their name tied to their
answer. The following list of more than 100 biographies is a
sample to give a brief illustration of the expertise and background
typical of most of the participants in this portion of the Imagining
the Internet database. If you know
of a specific person you would like to look up, click on the
beginning letter of a predictor's last name in order to take
a short-cut to his or her biography:
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University of Texas-San Antonio: Adams-Means researches
the social migration of special populations to an information
society; telecommunications policy; the use of new media by minorities;
and the use of new-media strategies in education and business.
Lois Ambash, Metaforix Incorporated: Ambash is
from New York, and in addition to being president of her own web
PR company, she serves on the board of the Internet Healthcare
Coalition and on URAC's Health Web Site Accreditation Committee.
She is a columnist for LLRX.com (a law and technology website)
and a contributor to 2young2retire.com (a site for people seeking
alternatives to retirement), and also contributes to other print
and online venues.
Gary Arlen, Arlen Communications Inc.; Alwyn Group LLC:
Arlen is president of his Bethesda-based research and consulting
firm that specializes in interactive program content. He is known
for his insights into the development of applications, especially
interactive content for Internet, two-way TV and other emerging
Reid Ashe, Media General, Inc.: Ashe is the president
and chief operating officer of the most-converged news media company
in the United States; Media General's Tampa news operation, for
instance, has its TV station, newspaper and online unit all sharing
the same space and resources. Ashe had previously been an executive
with Knight Ridder.
Rob Atkinson, Progressive Policy Institute: Atkinson
is vice president of this think tank and the director of its "Technology
and New Economy Project." He was previously project director at
the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, and in 1995
he directed "The Technological Reshaping of Metropolitan America."
He is a board member or advisory council member of the Alliance
for Public Technology, Information Policy Institute, Internet
Education Foundation, NanoBusiness Alliance and NetChoice Coalition.
He also serves on the advisory panel to Americans for Computer
Gary Bachula, Internet2: Bachula
is vice president for external relations for Internet2. Prior
to that he was acting under secretary of Commerce for Technology
at the U.S. Department of Commerce, where he led formation of
Paul Baker, Georgia Centers for Advanced Telecommunications
Technology: Baker is a senior research scientist and
the Wireless RERC Project Director of "Policy Initiatives" to
support universal access. He is also an affiliate assistant professor
at the George Mason University School of Public Policy in Fairfax,
Virginia. His areas of research interest include public-sector
information-policy development and state and local government
use of information and communication technologies (ICTs).
Troy Barker, ICF Consulting: Barker works with
a management, technology and policy consulting firm that develops
solutions in regard to energy, environment, homeland security,
community development and transportation.
Jordi Barrat i Esteve, Electronic Voting Observatory,
Universitat Rovira i Virgili: Barrat i Esteve's research
is concentrated on e-voting. His university is located in Tarragona,
Christine Boese, CNN Headline News: Boese is
also a cyberculture researcher and a columnist for CNN.com. She
has also worked as a consultant and a college professor. Her areas
of research interest include Cyberculture Studies, Weblogs, Social
Network Computing, Interaction Architecture and Hypermedia & Multimedia
Bill Booher, Booher & Associates: Booher served
as deputy assistant secretary for Technology Policy at the U.S.
Department of Commerce, chief of staff at the National Telecommunications
and Information Administration, George H.W. Bush's policy advisory
group on domestic and international telecommunications issues.
Mike Botein, Media Center, New York Law School: Botein
is also one of the voices in the 1990-95 Predictions Database.
He was founding director of the Communications Media Center at
New York University Law School. His expertise in international
telecommunications law and the regulation of cable television
and new technologies have made him a valuable consultant to the
FCC and the Administrative Conference of the United States. He
wrote "International Telecommunications in the United States."
and "Cases and Materials on Regulation of the Electronic Mass
James Brancheau, vice president, Gartner Research: Brancheau's
experience includes work as an entrepreneur and founding principal
of Solista Global - a global emerging-technology consulting firm,
managing director of Solista-Europe and lead planner for major
ITV launch, editor of O'Reilly learning series on Web Applications
Development, CIO in the higher-education sector, software engineer
and Web designer. He has been active in research centered on network
technology since the early 1990s. He is an expert on the speed
of adoption of new technologies and the new digital home.
Bradford C. Brown, National Center for Technology and
Law: Brown is a columnist for InformationWeek and serves
as chairman of the National Center for Technology and Law at the
George Mason University School of Law. Topics of his columns have
ranged from RFID to e-voting.
Jonathan Band, partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP: Band's
work for this Washington, D.C.-based law firm is concentrated
in the areas of intellectual property, computers and software,
privacy and Internet and new media.
Laura Breeden, director, America Connects Consortium, Education
Development Center: Breeden's group, ACC, was established
by the U.S. Department of Education in 2000 to strengthen community
technology centers. Previously, she was an independent consultant
focusing on Internet strategies and organizational development.
Her clients included SRI International, the Morino Institute,
the James Irvine Foundation, and other leading institutions that
study, develop, and promote the use of network technologies. From
1994 to 1996, Breeden was director of a highly competitive, multi-million-dollar
federal grant program (now known as TOP) designed to demonstrate
the benefits of the "information superhighway" in the public sector.
Under her leadership, more than 200 organizations received a total
of $60 million for innovative community projects.
Michael Buerger, Bowling Green University/Police Futurists
International/Futures Working Group: Buerger has been
a visiting Fellow at the National Institute of Justice, served
as director of the Minneapolis Office of the Crime Control Institute,
and was research director for the Jersey City (N.J.) Police Department.
He is a charter member of the Futures Working Group (FWG), a collaborative
agreement between Police Futurists International and the Federal
Bureau of Investigation. He is co-author of an FWG white paper
on Augmented Reality (AR) systems for police.
Kate Carruthers, Carruthers Consulting:
Carruthers' consulting business is based in Australia,
where she previously worked with the New South Wales Government
as Program Director. She is a former chair of the Institute of
Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Computer Society in
NSW. She is on the steering committee for Females in Information
Technology & Communications.
Eliot Chabot, senior systems analyst, House Information
Resources: Chabot works for the information-technology
office for the U.S. House of Representatives.
Gary Chapman, University of Texas at Austin: Chapman
is director of the 21st Century Project at the graduate school
for public policy at the University of Texas. He was executive
director of Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility from
1984 to 1991, and was director of CPSR's 21st Century Project
from 1991 to 1993, and he edited the CPSR newsletter from 1985
to 1993. His research has been funded for years by the National
Science Foundation. He also wrote an internationally syndicated
bi-weekly newspaper column on technology and society named "Digital
Nation" for six years; it was published and syndicated by the
Los Angeles Times. He has served on the selection committee for
the Turing Award - the computer-science field's equivalent of
the Nobel Prize, and chaired the five-member committee in 2004.
Stanley Chodorow, professor emeritus, University of California,
San Diego: Chodorow is a historian who became the founding
chief executive of the California Virtual University, a consortium
of accredited institutions of higher education that offer distance-learning
programs. He was provost of the University of Pennsylvania from
1994 to 1997. He is a board member with the Council on Library
and Information Resources in Washington, D.C., and the Center
for Research Libraries. He has also been an executive with Questia
Media Inc., an online-information-resources company.
Ted Christensen, coordinator, Arizona Regents University:
Christensen coordinates the development of e-learning
at Arizona's three public universities: Arizona State University,
Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona.
Thomas Claburn, InformationWeek: Claburn is a
writer and editor at Information Week and formerly worked at New
Architect, Wired and KQED-TV.
Ben Compaine, communications policy expert: Compaine
is editor of the book "The Digital Divide: Facing a Crisis or
Creating a Myth?" and is co-author of "Who Owns the Media?" He
is a telecommunications expert and worked as a consultant for
the MIT Program on Internet and Telecoms Convergence.
Noshir Contractor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign:
Contractor is the principal investigator on a 3-year
$1.5 million grant from National Science Foundation's Knowledge
and Distributed Intelligence Initiative to study the co-evolution
of knowledge networks and 21st century organizational forms. Previously,
he was a co-principal investigator on the National Science Foundation's
Project CITY (Civil Info-structure TechnologY), which examined
infrastructure development and maintenance. His research has also
been supported, in part, by grants from the Sloan Foundation,
the Annenberg Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, and
corporate sponsors including Apple, 3M, Steelcase, and Panasonic.
Susan Crawford, professor, Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University:
Crawford is also a Policy Fellow with the Center for
Democracy & Technology and a Fellow with the Yale Law School Information
Society Project. Her research and teaching interests include cyberlaw
and intellectual-property law. While working as a partner at Wilmer,
Cutler & Pickering (Washington, D.C.), she represented major online
companies, start-ups and joint ventures, working closely with
companies doing business in the domain-name world. She is on the
board of directors of Innovation Network, a non-profit that helps
other non-profits develop and share evaluation tools and know-how.
Michael Dahan, Ben Gurion University of
the Negev, Israel: Dahan is an Israeli-American political
scientist living in Jerusalem and teaching at Ben Gurion University.
His works include the paper "National Security and Democracy on
the Internet in Israel." He has led projects to foster peace in
the Middle East through new technology. One is an e-mail project
that links political science students at Cairo University and
Hebrew University. A second, more ambitious project is the Middle
East Virtual Community of Academics and Intellectuals, which seeks
to provide neutral ground for the exchange of ideas among intellectuals
and to explore ways in which to break down the resistance to normalization
Peter Denning, chairman, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey,
Calif.: Denning is author of an IT column for the Communications
of the ACM. He has also been honored as an outstanding computer-science
educator by the ACM. His area of research/teaching interest is
the design of secure, reliable, dependable operating systems that
meet performance requirements. His work is training officers to
design and deploy information technology effectively.
Tobey Dichter, CEO, Generations on Line: Dichter
founded this nonprofit Internet-literacy agency for seniors. She
earlier worked as a vice president for public affairs at SmithKline
Bill Eager, professional speaker: Eager
is known for his presentations and workshops on business applications
for the Internet. His is one of the voices in the 1990-95 Predictions
Database. An Internet marketing pioneer, he wrote many books about
the field, including the bestsellers "The Information Payoff"
and "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Online Marketing." While communications
director at BASF, he was in charge of developing one of the first
large-scale intranets in the United States.
Peter Excell, University of Bradford, UK: Excell
is a professor of applied electromagnetics and director of research
in the School of Informatics at the University of Bradford. He
is also deputy director of UB's Telecommunications Research Centre.
Margot Edmunds, Johns Hopkins Department of Health Policy
and Management: Edmunds is also former senior program
officer at the Institute of Medicine in Washington, D.C., and
director of health policy for the Children's Defense Fund.
Tom Egelhoff, smalltownmarketing.com: Egelhoff
wrote a book about how small-town businesses can succeed in marketing
and advertising and then put it up on his web site and continued
sharing information. After 5 years the site had grown to more
than 300 pages of free tips and articles for small-business owners,
and it had 4 million visitors in 2003. Egelhoff found a worldwide
niche for advice on a small scale when he put his business on
Ted Eytan, MD, Group Health Cooperative: Eytan
is medical director of Group Health's online communications with
patients - www.mygrouphealth.com.
Stan Felder, founder and president, Vibrance
Associates: Felder's organization publishes the health/medical
websites hisandherhealth.com, newshe.com and ourgyn.com.
Howard Finberg, Poynter Insitute for Media Studies: Finberg,
the director of Poynter's e-learning project - has been a senior
fellow at the American Press Institute's Media Center, was a co-director
of a year-long study on Digital Journalism for the Online News
Association, and was named the Newspaper Association of America
"New Media Pioneer" in 2000. A journalist for 30 years, he has
worked at the Chicago Tribune, the New York Times, the San Francisco
Chronicle and the Arizona Republic. He is developing Poynter's
News University, an online training portal for journalists.
Charlie Firestone, The Aspen Institute: Firestone
is executive director of the Communications & Society Program
at Aspen, and has been there since 1989. The program focuses on
the implications of communications and information technologies
for leadership. He was previously director of the Communications
Law Program at UCLA and president of the Los Angeles Board of
Telecommunications Commissioners. The Aspen Institute offers seminars
and special programs tailored to promote non-partisan inquiry
and leadership development.
Joshua Fouts, executive director of USC Center on Public
Diplomacy: Fouts is a co-founder and the former editor
of Online Journalism Review, based at USC. He previously spent
five years at Voice of America, where he worked at getting VOA
online with RealAudio.
Dan Froomkin, washingtonpost.com: Froomkin writes
a political column for the online version of the Washington Post
and is also the deputy editor of niemanwatchdog.org, based at
Harvard University - a project to encourage more-informed reporting
by U.S. journalists. He also writes for the Online Journalism
B. Keith Fulton, vice president, strategic alliances,
Verizon Communications: Fulton was a senior telecommunications
policy analyst before joining Verizon in 2004. He was a member
of the U.S. Department of Commerce IPv6 Task Force, which examined
issues associated with the next generation of the Internet protocol.
Simson Garfinkel, MIT; Sandstorm Enterprises;
Technology Review Magazine; CSO Magazine: Garfinkel is
one of the voices in the 1990-95 Predictions Database. A journalist,
entrepreneur and international authority on computer security,
he serves as chief technology officer at Sandstorm Enterprises,
a Boston-based firm developing computer-security tools. He is
a columnist for Technology Review Magazine and has written tech
articles for more than 50 publications, including Computerworld,
Forbes and the New York Times. He is the author of "Database Nation,"
"PGP: Pretty Good Privacy" and many other books.
Christine Geith, Michigan State University: Geith
is the director of product and business development at the Michigan
State University Global Community Security Institute and was formerly
executive director of E-Learning at Rochester Institute of Technology,
building one of the largest online learning programs in the U.S.
She is on the executive committee of the board of directors for
the National University Telecommunications Network.
Dan Gillmor, technology columnist, San Jose Mercury News: In
addition to being a longtime tech writer, Gillmor is the author
of "We the Media: Grassroots Journalism by the People, for the
People," a book about the participatory and citizen media movement.
He also writes a popular weblog.
Mark Glaser, Online Journalism Review: In addition to
his writing about new media for Online Journalism Review, Glaser
produces technology stories for the Online Publishers Association,
CMP TechWeb, the New York Times Circuits section and Conde Nast
Joshua Goodman, Microsoft Research: Goodman is
a researcher in machine learning and language modeling at Microsoft
who has been tasked to work on fighting spam. He also served as
chairman of the second Conference on E-mail and Anti-Spam.
Moira Gunn, Tech Nation: Gunn was labeled the "grand
dame of tech talk" in Wired magazine. She is the host of "Tech
Nation," National Public Radio's only syndicated technology talk
show. She also hosts technical webcasts online for corporations
such as Marimba and Network Associates, and she has conducted
tech interviews packaged for public-television programming. She
holds advanced degrees in computer science.
Alex Halavais, University at Buffalo (SUNY):
Halavais is graduate director for the informatics school
at the University at Buffalo. He studies how social networks are
formed on the Internet. He promotes the practice of "self-Googling"
- establishing your own identity on the Internet, so when people
search out information about you it will be accurate.
Bornali Halder, website officer, World Development Movement:
Halder works with an organization that lobbies decision-makers
to stop policies that hurt the world's poor. It researches and
develops positive policy options that support sustainable development.
Fred Hapgood, Output Ltd.: Hapgood is an accomplished
freelance writer in technology and science, and his is one of
the voices in the 1990-95 Predictions Database. He took on the
role of moderator of the Nanosystems Interest Group at MIT, and
wrote a number of articles for Wired and other tech publications
of the early 1990s.
Fran Hassencahl, professor, Old Dominion University: Hassencahl
works in the Department of Communication at Old Dominion, and
is on the advisory board for InterculturalRelations.com. One of
her specialties is Middle East affairs.
Brendan Hodgson, Hill & Knowlton: Hodgson is
the director of Internet communications at Hill & Knowlton.
Robert Hughes Jr., University of Illinois - Champaign-Urbana:
Hughes is an associate professor and extension specialist
in the field of family relations. He is co-author of the chapter
"Understanding the Effects of the Internet on Families: in M.
Coleman & L.H. Ganong (eds.), "Handbook of Contemporary Families"
and "Computers, the Internet and Families: A Review of the Role
of New Technology in Family Life."
Nigel Jackson, lecturer in public relations,
University of Bournemouth, UK: Jackson worked as a staff
member for a British political party and a member of Parliament,
became a parliamentary lobbyist and consultant, led the communications
departments of several organizations and now teaches public relations.
His research interests include the Internet and e-mail. He is
on the editorial board of the Journal of E-Government.
Ken Jarboe, Athena Alliance: Jarboe is founder
of a non-profit, Washington, D.C.-based think-tank that focuses
on the social and economic implications of the Internet. Its aim
is to change policymakers' thinking from the ways of industrial
society, to those of the "networked society," by the means of
conferences, workshops, research groups, publications, reports
and lectures. Areas of interest include digital empowerment and
the digital divide. He is a former professor and University of
Michigan policy/technology Ph.D.
Rich Jaroslovsky, senior editor, Bloomberg News: Jaroslovsky
began his career as a Wall Street Journal reporter in 1975, served
as White House correspondent and national political editor and
became responsible for the Wall Street Journal/NBC News Polls
in the 1980s. He created the Wall Street Journal Interactive Edition
in 1994, and was executive director of editorial content for Dow
Jones Consumer Electronic Publishing. He was the founding president
of the Online Journalism Association.
Lyle Kantrovich, Cargill: Kantrovich
is an Internet usability expert who works for the ag production
company Cargill. He is also a blogger who shares his thoughts
on usability, web design, information architecture and user experience
practices at Croc o' Lyle.
Daniel Kaplan, FING (France's Next-Generation Internet
Foundation): Kaplan is the founder and CEO of FING, a
collective and open project focusing on future Internet uses,
applications and services. He is also chairman of the European
Institute for e-Learning (EifEL). He is a member of the European
Commission's e-Europe's Experts Chamber, the French Prime Minister's
Strategic Advisory Board on Information Technologies (CSTI), and
the board of the French Chapter of the Internet Society.
Ruth Kaufman, IBM: Kaufman is a web strategist
based in IBM's offices in White Plains, N.Y.
Mike Kelly, America Online: Kelly is a leading
executive for one of the nation's most-recognizable internet "brands."
Yonnie Kim, chief researcher, Daum Communication Thinktank:
Kim specializes in new-trend research and strategy development.
Daum operates South Korea's largest Internet portal.
Gary Kreps, chair, Department of Communication, George Mason University:
Kreps also holds a joint faculty appointment with the
National Center for Biodefense at GMU. Prior to his appointment
at GMU, he served for five years as the founding chief of the
Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch at the National
Anne Laurent, associate editor, Government
Executive Magazine: Laurent specializes in stories about
entrepreneurial organizations, acquisition reform, results-based
management and culture change and manages the Government Performance
Douglas Levin, Cable in the Classroom: Levin
is education-policy director for the group that represents the
cable television industry's commitment to education. He previously
served as a principal research analyst with the American Institutes
for Research in Washington, D.C., where he wrote national studies
on the role of technology in education, including "The Digital
Disconnect," conducted on behalf of the Pew Internet & American
Life Project. He also assisted in the development of three U.S.
Department of Education National Education Technology plans.
Peter Levine, University of Maryland: Levine
is a research scholar at the Institute for Philosophy & Public
Policy and deputy director of the Center for Information and Research
on Civic Learning and Engagement, both at the University of Maryland's
School of Public Policy. He formerly worked for Common Cause.
His main interests are civil society, civic education, the Internet.
He also works with the Prince George's County Information Commons
(a nonprofit website for the community, produced mainly by youth);
The National Alliance for Civic Education ( as the person responsible
for the website); and the Deliberative Democracy Consortium.
Graham Lovelace, managing director, Lovelacemedia Ltd.,
United Kingdom: Lovelace is founding director of his
company, which be started after leaving the Daily Mail Group,
where he was editorial director at Teletext Limited and director
of Associated New Media. In the 1990s, he was a pioneer in Internet
publishing and digital broadcasting in the UK. He worked as a
senior editor and journalist at the BBC, Visnews (now Reuters
TV), BSB (now BSkyB), ITN, Channel Four, the Press Association
and Pearson regional Press. He is a regular commentator on new
media in newspaper columns and in television and radio interviews.
Robert Lunn, FocalPoint analytics: Lunn worked as a senior
research analyst on the 2004 Digital Future Report: Surveying
the Digital Future, produced by the USC Annenberg School Center
for the Digital Future.
Shawn McIntosh, Columbia University/Netgraf:
McIntosh is co-author of "Converging Media" and worked
as an editor and freelance writer for newspapers and magazines
in the UK, U.S. and Japan before working at Fathom, an online
educational website made up of a consortium of academic institutions,
museums and research organizations. He co-founded Netgraf, which
examines issues and trends related to online journalism.
John B. Mahaffie, co-founder, Leading Futurists LLC:
Mahaffie is a former principal of Coates & Jarratt Inc., a leading
futures consultancy. He has been a futurist since the mid-1980s.
Clients currently include the Coca-Cola Company, DuPont, General
Motors, Nokia, Siemens, the National Security Agency and the World
Bank. He is also a board member of the Association of Professional
Michelle Manafy, Information Today, Inc.: Manafy
is editor of EContent magazine & Intranets newsletter. She is
a former associate editor of Emedia magazine. She has written
about content development and distribution, streaming media, and
audio, video and storage technologies.
Vikram Mangalmurti, Carnegie Mellon University: Mangalmurti
works at the H. John Heinz School of Public Policy and Management.
His research interests include security and privacy.
J. Scott Marcus, senior adviser for Internet technology
at the Federal Communications Commission: Marcus previously
served as chief technology officer at Genuity (GTE Internetworking)
and does research in the economics and public-policy implications
of network interconnection - backbone connections in particular.
He specializes in the measurement and prediction of Internet usage,
challenges of data network security and management of data networks.
He served as a trustee of the American Registry of Internet Numbers
from 2000 to 2002.
Jon Marshall, research fellow, University of Technology
- Sydney: Marshall has done research on gender in online
interaction and an ethnography of the mailing list "Cybermind";
his most recent publications include articles on the construction
of the internet as "space" and on netsex in an online community.
Bob Metcalfe, Polaris Venture Partners: Metcalfe
is a venture capitalist - an early stage investor in bio-, info-
and nano-technology companies. He is the inventor of Ethernet
and founded 3Com Corporation, the billion-dollar networking company.
He was CEO of InfoWorld Publishing from 1992 to 1995 and wrote
a popular column for information professionals for eight years.
His is one of the voices in the 1990-95 Predictions Database.
His books include "Packet Communication," "Beyond Calculation:
The Next Fifty Years of Computing" and "Internet Collapses."
Ezra Miller, Ibex Consulting, Ottawa, Canada: Miller's
fields of concentration in the consulting arena are eGovernment,
ICT policy and economics.
Kirsten Mogensen, associate professor, Roskilde University,
Denmark: Mogensen teaches in the Department of Journalism
at Roskilde University.
Arlene Morgan, Columbia Graduate School of Journalism:
Morgan, formerly assistant managing editor of the Philadelphia
Inquirer, is director of professional development at Columbia's
Graduate School of Journalism.
Dan Ness, Metafacts: Ness is principal consultant
at Metafacts, a market-research firm that solves customer challenges
for high-tech companies such as Advanced Micro Devices, Adobe,
Compaq, Dell, Gateway, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Microsoft, MTV, Sony
and Toshiba. He is a 20-plus-year veteran of the computer industry
with extensive experience in both primary and secondary research.
Over the last two decades, his research projects and programs
have included more than 1.5 million interviews, including surveys
of businesses and consumers, both domestically and internationally.
He has participated in product design, launches, repositioning,
branding, and pricing with most of the leading high-tech worldwide
Mike O'Brien, The Aerospace Corporation:
O'Brien founded and ran the first nationwide UNIX Users
Group Software Distribution Center. He worked at RAND and helped
build CSNET (first at RAND and later at BBN Labs Inc.). He now
works at an aerospace research corporation.
Ahmet M. Oren, chairman, Ihlas Holding, Turkey: Oren,
a leader at Ihlas, a major Middle East television and newsgathering
organization based in Istanbul, has been a member of the board
of directors for the International TV Academy and Interactive
Andy Opel, Dept. of Communication, Florida State University:
Opel has written about Micro Radio and the emerging Media
Activism Movement. He edited the book, "Representing Resistance:
Media, Civil Disobedience and the Global Justice Movement" published
by Greenwood Press.
George Otte, City University of New York: Otte
is on the doctoral faculty of the Graduate Center Programs in
English, Urban Ed, and Technology & Pedagogy and is director of
instructional technology at CUNY.
Carlos Andrés Peña, Novartis Pharma: Pena
is an expert on evolutionary computation in medicine.
Terry Pittman, executive director broadband markets, America
Online: Pittman heads the broadband division of AOL.
He is active as a member of TRUSTe's board of directors - TRUSTe
is a leading online privacy seal program. Pittman also founded
Postmodern Media, a new-media consulting firm, was advertising
director for Netcom and worked with BrightStreet.com. He is an
expert on online privacy and has been an active participant in
the privacy discussion since the mid-90s.
Louis Pouzin, Eurolinc France: Pouzin conceived
and directed the Cyclades project at the Institut de Recherche
d'Informatique et d'Automatique in France. This project laid the
conceptual groundwork Vinton Cerf and others employed in building
the Internet. Before that, Pouzin spent time at MIT and also worked
for several large companies, including Chrysler, mainly in developing
advanced operating systems. In 2001, Pouzin received the IEEE
(Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers) Internet Award
for his work in Datagram networking.
Sam Punnett, president, FAD Research, Toronto, Canada:
Punnett has worked in the field of interactive digital
media since the 1980s. He has worked in the music business, social
research, broadcast production, equities analysis, electronic
game design, and for the last 9 years on strategy, marketing,
and product development issues related to ebusiness. He has published
numerous studies and written extensive commentary on new technology
for both private companies and government agencies interested
in Internet economy issues.
Brian Reich, strategic consultant, Mindshare
Interactive Campaigns: Reich develops online strategies
for issue coalitions and non-profit organizations. He is a former
national Democratic political operative and Internet strategist.
He was Vice President Al Gore's briefing director in the White
House and during Gore's 2000 presidential campaign. Reich also
has a consulting firm, Mouse Communications, and is the editor
of the political blog, Campaign Web Review (www.campaignwebreview.com).
Paul Resnick, University of Michigan: Resnick
is conducting research with Bob Kraut, Sara Kiesler, Yan Chen,
Loren Terveen, John Riedl, and Joe Konstan on the public good
in online communities; the project is being funded by the National
Science Foundation. He has also worked in the areas of online
reputation systems and in studying Meetup.com and other "convening
Howard Rheingold: Rheingold was one of the first
writers to illuminate the ideals and foibles of virtual communities.
In the 1990s, he published a webzine called Electric Minds. He
wrote the books "Virtual Reality," "Smart Mobs"
and "Virtual Community." He also was the editor of Whole
Earth Review and the Millennium Whole Earth Catalog. He is a popular
commentator on the human-to-human implications of the Internet.
Victor Rivero, editor/writer/consultant: A former
editor of Converge educational technology magazine, Rivero is
a journalist specializing in education technology.
Mark Rovner, CTSG/Kintera: Rovner's work at CTSG
is online fundraising, engagement and communications strategizing.
He has spent his 20-year career working with fundraising projects
in the nonprofit and political sectors. He previously served as
a senior vice president at Craver, Mathews, Smith & Co. (CMS)
where he was founding director of CMS Interactive, the firm's
Internet fundraising unit. At CMS, he oversaw online fundraising
strategy for a number of the nation's leading charities and advocacy
groups, including Amnesty International and the American Civil
Douglas Rushkoff, author/NYU Interactive Telecommunications
Program: Rushkoff is one of the voices in the 1990-95
Predictions Database. The successful author is also a teacher
in the New York University Interactive Telecommunications Program.
This social theorist, journalist and software developer, wrote
the book "Cyberia: Life in the Trenches of Hyperspace," a best-selling
portrait of the 1990s cyberculture. He edited "The Gen X Reader,"
a collection of writings by the elusive, media-wary "slacker"
generation. He also wrote "Media Virus! Hidden Agendas in Popular
Culture," "Exit Strategy" and "Coercion" and was a winner of the
Neil Postman Award for Career Achievement in Public Intellectual
Activity. He is also the author of "Open Source Democracy," written
for the UK policy think-tank Demos.
Cheryl Russell, New Strategist Publications: Russell
has been labeled the "patron saint of Boomer research." She is
the author of "The Baby Boom: Americans Born 1946 to 1964" and
is the editorial director of New Strategist Publications. Her
other books include "The Official Guide to the American Marketplace"
and "Demographics of the U.S.: Trends of Projections."
Liz Rykert, Meta Strategies Inc.: Rykert is president
and founder of a Canadian consulting firm that develops digital
strategies for governments. She drafted guidelines for the Canadian
government to steer online consultation and engagement work for
federal departments. She also completed a project for a group
in Malawi to track AIDS/HIV work in Sub-Saharan Africa. One of
her research/consulting areas has been digital democracy and advocacy-based
Janet Salmons, Vision2Lead.inc: Salmons
consults in organizational and leadership development. A new initiative,
Elearn2Lead, focuses on leadership development and online learning.
Current projects involve work with the Lynn University Institute
for Distance Learning, Southeastern Community College Distance
and E-Learning, the National Endowment for the Arts Theatre Program,
and TechSoup. She is a frequent conference speaker - on and offline.
She presented Virtual Learning Community: Training Staff & Volunteers
for the Wired.org: Nonprofits and NGOs Work the Web online conference,
and Online Communities to Enhance Learning for Your Organization,
a one-week online event.
Bill Sanders, senior vice president, Paramount Television:
Sanders was a co-founder of Big Ticket Television, a
Paramount/Viacom company and developed its first eight on-air
series. He developed an enhanced interactive version of "Judge
Judy" for Web TV and also produced broadband trials for "Judge
Joe Brown." He developed one of the first TV-show-based websites
- including online merchandising - in 1994. He worked as a vice
president for West Coast programming for HBO, where he was supervising
producer of the multiple Emmy-winning series "Dream On," for which
he developed online chat forums and an interactive CD-ROM game.
Alexandra Samuel is the Managing Director of the Dialogue Networks practice
at Angus Reid Consultants:
Dialogue Networks offers software and services
that facilitate online consultations and public engagement activities in
governments, businesses and NGOs. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science
from Harvard University, where her research addressed the phenomenon of
politically-motivated computer hacking, known as hacktivism.
Daniel Z. Sands, Zix Corporation and Beth Israel Deaconess
Medical Center/Harvard Medical School: Sands is an internationally
recognized lecturer, consultant, and thought leader in the area
of clinical computing and patient and clinician empowerment through
the use of computer technology. He received the President's Award
from the American Medical Informatics Association for co-authoring
the first national guidelines for the use of e-mail in patient
care. In 2003, he was elected to the American College of Medical
Informatics and was granted an IT Innovator award by Healthcare
Informatics magazine for his leadership in advancing Electronic
Jan Schaffer, executive director, J-Lab: Schaffer
runs J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism, based at
the University of Maryland. She was a Pulitzer-winning reporter
at the Philadelphia Inquirer and was executive director of the
Pew Civic Journalism Project before founding J-Lab at the University
Jorge Reina Schement, Penn State University: He
is director of the Institute for Information Policy at Penn State.
His book credits include "Tendencies and Tensions of the Information
Age," "Toward an Information Bill of Rights and Responsibilities"
and "The Wired Castle," a study of information technology in American
households. His research interests focus on the social and policy
consequences of the production and consumption of information.
In 1994, he served as director of the FCC's Information Policy
Project. A member of the boards of directors of the Media Access
Project, Libraries for the Future, and the Benton Foundation,
he regularly leads seminars at The Aspen Institute.
David M. Scott, communications strategist, Freshspot Marketing:
Scott founded Freshspot, which serves information-product
and IT-service companies. He is a contributing editor for EContent
Magazine, a source for strategies and resources for the digital
Tiffany Shlain, founder and chairperson, The Webby Awards:
Shlain was named one of Newsweek's "Women Shaping the
21st Century." The Webby Awards are the leading international
honors for websites. Shlain has also directed 10 films, including
"Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness," an official selection
at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival, and "Less is Moore," a profile
of Intel founder Gordon Moore. She is also an expert commentator
on Internet issues, appearing regularly on television and radio.
She is a fellow of the Woodhull Institute, an organization that
supports ethical women leaders for the next century.
Barbara Smith, Institute of Museum and Library Services:
Smith is technology officer for a federal agency that
offers support to all types of museums, libraries and archives.
Robert V. Steiner, American Museum of Natural History:
Steiner is the project director for seminars on science
at the American Museum of Natural History. It offers online courses
to K-12 teachers across the United States in the life, earth and
physical sciences as well as courses about broader trends. He
also works with the Teachers College of Columbia University in
the Center for the Study of the Science of Learning in Urban Educating
William Stewart, LivingInternet.com: Stewart
has worked as a program manager, system architect, system engineer,
software engineering manager, software lead, computing center
manager and university instructor. But the thing he's known for
is LivingInternet.com, a site first developed in 1996 and devoted
to explaining and using the Internet. Many Internet pioneers have
made contributions to the more than 500 pages on the site.
Gordon Strause, Judy's Book: Strause works for
Judy's Book, a social-networking website founded in the Seattle
area in 2004. It allows friends and co-workers to post personal
reviews of mechanics, dentists, house painters, etc., they would
like to share with their online community. He formerly worked
at Firefly, Well Engaged and eCircles.
Kevin Taglang, consultant and telecommunications
policy expert: Taglang's clients include the Benton Foundation,
whose mission is to articulate a public-interest vision for the
digital age and to demonstrate the value of communications for
solving social problems. He has published research on the digital
Peter W. Van Ness, the Van Ness Group:
The Van Ness Group, a web-development company, is the
third technology-related venture for entrepreneur Peter Van Ness.
He founded Personal Computer Solutions in 1983. During the 1990s,
he co-founded StockPlan, Inc. and grew it from a tiny software
startup into the largest independent provider of stock-plan management
services worldwide; there, he and his team built the first systems
for employees to exercise and sell their stock options over the
Internet. In 2000, he co-founded MyStockOptions.com, winner of
numerous awards and the Web's most comprehensive, respected, and
frequently visited resource on stock compensation.
Egon Verharen, innovation manager, SURFnet: Verharen
works for the Dutch national education and research network. He
was previously an assistant professor of information technology
at Infolab at Tilburg University.
Rose Vines, freelance technology journalist: Vines
writes for Australian PC User and the Sydney Morning Herald.
Philip Virgo, EURIM and IMIS: Virgo is secretary
general of EURIM, the UK-based European Information Society Group,
and he is also associated with IMIS, a UK-based professional body
for management of information systems. He wrote a research study
that projected "The World and Business Computing in 2051."
Barry Wellman, University of Toronto:
Wellman's research examines virtual community, the virtual workplace,
social support, community, kinship, friendship and social network
theory and methods. He directs NetLab and does research at the
Centre for Urban and Community Studies, the Knowledge Media Design
Institute, and the Bell University Laboratories' Collaborative
Effectiveness Lab. He has been a Fellow of IBM's Institute of
Knowledge Management, a member of Advanced Micro Devices' Global
Consumer Advisory Board, and a committee member of the Social
Science Research Council's Program on Information Technology,
International Cooperation and Global Security. He is the author
or co-author of more than 200 articles, co-authored with more
than 80 scholars, and is the (co-)editor of three books. He is
conducting a "Strong Ties and Weak Ties On and Offline" study
for the Pew Internet & American Life Project.
David Weinberger, Evident Marketing, Inc.: Weinberger
is a writer, speaker and consultant on Internet communication,
publishing and marketing and a columnist for MIT Technology Review,
Darwin Online, Intranet Design and Knowledge Management World
and has been a frequent commentator on National Public Radio's
"All Things Considered" and "Here and Now." He is one of the voices
in the 1990 to 1995 Predictions Database. His one-person consulting
company has served a wide range of IT clients, including Sun Microsystems
and Esther Dyson's Release 1.0. He is a co-author of "The Cluetrain
Manifesto" and author of "Small Pieces Loosely Joined," both about
the Internet. He's a fellow at Harvard's Berkman Institute for
Internet and Society. He writes several weblogs and was senior
Internet adviser for Howard Dean's 2004 presidential campaign.
Mike Weisman, attorney based in Seattle: Weisman,
an active leader of the advocacy group Reclaim the Media and a
community technology activist in the Seattle area, represented
the Center for Digital Democracy and Consumer Federation of America
in hearings regarding the AT&T Comcast merger. He was the program
director for the 2003 conference of the Computer Professionals
for Social Responsibility.
Pamela Whitten, Michigan State University: Whitten
is an associate professor in the Department of Telecommunications
at Michigan State and is a senior research fellow at its Institute
of Healthcare Studies. Her research focuses on the use of technology
in health care, and her research projects range from telepsychiatry
to telehospice and telehome care for COPD and CHF patients. She
serves on the board of directors of the American Telemedicine
Mike Willard, chief executive officer of the Willard Group:
Willard heads Burson-Marstellar's affiliate in Eastern
Europe. He has been a newsman, political and policy advisor to
U.S. senators, senior public relations counselor and entrepreneur.
He is a specialist in crisis communications and management, and
served as a communications and domestic and foreign policy advisor
to U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd and as a consultant to Senator
John D. Rockefeller, when he was a governor.
Roland B. Wilson, Indiana State University: Wilson
works in IU's Languages, Literatures & Linguistics Lab
Michael Wollowski, professor, Rose-Hulman Institute of
Technology: Wollowski is an assistant professor of computer
science and software engineering.
Steve Yelvington, Morris Digital Works/Morris
Communications: Yelvington put the Minneapolis Star Tribune
online in 1994. He became executive editor of Cox Interactive
Media in 1999, and now he is vice president of strategy and content
for the interactive division of Morris Newspapers, whose newspaper
web sites have won more awards than any other newspaper chain
in America. In 2001, the Newspaper Association of America presented
him with its New Media Pioneer Award.