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Lee Rainie

Director of Internet, Science and Technology Research, Pew Center

Lee Rainie

Lee Rainie is the Director of Internet, Science, and Technology Research at the Pew Research Center, a non-profit, non–partisan “fact tank” that studies the social impact of the internet.

His Project was described by the American Sociological Association as the “most authoritative source of reliable data on the use and impact of the internet and mobile connectivity” and the ASA awarded him and the Internet Project its award for “excellence in the reporting on social issues award” in 2014.

The Project has issued more than 600 reports based on its surveys that examine people’s online activities and the internet’s role in their lives. The Pew Research Center also has launched a sustained study of the intersection of science and society that Lee oversees. All of its reports and datasets are available online for free at:

Mr Rainie is a co-author of Networked: The new social operating system with sociologist Barry Wellman and co-author of five books about the future of the internet that are based on Project surveys.

Prior to launching the Pew Internet Project, Mr Rainie was managing editor of US News & World Report.

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