Lee Rainie

ESMT Open Lecture with Lee Rainie

What Happens When the Internet is Everywhere

In this Open Lecture, Lee Rainie speaks about the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) will bring major change to people’s lives. Benefits include increased safety and convenience, greater self-knowledge, and extra leisure as smart agents take on more work. Challenges include less privacy, elimination of jobs, more social division, less human agency as algorithms rule things, a proliferation of abuses and cybercrimes, and an inability by humans and institutions to adjust to all the changes quickly enough. Lee Rainie, director of the Washington, DC-based Pew Research Center’s internet and technology department, presented findings from numerous studies he has led on the social implications of the IoT and public attitudes towards an increasingly technological future.


Monday, November 6, 2017,
"What Happens When the Internet is Everywhere"

Speaker: Lee Rainie, Director of internet and technology research, Pew Research Center
Moderator: Isabel Skierka, Researcher, Digital Society Institute Berlin, ESMT Berlin


About the speaker

Lee Rainie is the director of internet and technology research at Pew Research Center. Under his leadership, the Center has issued more than 650 reports based on its surveys that examine people’s online activities and the internet’s role in their lives. The American Sociological Association gave Rainie its award for “excellence in the reporting on social issues” in 2014 and described his work as the “most authoritative source of reliable data on the use and impact of the internet and mobile connectivity.” Rainie is a co-author of Networked: The new social operating system and five books about the future of the internet that are drawn from the Center’s research. He gives several dozen speeches a year to government officials, media leaders, scholars and students, technology executives, librarians, and nonprofit groups about the changing media ecosystem. Prior to launching Pew Research Center’s technology research, Rainie was managing editor of U.S. News & World Report. He is a graduate of Harvard University and has a master’s degree in political science from Long Island University.