Lee Rainie


Lee Rainie is director of the Pew Internet & American Life Project. Since December 1999, the Washington D.C. research center has examined how people’s internet use affects their families, communities, health care, education, civic and political life, and work places. The Project uses regular surveys to track online life. It regularly reports findings on subjects such as teenagers’ and senior citizens’ use of the internet, broadband adoption, trends in email use, how people employ search engines, use of the internet to gather news (especially about politics), blog creation and readership, and trends in music and movie file sharing. The Project has issued more than 120 reports based on social issues and online activities. It also has focused research on important public policy questions such as public attitudes about trust and privacy online, development of e-government, attitudes about intellectual property issues, the impact of spam, and the status of digital divides. Prior to launching the Project, Rainie was managing editor of U.S. News & World Report. He is a graduate of Harvard College and has a master’s degree in political science from Long Island University.

EDUCAUSE Publications

  • The Future of Higher Education
    • Briefs, Case Studies, Papers, Reports

    This Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project report surveyed over 1000 internet users and experts on how they saw higher education in the year 2020.

  • The Future of Big Data
    • Briefs, Case Studies, Papers, Reports

    This report, The Future of Big Data, from The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project, surveyed internet experts and users on the collection and use of Big Data in the future.

  • Pew Internet Millennials will benefit and suffer due to their hyperconnected lives
    • Briefs, Case Studies, Papers, Reports

    Teens and young adults brought up from childhood with a continuous connection to each other and to information will be nimble, quick-acting multitaskers who count on the Internet as their external brain and who approach problems in a different way from their elders, according to a new survey of technology experts.

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