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BIO: Clay Shirky

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Clay is a provocative new voice on all things Internet: economics and culture, media and community, and the open source movement. He divides his time between consulting, teaching, and writing on the social and economic effects of Internet technologies. His consulting practice is focused on the way network technologies provide new ways for groups to get things done, including collaboration tools, social networks, peer-to-peer sharing, collaborative fi ltering, and Open Source development.

In addition to his consulting work, Clay is an adjunct professor in NYU’s graduate Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP), where he teaches courses on the interrelated effects of social and technological network topology—how our networks shape culture and vice-versa. Prior to his appointment at NYU, Clay was a partner at The Accelerator Group, an investment firm focused on early-stage companies.

Formerly, he was the chief technology officer of the NYC-based Web media and design firm Site Specific, where he created the company’s media tracking database and server log analysis software. Site Specifi c was later acquired by CKS Group, where Clay was promoted to VP Technology, Eastern Region.

Clay has written extensively about the Internet since 1996. His recent book, Here Comes Everybody, explores the effects of open networks, collaboration and user created and disseminated content on organizations and industries. Over the years, he has had regular columns in Business 2.0, FEED, OpenP2P.com and ACM Net_Worker, and his writings have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Harvard Business Review, Wired, Release 1.0, Computerworld, and IEEE Computer. He has been interviewed by Slashdot, Red Herring, Media Life, and The Economist’s Ebusiness Forum. Time Magazine featured him with other futurists in a fall 2005 story entitled “What’s Next.”

Clay frequently speaks on emerging technologies at a variety of forums and organizations, including TED Global, PC Forum, the Internet Society, the Department of Defense, the BBC, the American Museum of the Moving Image, the Highlands Forum, the Economist Group, Storewidth, the World Technology Network, and several O’Reilly conferences on Peer-to-Peer, Open Source, and Emerging Technology.

Clay’s writings are archived at www.shirky.com, and he also maintains a blog on his book at www.herecomeseverybody.org.

Find him on Twitter @cshirky 

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