State of the Net Conference 01/18/11

About the Conference | Agenda | Speakers | Onsite registration will be available on January 18 and 19 at the Hyatt Regency | 2010 Conference


Tuesday, January 18, 2011
11:30 am The State of the Social Net: A Catalyst for Civil & Political Revolution or a Hyped Distraction

- Jerry Berman, Internet Education Foundation [bio]
- Alex Howard, Correspondent, Government 2.0, O'Reilly Media [bio]
- Andrew Keen, Author & Host "Keen On" at [bio]
- Lee Rainie, (moderator) Director, Pew Internet & American Life Project [bio]
- Clay Shirky, Technology Consultant & Author [bio]

It's a "Here Comes Everybody" world when defining social networking and participation in communities and groups on the Internet. Involvement in this world comes in all sizes and shapes - fervid and casual, leaders and lurkers and sustained and fleeting. With a particular focus on the impact of social networking sites, the Pew Internet & American Life Project will reveal the findings of its most recent survey on the effect of the Internet on group behavior. Lee Rainie, Director of the Project will share a summary of the findings, leading an expert panel discussion on the "fluidity" of social networking engagement, the contours of the American Internet population, the role of mobile devices and the advantages and disadvantages of this new group participation world.

* Subject to change. More panels and keynotes may be added.

Cat Matsuda at or 202-638-4370 for more information.

This is a widely attended event hosted by the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee (ICAC), part of a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization. The ICAC is a private sector organization comprised of public interest groups, trade associations, non-profits, and industry leaders. The diversity of ICAC membership ensures that all educational events and initiatives are fair and balanced forums for Internet-related discussion. The ICAC does not promote any particular policy position.