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Press Release for Monday, October 8, 2007

Rainie Discusses Impact of Technology on Everyday Lives

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Internet and American Life Project, will discuss “Homo Connectus: The Impact of Technology on People’s Everyday Lives” at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 5, at the University Center Banquet Hall on University of North Florida campus.

Since December 1999, the Project has examined how people’s Internet use affects their families, communities, health care, education, civic and political life and work places. The Washington D.C. research center has issued more than 140 reports based on its surveys that monitor people’s online activities and the Internet’s role in their lives.

Prior to launching the Pew Internet Project, Rainie was managing editor of U.S. News and World Report. Over the years, eight of the stories or special editions of the magazine that he edited were finalists for the National Magazine Award, the magazine industry’s equivalent of daily journalism’s Pulitzer Prize. Other stories he has overseen have won top prizes for education, science, health, environmental and religious coverage.

He is a graduate of Harvard College and has a master’s degree in political science from Long Island University.

This lecture is part of the Distinguished Voices Inquiry and Insight Lecture Series. Tickets for this free lecture can be ordered online at Click on the Fall 2007 Lectures link.