Lee Rainie is the director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, a non-profit, non–partisan “fact tank” that studies the social impact of the internet. 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 has issued more than 240 reports based on its surveys that examine people's online activities and the internet's role in their lives. All of its reports and datasets are available online for free. Lee is a co-author of four books about the future of the internet that are based on project surveys. He is also writing a book entitled Networked: The new social operating system with sociologist Barry Wellman about the social impact of the internet and cell phones for MIT Press. due out in May 2012. Prior to launching the Pew Internet Project, Lee 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.