Connected Lives: The New Social Network Operating System

Connected Lives: The New Social Network Operating System

Barry Wellman

4.13.2009

Barry Wellman

Professor Barry Wellman studies networks: community, communication, computer, and social. His research examines virtual community, the virtual workplace, social support, community, kinship, friendship, and social network theory and methods. Based at the University of Toronto, he directs NetLab, is the S.D. Clark Professor at the Department of Sociology, does research at the Centre for Urban and Community Studies, the Knowledge Media Design Institute, and the Bell University Laboratories' Collaborative Effectiveness Lab, and is a cross-appointed member of the Faculty of Information Studies.

Prof. Wellman is a member of the Royal Society of Canada. He is the Chair-Emeritus of both the Community and Information Technologies section and the Community and Urban Sociology section of the American Sociological Association. He is affiliated with Intel Corporation's People and Practices research unit and is a Fellow of IBM Toronto's Centre for Advanced Studies. He has been a Fellow of IBM's Institute of Knowledge Management, a consultant with Mitel Networks, a member of Advanced Micro Devices' Global Consumer Advisory Board, a keynoter at conferences ranging from computer science to theology, and a committee member of the Social Science Research Council's (and Ford Foundation's) Program on Information Technology, International Cooperation and Global Security. He is the (co-)author of more than three hundred articles, co-authored with more than eighty scholars, and is the (co-)editor of three books.

An expert on social, computer, and communication networks, sociologist Barry Wellman gives lecture titled, "Connected Lives: The New Social Network Operating System," about the rise of Internet social networking. Also, Mr. Wellman outlines twelve points about how the Internet has changed everyday life.