- Mohammad Al-Ubaydli
- Jack Barrette
- Jeffrey Bland
- Kate Christensen
- e-Patient Dave deBronkart
- Susan Edgman-Levitan
- Rushika Fernandopulle
- Peter Frishauf
- Gilles Frydman
- Sarah Greene
- Dan Hoch
- Greg Juhn
- Gary Kreps
- Joseph C. Kvedar
- David Lansky
- Jon Lebkowsky
- Faith McLellan
- Carlos Rizo
- David Rosenthal
- Andrew Schorr
- Joshua Seidman
- Amy Tenderich
- Trisha Torrey
- Roni Zeiger
- Adam Bosworth
- Esther Dyson
- Kate Lorig
- Kevin Kelly
- David C. Kibbe
- Clay Shirky
- Howard Rheingold
- Eric von Hippel
- Peter Yellowlees
About the Editors
Charles W. Smith, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, United States
Has concentrated his career on facilitating, providing, teaching, and developing tools aimed at improving medical care. He is a practicing family physician, Executive Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, and Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, AR. Over the past 20 years in this role, he has worked to improve quality of care, communication between health providers in the state, and the efficiency and effectiveness of the practicing faculty group at the University.
Charlie’s quest for more effective health care has kindled a high interest in the use of technology as a tool, and he has implemented many at UAMS including a patient web portal for accessing medical records, an electronic medical record, an online call schedule for physicians, and a Web-based messaging system. In 1997, he founded a Web-based medical information company, eDocAmerica, that provides tools, information, and input from professionals to help individuals make better decisions about their health and health care.
He has served as President of the American Board of Family Medicine, Deputy Editor of American Family Physician, and Chair of the Group on Faculty Practice of the American Association of Medical Colleges. He has published many articles in his field, and has co-authored a book, The Handbook of Family Practice.
Charlie’s work is balanced by a busy family life that includes his wife of 34 years, Connie, their six adult children, and four (soon to be six) grandchildren. He is also committed to daily exercise, preferring vigorous bike rides and walks in the lovely Arkansas hills.
Joe and Terry Graedon, The People’s Pharmacy, United States
Joe Graedon, MS, is a pharmacologist who has made drug information accessible to millions through The People’s Pharmacy books, newspaper columns and radio shows. His wife Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist who contributes that social science perspective to their joint endeavors. Joe is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for “exceptional contribution to the communication of the rational use of pharmaceutical products and an understanding of health issues to the public” and was conferred the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters honoris causa from Long Island University as one of the country’s leading drug experts for the consumer. He has been fascinated by and writing about home remedies for more than three decades. Terry completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco, and is a Fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology. The Graedons live in Durham, North Carolina.
Alan Greene, DrGreene.com, Danville, California, United States
Alan Greene is a graduate of Princeton University and the University of California at San Francisco. Upon completion of his pediatric residency program at Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Northern California he served as Chief Resident. He entered primary care pediatrics in January 1993. He served as a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics from 2007 to 2012 and is now an Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine and an attending pediatrician at Packard Children’s Hospital.
In 1995, he launched DrGreene.com, cited by the AMA as “the pioneer physician website” on the Internet. His award-winning site receives has been visited by over 83 million unique readers since its inception. Greene’s a long history of innovation includes helping to build Yahoo! Health as their Pediatric Expert, HealthTap as Medical Director from 2010 to 2012, and his current role ushering in the future with Scanadu.
Greene was the founding president of the Society for Participatory Medicine, has served as the Chairman of the Board of the Society for Participatory Medicine, and has been part of the editorial team for the Journal of Participatory Medicine since it was founded in 2009.
He has served as both President and Board Chair of Hi-Ethics (Health Internet Ethics), the non-profit organization formed to address privacy, advertising, and content quality issues for Internet health consumers. He has also served as an advisor to URAC for both their inaugural and their updated health website accreditation program. He is a founding member of the e-Patient Scholars Working Group, and a founding board member of the Center for Information Therapy.
Greene is the author of Feeding Baby Green (Wiley, 2009), Raising Baby Green (Wiley, 2007), From First Kicks to First Steps (McGraw-Hill, 2004), The Parent’s Complete Guide to Ear Infections (People’s Medical Society, 1997), and a co-author of The A.D.A.M. Illustrated Family Health Guide (A.D.A.M., Inc., 2004). He is the medical expert for three additional books, The Parent’s Soup A-to-Z Guide to Your New Baby (Contemporary Books, 1998), The Parent’s Soup A-to-Z Guide to Your Toddler (Contemporary Books, 1999), and The Mother of All Baby Books (Hungry Minds, Inc., 2002).
Greene has been recognized by Advance for Health Information Executives as one of the “top 15 most influential forces in healthcare IT” and was named the Children’s Health Hero of the Internet by Intel.
Kathleen O'Malley, Journal of Participatory Medicine, United States
A veteran of scientific publishing, O’Malley has worked as an acquisitions editor and managed the
Publishers’ Circle journal licensing program at Medscape for many years. She was diagnosed
and treated for breast cancer in 2008 and continues to thrive, thanks in great part to a caring
group of surgeons, physicians, nurses, social workers and fellow survivors who all practice participatory medicine.
Mohammad Al-Ubaydli, Patients Know Best, United Kingdom
CEO and founder of Patients Know Best, a UK-based personal health record (PHR) company. As Honorary Senior Research Associate in PHRs at University College London, he wrote seven books, most recently Streamlining Hospital-Patient Communication: Developing High Impact Patient Portals. Al-Ubaydli trained as a physician at the University of Cambridge and as a programmer at Anglia Ruskin University, and worked as a staff scientist at the National Institutes of Health. His specialty is combining medicine with computing, especially PHRs, mobile computing (PDAs and smartphones), and open source software.
Jack Barrette, WEGO Health, United States
Founder of WEGO Health, a community of vigorous advocates, avid connectors, daily contributors, and social media opinion leaders who bring the expertise of having “been there, survived that.” Barrette is a former Yahoo! executive focused on lifestyles, health, and medicine.
Jeffrey Bland, Metagenics, Inc. & Institute for Functional Medicine, United States
Chief Science Officer of Metagenics, Inc. and cofounder of The Institute for Functional Medicine with his wife, Susan Bland. A nutritional biochemist, Bland has earned international acclaim as educator, research professor, leader in the natural products industry, expert in human nutrition and functional medicine, and visionary for the future of health.
Kate Christensen, Kaiser Permanente, United States
Medical Director of the Internet Services Group for Kaiser Permanente, with research and clinical interests in Internet health care and palliative care; member of the California Medical Association, American Association of Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine, URAC Accreditation Committee; and Fellow of the American College of Physicians.
e-Patient Dave deBronkart, Society for Participatory Medicine, United States
Diagnosed with advanced kidney cancer (median survival 24 weeks), deBronkart rapidly learned to use every aspect of empowerment, technology, and participatory medicine to beat the odds. A high-tech marketer for TimeTrade Appointment Systems, he’s now an outspoken patient blogger and is patient advisor to PCPCC (Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative). He is co-Chairman of the Society of Participatory Medicine.
Susan Edgman-Levitan, The John D. Stoeckle Center for Primary Care Innovation, United States
Executive Director of the Stoeckle Center for Primary Care Innovation, Massachusetts General Hospital. She has published extensively on research and strategies to improve the patients’ experience of care and leads several national initiatives to improve ambulatory and inpatient care. Edgman-Levitan is the founding President of the Picker Institute, a Boston-based nonprofit survey, research, and consulting firm that helped hundreds of health care institutions evaluate and implement patient and family-centered care.
Ted Eytan, Permanente Federation, LLC, United States
Medical Director, Delivery Systems Operations Improvement for the Permanente Federation, LLC. His experience is in working with large medical groups and technologists to bring health care consumers useful information and decision-making health tools to ensure that patients have an active role in their own health care. Eytan is board certified in family practice, and most recently completed service as Medical Director, Health Informatics and Web Services for Group Health Cooperative of Washington State. He is also working with the California Healthcare Foundation to promote patient online access to health information among safety net and employed populations. His clinical interests are preventive care and reducing disparities in health status among vulnerable populations.
Rushika Fernandopulle, Renaissance Health, United States
Founder of Renaissance Health, whose mission is to develop and implement radically new models of care delivery to improve experience, quality, and affordability. As first Executive Director of the Harvard Interfaculty Program for Health Systems Improvement, he led the effort to leverage top faculty from across Harvard University and senior leaders in health care organizations to tackle the largest, most difficult problems facing the health system.
Peter Frishauf, MedPage Today, United States
Founder of SCP Communications, Inc. and Medscape, past President of the Healthcare Marketing and Communications Council, Inc., and former Director of the Association of Medical Publishers. He is the non-executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Crossix Solutions, Inc., and a director of MedPage Today, a site that covers breaking medical news peer-reviewed by the University of Pennsylvania. Peter is also an advisor to the Markle Foundation’s Connecting for Health initiative.
Gilles Frydman, Association of Cancer Online Resources, United States
Gilles Frydman is a pioneer of medical online communities and founder, in 1995, of the Association of Cancer Online Resources, the largest online social network for cancer patients. ACOR has served over a half million cancer patients and caregivers.
Sarah Greene, Cancer Commons, United States
Publishing and new media entrepreneur specializing in biology and medicine/health, with 25 years’ experience and three startups acquired by Wiley, Elsevier, and Thomson Healthcare. She is currently Executive Director of Cancer Commons, a nonprofit, open science initiative dedicated to improving outcomes for today’s cancer patients by speeding and disseminating research on targeted therapies. She was previously Editor-in-Chief of The Scientist and of its parent company, Faculty of 1000, a post-publication peer review service comprising over 10,000 scientists and MD researchers. Greene also developed content-rich websites for the New York Academy of Sciences and the New York Times, and served as Chief Content Officer at Keas.com. Greene belongs to the Founders Circle of the Society of Participatory Medicine and was the founding managing editor of this journal.
Dan Hoch, Massachusetts General Hospital & Harvard Medical School, United States
Neurologist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School, with a clinical interest in the care of patients with epilepsy. He has been a pioneer in using computers and communication technologies to facilitate the care of his patients and is a founding member of Braintalk.org, a collection of over 200 separate online support groups for individuals with neurologic disease. He serves on a number of advocacy and advisory committees in support of patient-centered computing. His most recent research is on the ways in which online virtual environments can be used to facilitate health care and is active in the American Academy of Neurology, the American Epilepsy Society, and the American Medical Informatics Association.
Greg Juhn, beBetter Health, United States
Greg Juhn is Senior Vice President of Marketing and Product Strategy at beBetter Health and former Senior Vice President of Product Strategy at A.D.A.M., Inc. (Nasdaq: ADAM). Greg’s mission is to create integrated health promotion solutions that engage consumers and drive healthy behavior. At beBetter Health, he has helped design an innovative high-touch, high-tech wellness solution for employees that combines personalized health coaching with powerful online collaboration tools.
Gary Kreps, George Mason University, United States
Professor of Health Communication at George Mason University, where he holds the Eileen and Steve Mandell Endowed Chair in the Department of Communication. He directs the Center for Health and Risk Communication, works with the Center for Social Science Research, the National Center for Biodefense and Infectious Disease, the Center for Health Policy and Ethics, the Climate Change Communication Center, and the Center for Consciousness, Transformation, and Human Potential. Kreps was previously founding Chief of the Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch at the National Cancer Institute (NIH) and founding Dean of the School of Communication at Hofstra University. His research examines health communication/promotion, multicultural relations, social organization, and applied research methods, and is the recipient of many awards including the the NCA/ICA Outstanding Health Communication Scholar Award, the Pfizer Professorship of Clear Health Communication, the Future of Health Technology Award, and the Distinguished Achievement Award for Outstanding Contributions in Consumer Health Informatics and Online Health.
Joseph C. Kvedar, Center for Connected Health, Partners HealthCare, United States
Founder and Director of the Center for Connected Health, applying communications technology and online resources to increase access and improve the delivery of quality medical services and patient care outside of the traditional medical setting. The term “connected health” reflects the range of opportunities for technology-enabled care programs and the potential for new strategies in health care delivery.
A division of Partners HealthCare, the Center for Connected Health works with Harvard Medical School-affiliated teaching hospitals, including Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women’s Hospitals. Joe is also a board-certified dermatologist and Associate Professor of Dermatology at Harvard Medical School.
In his role with the Center for Connected Health, Joe launched the first physician-to-physician online consultation service in an academic setting. He is also leading important research in the use of a combination of remote-monitoring technology, sensors, and online communications and intelligence to improve patient adherence, engagement, and clinical outcomes.
Joe is internationally recognized for his leadership and vision in the field of connected health and the application of communications technologies to improve health care to patients. He is a frequent lecturer and has authored over 60 publications on connected health. In 2003, Joe was honored by the New England Business and Technology Association for his extraordinary leadership in the field.
Joe is a past president and board member of the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) and a recent recipient of the ATA’s President’s Award for innovation.
David Lansky, Pacific Business Group on Health, United States
President and Chief Executive Officer of the Pacific Business Group on Health, established in California to improve the affordability and accessibility of high quality health care. Previously, Lansky was Senior Director, Health Program and Executive Director, Personal Health Technology Initiative for the Markle Foundation. For more than twenty years, he has been a proponent of a more responsive health care system in which consumers are partners in their care and help shape the delivery of care. A nationally recognized expert in accountability and quality measurement, Lansky has served as a board member or advisor to numerous health care projects and programs, including President Bush’s 2002 Economic Forum.
Jon Lebkowsky, Social Web Strategies, United States
Author and web strategist who went digital when he saw the social potential of connected computers in the late 1980s. Since then he’s been involved in online community and social network development, net.activism, web development, and web strategy. He is co-founder of Social Web Strategies, a consultancy based in Austin, Texas, and he regularly blogs at his site, Weblogsky.
Faith McLellan, World Health Organization, Switzerland
Recently departed as North American Senior Editor, The Lancet, to join the World Health Organization in Geneva. She previously served as Managing Editor, Physicians Information and Education Resource (PIER) Project at American College of Physicians, and is past President of the Council of Biology Editors.
Carlos Rizo, Health Strategy Innovation Cell, University of Toronto, Canada
Chief Imagineer of the Health Strategy Innovation Cell, based at Massey College, University of Toronto. He is a patient by accident, a physician by training, and a lifelong learner currently enrolled as a PhD candidate at the Department of Health Policy Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto, examining success and failure of health information systems. Carlos is a former fellow on eHealth and innovation at the University Health Network’s Centre for Global eHealth Innovation, and on consumer health informatics at the Patient Education Network, Princess Margaret Hospital. Carlos has written on medical peer-reviewed journals, blogs on disruptive innovations and patient advocacy, and micro-blogs about participatory medicine, patient empowerment, health care innovation, randomness, and life on Twitter and Facebook.
David Rosenthal, Brigham and Women's Hospital, United States
Resident at Brigham and Women’s Hospital; spent last year as Medical Programs Manager for Keas, Inc., a startup health care company developing tools, community, and content for promoting wellness and disease prevention. Rosenthal is interested in the intersection of medicine, video technology, health IT, and the use of narrative storytelling in medicine. He has worked on several film projects, including “Witnessing Death: a grandson’s reflections,” about his family’s experience with Alzheimer’s disease.
Andrew Schorr, Patient Power, United States
Founder and host, Patient Power® webcasts for patients via PatientPower.info, many medical center websites, msn.com search, Microsoft’s Healthvault.com, and many advocacy group websites. A medical journalist, Schorr has been involved in patient education beginning in 1984. In 1996 he became a patient too, diagnosed with leukemia. He entered a clinical trial and today remains in deep remission as he continues his work hosting online programs for patients and in-person “town meetings.” Andrew has won numerous awards for his website, PatientPower.info, and recently received top media awards for his content from the American Society of Colorectal Surgeons and the Women’s Sexual Health Foundation. Andrew is currently writing a book tentatively titled “Rx 3.0: How to Use the Internet Wisely in Times of Personal Medical Crisis.”
Joshua J. Seidman, PhD, Evolent Health, United States
Over the last 22 years in health care, Josh has focused on: quality measurement and improvement; the intersection of e-health and health services research; and structuring consumer e-health interventions to support improved health behaviors and informed decision making. As a Managing Director, Josh oversees quality and performance improvement at Evolent Health, which supports the nation’s leading providers in their population health and care transformation efforts through long-term operating partnerships. Prior to joining Evolent, Josh served as Director of Meaningful Use for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services where he was responsible for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT’s policy development around the meaningful use of electronic health records and e-quality measures. Previously, Josh was the founding President of the Center for Information Therapy, which advanced the practice and science of using health IT to deliver tailored information to consumers to help them make better health decisions. Josh has also served as Director of Measure Development at NCQA and has done research and analysis related to providers at the American College of Cardiology and the Advisory Board Company. Seidman earned a PhD in health services research and an MHS in health policy & management from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, and a BA in political science from Brown University.
Amy Tenderich, DiabetesMine Blog & TNT Initiatives, LLC, United States
Creator of the blog DiabetesMine.com, is a journalist, Health 2.0 advocate/speaker, consultant, blogger, and co-author of the handbook, Know Your Numbers, Outlive Your Diabetes. She recently won the LillyforLife Achievement Award for Diabetes Journalism. DiabetesMine.com is one of the best-read diabetes blog in the country; it ranks in the Top 25 of the World’s Top Blogs in Health & Medicine on the HealthCare100 Index, and has been featured in Newsweek, BusinessWeek, Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, the UK Guardian, NPR’s Future Tense, TechCrunch, and a number of other influential blogs and publications. Amy is also Community Manager of a new social networking site for diabetics called DiabeticConnect.com. As co-founder of TnT Initiatives LLC, she is a regular contributor to a number of leading diabetes publications and provides consulting services to pharmaceutical companies and healthcare technology innovators.
Trisha Torrey, Every Patient's Advocate & About.com, United States
Writer, speaker, blogger, and founder of Every Patients Advocate and DiagKNOWsis, whose mission is to empower patients to advocate for themselves. Torrey also writes columns for publication, hosts a talk radio show called HealthLink on Air, teaches workshops and presents to large groups, and is the Internet medical information research expert at Allexperts.com. In 2007, she became the About.com expert in patient empowerment issues. Torrey began her quest to help others handle the debacle that has become the American health care system after being diagnosed with a very rare, life-threatening cancer in 2004. Her first book, You Bet Your Life! The 10 Mistakes Every Patient Makes, was published in 2009.
Roni Zeiger, Google Health, United States
Currently a product manager at Google where he has helped create and lead Google Health, and a blogger on consumerism in health care on the Huffington Post. He earned his MD at Stanford and completed his internal medicine residency at the University of California, San Francisco. He has written and edited several medical textbooks and has published articles on topics including continuing medical education, clinical decision support tools, and searching for health information on the Web. Zeiger also created a tool called Diagnosaurus, which helps clinicians remember the possible diagnoses for given symptoms—the smartphone version of this tool has been used by more than 100,000 medical students and physicians. He has worked as a primary care physician, an urgent care physician, and has served as a clinical instructor of medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. He was a fellow in medical informatics at Veterans Affairs in Palo Alto, California, and received a masters degree in biomedical informatics from Stanford University.
Adam Bosworth, Keas, Inc., United States
Founder, president, and CEO of Keas Inc., and a technology innovator who was instrumental in building numerous technology products, including Google Health, Microsoft Access, Microsoft Internet Explorer, and BEA WebLogic Integration and Workshop. Prior to starting Keas, Bosworth was instrumental in the development of Google Calendar and Spreadsheets. He then headed Google Health, a personal health information centralization service. Previously, he was the senior vice president of engineering and chief software architect at BEA Systems. Prior to joining BEA, Adam co-founded Crossgain, a software development firm acquired by BEA in 2001. Known as one of the pioneers of XML technology, Adam also held various senior management positions at Microsoft where he was responsible for creating the Microsoft Access PC database and led the team that developed Internet Explorer 4.0’s HTML engine.
Esther Dyson, EDventure, United States
Esther Dyson does business as EDventure Holdings, the reclaimed name of the company she owned for 20-odd years before selling it to CNET Networks in 2004. In the last few years, she has turned her sights towards IT and health care. She dedicated two issues of her newsletter, Release 1.0, to the topic (Health and Identity: No Patient Left Behind? in January 2005 and Personal Health Information: Data Comes Alive! in September 2005). Also in September 2005, she ran the Personal Health Information workshop that laid out many of the challenges still perplexing the health-care community. Currently, she is one of the initial ten subjects of George Church’s Personal Genome Project. Her primary activity is investing in startups and guiding many of them as a board member. Her board seats include 23andMe, Boxbe, Eventful.com, Evernote, Meetup, Voxiva, WPP Group, and Yandex (Russia). Some of her health care investments/advisory roles include HealthWorldWeb, Keas, Medicalgorithmics, Organized Wisdom, Ovusoft, PatientsLikeMe, PatientsKnowBest, Polka.com (planned), ReliefInsite, and previously, Medscape (now part of WebMD), Medstory (sold to Microsoft), and Orbitz. Dyson was the founding chairman of ICANN from 1998 to 2000, and was also chairman of the Electronic Frontier Foundation in the 90’s. In 1997, she wrote Release 2.0: A Design for Living in the Digital Age, which appeared in paperback a year later as Release 2.1. In 1994, she wrote a seminal essay on intellectual property for Wired magazine. She sits on the advisory board of this journal.
Kate Lorig, Stanford University, United States
Kate Lorig, RN, DrPH, is Director of the Stanford Patient Education Research Center and Associate Professor of Medicine in the Stanford School of Medicine. She earned her bachelors degree in nursing at Boston University, and her masters and doctorate of public health (DrPH) in health education at the University of California, Berkeley. She came to Stanford in 1979 while a graduate student at Cal to develop and research an educational program that emphasized self-help skills for people with arthritis. This program became the Arthritis Self-Help Course, which is now offered to thousands of people with arthritis in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, South Africa, Scandanavia, and elsewhere, and was the prototype for the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, the Positive Self-Management Program for HIV/AIDS, the Back Pain Self-Management Program, and others. She has authored several books and many articles about arthritis, chronic disease in general, health education, and behavioral science. She travels extensively at the invitation of organizations concerned with patient care and academic research.
Kevin Kelly, Cool Tools; The Technium, United States
Founding Executive Editor and now Editor-at-Large of Wired magazine: and former Editor/Publisher of The Whole Earth Catalog and co-founder with Stewart Brand of The Well (Whole Earth ‘Lectronic Link). Kelly is an expert on digital culture and the author of Out of Control: The New Biology of Machines, Social Systems, and the Economic World, which argues that intelligence is not organized in a centralized structure but much more like a beehive of small simple components; and he applies this view to bureaucratic organizations, intelligent computers, as well as to the human brain. He currently has several blogs including The Technium, and is helping to make a full inventory of all living species on earth: The Linnaean Enterprise.
David C. Kibbe, American Academy of Family Physicians and Kibbe Group LLC, United States
Dr. Kibbe is an innovator and independent thought leader in the fields of primary care EHR technology and consumer health IT in the United States. A co-developer of the ASTM Continuity of Care Record standard, or CCR, that utilizes XML for computable health information exchange, he is an experienced clinician who practiced medicine in private and academic settings for more than 15 years. Dr. Kibbe has taught informatics at the School of Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and founded two health care IT companies. From 2002 until 2006, Dr. Kibbe was the founding director of the Center for Health Information Technology for the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the membership organization that represents over 95,000 U.S. family doctors. The Center is now the locus of the AAFP’s technical expertise, advocacy, research and member services associated with health IT, and a leading international resource on information and communications technology for physicians in primary care. Kibbe maintains his relationship on a part time basis with the AAFP as Senior Advisor, is an active blogger on health IT policy, and provides strategic, policy, and IT consulting to a wide variety of firms and institutions. He is a frequent speaker on health IT trends and innovations, especially on the topics of patient engagement and physician-patient information sharing.
Howard Rheingold, UC Berkeley and Stanford University, United States
Critic and writer whose specialties are on the cultural, social, and political implications of modern communication media such as the Internet, mobile technology, and virtual communities (a term he is credited with inventing). In 1991, he wrote Virtual Reality: Exploring the Brave New Technologies of Artificial Experience and Interactive Worlds from Cyberspace to Teledildonics. Rheingold also edited the Whole Earth Review, served as Editor-in-Chief of the Millennium Whole Earth Catalog, and was Founding Executive Editor of HotWired, one of the first commercial content websites published in 1994 by Wired magazine. In 2002, Rheingold published Smart Mobs, exploring the potential for technology to augment collective intelligence. He currently teaches courses at UC Berkeley and Stanford University.
Clay Shirky, New York University, United States
Adjunct Professor NYU’s graduate Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) and author of Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations, about what happens when people are given the tools to do things together without needing traditional organizational structures. Consultant, teacher, and writer on the social and economic effects of Internet technologies, with a focus on how decentralized technologies such as peer-to-peer, Web services, and wireless networks provide alternatives to the wired client/server infrastructure that characterizes the Web.
Eric von Hippel, MIT Sloan School of Management, United States
Economist and Professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management and Fellow, Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard Law School, specializing in the nature and economics of distributed and open innovation. Author of two books, The Sources of Innovation (1988) and Democratizing Innovation (2005), von Hippel is best known for his work developing the concept of user innovation—that end-users, rather than manufacturers, are responsible for a large amount of new innovation. In order to describe this phenomenon, he introduced the term “lead user” and has produced video tutorials on the theme.
Peter Yellowlees, UC Davis, United States
Director of the Graduate Program in Health Informatics and Professor of Psychiatry at UC Davis. Yellowlees was earlier chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Queensland, and Founding Director of the Center for Online Health, and moved to UC Davis in 2004 to continue his research in telemedicine and eHealth. He is presently working on projects involving robotic surgery, electronic record implementation, data mining and disease management protocols, Internet e-mail and video consultation services, and the use of virtual reality for health education on the Internet. He has published four books; his latest Your Health in the Information Age (www.InformationAgeHealth.com) was published in 2008.