Lee Rainie is the Director of the Pew Research Center's Internet Project. Prior to launching the Pew Internet Project, Lee was managing editor of U.S. News & World Report. Read full bio
Why Pew Research Center is going deeper on science
While we have explored science-related issues in the past, our new science publication marks a more formal commitment to studying the intersection of science with all aspects of society – from public opinion, to politics and policymaking, to religious and ethical considerations, to education and the economy.
What will digital life look like in 2025? Highlights from our reports
The wealth of material from this non-scientific, opt-in canvassing of experts resulted in seven reports about what trends might emerge in online life between now and 2025. Here are some key takeaways.
Census: Computer ownership, internet connection varies widely across U.S.
Nearly 25 years after the birth of the world wide web, most Americans have computers and internet access, but the nation remains a patchwork of connectivity, with some metro areas full of high-speed connections and others much less plugged in.
7 surprises about libraries in our surveys
As librarians around the country gather in Las Vegas for the American Library Association’s annual conference, here are findings that stand out from our research.
What happens to the internet after the U.S. hands off ICANN to others?
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is a multinational organization that oversees the address book of the internet thanks to a contract issued by the U.S. government. What happens when this contract expires in September 2015?
The six types of Twitter conversations
Have you ever wondered what a Twitter conversation looks like from 10,000 feet?
Emerging nations catching up to U.S. on technology adoption, especially mobile and social media use
Within a remarkably short period of time, some developing nations are catching up to the U.S. in technology use.
10 facts about Americans and public libraries
Technology and the internet are changing Americans’ reading habits and also their relationship with libraries. But what hasn’t changed is Americans’ love for books.
7 things to know about offline Americans
The Pew Research Center recently reported that 15% of American adults are not internet users. Here are some lesser-known things that we found when in exploring offline Americans and their lives.
Internet phone calling is on the rise
Almost a third of American internet users now place phone calls online using platforms such as Skype or Vonage.