Mr. Shirky is author of Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations and Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age which examine how society can harness the transformative power of technology and create social interaction. He holds a joint appointment at New York University as a Distinguished Writer in Residence at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and Assistant Arts Professor in the New Media focused graduate Interactive Telecommunications Program.
Mr. Shirky's 2009 essay, Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable, is a defining moment in the transformation of newspapers in the digital age.
"I am fond of quoting Clay for saying 'there is no general model for newspapers to replace the one that the internet just broke' because we have a shared vision of the news industry. We also have a shared belief on digital's role in the future of news and information in our communities. Clay is an exciting addition to our Advisory Board and will help us identify the challenges facing journalists in the ever-evolving digital media landscape," said John Paton, Chief Executive Office of Digital First Media.
"The current crisis is not pushing newspapers to move from one old model to one new model. It's pushing them to move from one old model to lots of new ones. The exciting thing about Digital First Media is the number of different experiments they are willing to try simultaneously," said Mr. Shirky.
Mr. Shirky becomes the fourth member of Digital First Media's Advisory Board which includes: Emily Bell, Director for the Tow Center of Digital Journalism at Columbia University; Jay Rosen, Professor and former chair of the Journalism Program at New York University; Jeff Jarvis, Professor and Director of the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at The City University of New York.
Mr. Shirky has been writing about the internet since 1996 and his columns have appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Harvard Business Review and Wired. He is a member of the Wikimedia Foundation's Advisory Board and was the first Professor of New Media in the Media Studies department at Hunter College, where he developed the MFA in Integrated Media Arts program.
In 2010 Mr. Shirky was a visiting Morrow Lecturer at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government and was also named one of Foreign Policy's "Top 100 Global Thinkers."
He has given talks all over the world, including TED talk on How Social Media Can Make History.
Prior to joining the NYU faculty, Mr. Shirky was a partner at the investment firm The Accelerator Group, and the Chief Technology Officer of Site Specific, a web design firm based in Manhattan. In the early 1990s, Shirky was vice-president of the New York chapter of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and wrote technology guides for Ziff Davis.
He appeared as an expert witness on Internet culture in Shea v. Reno, a case cited in the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to strike down the Communications Decency Act in 1996.
Shirky is a 1986 cum laude graduate of Yale University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in fine arts.
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