Howard Rheingold is a California-based writer, critic and teacher, specialized on cultural, social and political implications of modern communications media. Rheingold started plugging a computer into his telephone in 1983 and from that time he has been one of the internet pioneers.
He wrote about “Virtual reality” in 1991 and has written more than 15 books about the mind, internet, social media and collaboration – his latest book, “NetSmart; how to thrive online” came in 2012. He used his MacArthur Foundation Digital Media award in 2008 to establish a Social Media Classroom online and also runs Rheingold U. Howard Rheingold has been a lecturer at Stanford, UCLA, Berkeley’s School of Information, all in the US, and De Montfort university in Leicester, UK. His special field of interest in the last decade has been collaboration and collective action.
Rheingold will participate with a Norwegian team of debaters, as he will be in Trondheim giving a lecture to the Norwegian conference for Education and Learning (NKUL) about social media and co-learning. He will, for EFF13, give a ten minute initial presentation about the implications of social media and virtual communities (a term he is credited with inventing) on how we learn.