Lee Rainie is the director of the Pew Research Center's Internet Project, a non-profit, non-partisan "fact tank" that studies the social impact of the Internet. The Project has issued more than 450 reports based on its surveys that examine people's online activities and the Internet's role in their lives. Rainie is a co-author of Networked: The New Social Operating System, a book about the social impact of technology, written with Barry Wellman. He also is a co-author of five books about the future of the Internet that are based on Project surveys: Up for Grabs; Hopes and Fears; Ubiquity, Mobility, Security; Challenges and Opportunities; and Battle for Control. Prior to launching the Pew Internet Project, Rainie was managing editor of U.S. News & World Report. He is a graduate of Harvard University and has a master's degree in political science from Long Island University.
Rainie visited the Center in December 2012 to discuss recent research by the Pew Research Center, including a report he co-authored entitled "The Future of Gamification."