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Clay Shirky

Clay Shirky
Associate Teacher

Phone: 212 992 9340

Office: 721 Broadway, 4th Fl


Design Expo
Social Software
Design for UNICEF
Thinking about Networks
Network Effects
Studio (Social Software)
Social Facts: Motivation


BA, Yale University


Currently focusing on social software and peer-to-peer technologies, and the ways electronic networks shape the social lives of the groups that form there, and vice-versa. Clay writes extensively about the Internet, and his writings have appeared in the IEEE Computer magazine, FEED, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Harvard Business Review, and Business 2.0, among others. He also works as a consultant, and his current and former clients include Nokia, Barnes and Noble, the Markle Foundation, the BBC, and the Library of Congress. He publishes a monthly newsletter called "Networks, Economics, and Culture", and his essays are being collected into a book, to be published by O'Reilly and Associates.