Clay Shirky

Clay Shirky is a writer and consultant on Internet technologies, focussing on the rise of decentralizing technologies such as peer-to-peer and Web Services.He is currently teaching a class entitled "Thinking About Networks" at NYU's graduate Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) in the fall of 2001, and writes extensively about the Internet for the O'Reilly Network, where he has a regular column on He is a co-author of the upcoming O'Reilly research report on Peer-to-Peer, and is the Senior Analyst for the forthcoming reports on Web Services and Bioinformatics.He has written for the original Business 2.0 and FEED magazine, and writes occasional pieces for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Harvard Business Review. His earlier work appeared in Silicon Alley Reporter,, Urban Desires, and net_worker magazine.Over the years he has worked as a writer, programmer, professor, and consultant. He was Partner for Technology Strategy for The Accelerator Group in 2000 and 2001, Professor of New Media at Hunter College from 1998-2000, and CTO of Site Specific, an NYC-based web shop, from 1995 to 1997.Before there was a Web, he wrote and edited books for Ziff-Davis Press, authoring a book on e-mail and another on network culture, and editing the first book written on HTML. Before that he was a director and lighting designer of avant-garde theater in New York City, working with the Wooster Group and directing his own company, Hard Place theater, which produced and performed "non-fiction theater", pieces created in rehearsal from collages of found sources. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Art from Yale University.


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