Speaker Biography

Jeffrey Cole

TitleDirector and CEO, Center for the Digital Future at USC Annenberg
BioJeffrey Cole has been at the forefront of media and communication technology issues both in the United States and internationally for the past 25 years. An expert in the field of technology and emerging media, Cole serves as an adviser to governments and leading companies around the world as they craft digital strategies. In July 2004 Dr. Cole joined the USC Annenberg School for Communication as Director of the newly formed Center for the Digital Future and as a Research Professor. The Center is a research and policy institute committed to work that has a real and beneficial effect on people’s lives, while seeking to maximize the positive potential of the mass media and our rapidly evolving communication technologies.

Cole founded and directs the World Internet Project (WIP), a long-term longitudinal look at the effects of computer and Internet technology, which is conducted in more than 25 countries. Seventeen years into the project, the WIP, through its unique data on Internet users around the world, is the leading international project examining the ways in which our social, economic and media lives are changing.

Cole regularly presents trends and insights of the project to the White House, FCC, Congress, Department of Defense and to governments around the world. He has worked with both the Clinton and George W. Bush White House on media and telecommunications issues. He regularly makes presentations across the U.S. and in Europe, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa.