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Board of Advisors:
Gareth Branwyn
Gareth Branwyn writes on the leaky margins between technology and culture for Wired, The Industry Standard, the Baltimore Sun, Esquire and other publications. He's written several books, including The Happy Mutant Handbook (with Mark Frauenfelder and Carla Sinclair), Jargon Watch: A Pocket Dictionary for the Jitterati, and Jamming the Media. He swears that he wrote the very first book on the World Wide Web: Mosaic Quick Tour, published in early '94. He is Le Grand Fromage at Street Tech, a "sucks less" technology review site. Gareth lives in Arlington, VA with jazz singer Pam Bricker and their 13 year old son, Blake, who already knows more about computers than he does.
Mark Frauenfelder
Mark Frauenfelder is a writer and illustrator living in Los Angeles. He co-founded bOING bOING magazine, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Wired Online. He writes a monthly column for Playboy called "Living Online," and was the co-editor of The Happy Mutant Handbook (Putnam-Berkley, 1995).
Mikki Halpin
Mikki Halpin is the author of The Geek Handbook and writes frequently on techno-culture. She was an editor at Ben is Dead, LA's legendary fringe culture magazine, and editor-in-chief of STIM (, one of the first web publications. Most recently she was a producer at Oxygen Media.
Joichi Ito is the founder and CEO of Neoteny, venture capital firm focused on personal communications and enabling technologies. He has created numerous Internet companies including PSINet Japan, Digital Garage and Infoseek Japan. In 1997 Time Magazine ranked him as a member of the CyberElite. In 2000 he was ranked among the "50 Stars of Asia" by Business Week and commended by the Japanese Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications for supporting the advancement of IT. In 2001 the World Economic Forum chose him as one of the 100 "Global Leaders of Tomorrow" for 2002.
Jon Lebkowsky has been soaking in Internet culture and community for the last decade. He's served as community host/moderator for the WELL, Electric Minds, and HotWired. He has written technoculture articles and rants for Wired Magazine, Whole Earth Review, The Austin Chronicle, 21C, Factsheet Five, Mondo 2000, and other publications, and was the "consciousness" sub-domain editor of The Millennium Whole Earth Catalog. As co-founder and former CEO of FringeWare, Inc., he was a pioneer in electronic commerce and its relationship to online community. An Internet activist, he was actively involved in initiatives of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Global Internet Liberty Campaign. He recently served as Online Community Director for and Web Technology Director for
Howard Rheingold
Howard Rheingold is the author of numerous books including Tools for Thought and Virtual Reality. In 1985, Howard became involved in the WELL, a computer conferencing system. He started writing about life in my virtual community and ended up with a book about the cultural and political implications of a new communications medium, The Virtual Community. He was also the editor of The Whole Earth review and editor in chief of The Millennium Whole Earth Catalog. In 1994, he was one of the principal architects and the first Executive Editor of HotWired. In 1996, Howard founded and, with the help of a crew of 15, launched Electric Minds. He's now become a professional community builder as well.
Douglas Rushkoff
Douglas Rushkoff is the author of seven books on new media and popular culture including Coercion, Cyberia, Media Virus, Playing the Future, and the novel Ecstasy Club. His radio commentaries air on NPR's "All Things Considered", and his monthly column is distributed through New York Times Syndicate. Rushkoff lectures about media, society and change, is professor of media culture at New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Program, an Advisor to the United Nations Commission on World Culture, on the Board of Directors of the Media Ecology Association, and a founding member of Technorealism.

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