Clay Shirky

Updated: 12/01/2019 by Computer Hope
Clay Shirky

Name: Clay Shirky

Born: 1964 in Columbia, Missouri

Computer-related contributions

  • American writer, consultant, lecturer, and teacher on the social and economic effects of Internet technologies.
  • Former vice president of the New York chapter of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, where he wrote technology guides for Ziff-Davis.

Significant publications

  • Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations (2011).
  • Hello Avatar: Rise of the Networked Generation (2011).
  • Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age (2010).
  • Group as User: Flaming and the Design of Social Software (2005).
  • A Group is its Own Worst Enemy (2005).
  • Planning for Web Services: Obstacles and Opportunities (2003).


"Technology has turned many past consumers into producers."