David Weinberger

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David Weinberger
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David Weinberger
Born 1950
New York
Occupation technologist, pundit

David Weinberger (born 1950) is an American technologist, professional speaker,[1] and commentator, probably best known as co-author of the Cluetrain Manifesto (originally a website, and eventually a book, which has been described as "a primer on Internet marketing" [2]). Weinberger's work focuses on how the Internet is changing human relationships, communication, knowledge and society.

A philosopher by training, he holds a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto and taught college from 1980-1986. He was a gag writer for the comic strip "Inside Woody Allen" from 1976-1983.[3] He became a marketing consultant and executive at several high-tech companies, and currently serves as a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School, where he co-teaches a class on "The Web Difference" with John Palfrey. In addition, he is Co-Director of the Harvard Library Innovation Lab[4] at Harvard Law School. He had the title Senior Internet Advisor to Howard Dean's 2004 presidential campaign, and provided technology policy advice to John Edwards' 2008 presidential campaign.[5]

He is the author of several books including The Cluetrain Manifesto,[6] Small Pieces Loosely Joined: A Unified Theory of the Web,[7] Everything is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder[8] and 2012 Too Big to Know: Rethinking Knowledge Now That the Facts Aren't the Facts, Experts Are Everywhere, and the Smartest Person in the Room Is the Room.[9]

Other works

  • World of Ends, What the Internet Is and How to Stop Mistaking It for Something Else (with Doc Searls)


  1. ^ Gold Stars Speakers Bureau - David Weinberger
  2. ^ Netwatch. (April 15, 1999) Guardian Unlimited
  3. ^ On the Move: Web philosopher finds a thrill in evolving medium
  4. ^ "The Harvard Library Innovation Laboratory". Retrieved 2012-07-16. 
  5. ^ Susan Bratton. "Interview with David Weinberger". PLM. Retrieved 2007-11-21. 
  6. ^ Weinberger, David; Locke, Christopher; Doc Searls (2000). The Cluetrain Manifesto. ft com. ISBN 0-273-65023-8. 
  7. ^ Weinberger, David (2002). Small pieces loosely joined: a unified theory of the Web. Cambridge, Mass: Perseus. ISBN 0-7382-0543-5. 
  8. ^ Weinberger, David (2007). Everything is miscellaneous: the power of the new digital disorder. New York: Times Books. ISBN 0-8050-8043-0. 
  9. ^ Weinberger, David (2012). Too Big to Know: Rethinking Knowledge Now That the Facts Aren't the Facts, Experts Are Everywhere, and the Smartest Person in the Room Is the Room. New York: Basic Books. ISBN 0-465-02142-5. 

External links

  • Blog
  • Harvard/Berkman Center page
    • Web of Ideas: The Authority of Wikipedia includes Samuel Klein and Aaron Swartz
    • Fellow: Is Wikipedia Legit? - (Note that Weinberger suggests that the Crimson got his position on the reliability of Wikipedia backwards.(See blog footnote)
  • Podcast Interview at MFG Innovationcast (starting minute 11:10)
  • Podcast Interview at CBC's Spark.
  • Interview on 99FACES.tv about The Cluetrain Manifesto and Too Big To Know
  • Roberts, Russ. "David Weinberger Podcasts". EconTalk. Library of Economics and Liberty. 
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