The surveys are conducted
through online questionnaires to which a selected group of experts and the highly engaged
Internet public have been invited to respond.
Experts were located in two ways. First, several thousand were identified in an extensive canvassing
of scholarly, government, and business documents from the period 1990‐1995 to see who had
ventured predictions about the future impact of the Internet. Several hundred of them participated
in the first three surveys conducted by Pew Internet and Elon University, and they were
recontacted for this survey. Second, expert participants were hand‐picked due to their positions as
stakeholders in the development of the Internet.
Here are some of the respondents: Clay Shirky, Esther Dyson, Doc Searls, Nicholas Carr, Susan
Crawford, David Clark, Jamais Cascio, Peter Norvig, Craig Newmark, Hal Varian, Howard Rheingold,
Andreas Kluth, Jeff Jarvis, Andy Oram, David Sifry, Marc Rotenberg, John Pike, Andrew Nachison,
Anthony Townsend, Ethan Zuckerman, Stephen Downes, Rebecca MacKinnon, Jim Warren, Sandra
Brahman, Seth Finkelstein, Jerry Berman, and Stewart Baker.