Anthony Townsend

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Introduction Anthony has been researching the implications of new technology on cities and public institutions for over a decade. At the Institute for the Future, Anthony's work focuses on several inter-related topics: pervasive computing, the urban environment, economics and demographics, public and nonprofit organizations, and the media industry. During 2005-6 he served on San Francisco's TechConnect Digital Inclusion Task Force. Prior to joining the Institute for the Future, Anthony enjoyed a brief but productive academic career at New York University, where he directed research sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the Department of Homeland Security. Anthony is active in international futures research networks, and received a Fulbright scholarship in 2004 to study the social impacts of broadband in South Korea. He was one of the original founders of NYCwireless, a pioneer in the municipal wireless movement. Anthony received his Ph.D. in urban and regional planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2003.