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Renowned for his superior knowledge of communication technology, Steve Jones was asked to review the initial proposals for the fledgling Internet back when it was still commonly referred to as the "information superhighway". Jones received his Ph.D. in Communication at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 1987, though he has been internetworking since 1979. With more than 20 years of experience with the Internet, Jones is considered one of the top social historians in communication technology.

Jones has written six books on the subject of communication technology, such as The Encyclopedia of New Media and Doing Internet Research. Jones’ extensive research on the Internet, in regards to its social impact and commercial uses, has gained him editorial positions with journals such as New Media & Society, which explores the impact of new media upon people, politics and culture. Jones is also President of The Association of Internet Researchers, which is "dedicated to the advancement of the cross-disciplinary field of Internet studies". As a result of Jones’ work, the world has a better understanding of the social benefits and costs of the Internet.

Jones is currently a professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago, as well as the head of the Communication department. . Jones also gives lectures and presentations about the social impact of the Internet. Along with his lecturing, research and writing, Jones finds time to do Internet consulting for non-profit organizations and high tech companies.

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