Manuel Castells is University Professor and holds the Wallis Annenberg Chair at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. He is a professor of sociology and director of the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute at the Open University of Catalonia; professor emeritus of sociology and city/regional planning at the UC Berkeley; Distinguished Visiting Professor of Internet Studies at Oxford and of Science, Technology & Society at Santa Clara University. Among his twenty-five books are The Information Age and Communication Power, both widely translated. He has seventeen honorary doctorates and medals from universities in Europe, North America, Latin America, and Asia, and is a fellow of the European Academy, the Spanish Royal Academy of Economics, and the British Academy. Castells has been knighted by France, Finland, Catalonia, Chile, and Portugal. He has served on numerous international advisory committees and was a founding member of the Scientific Council of the EC’s European Research Council. He is a trustee of the California Institute of the Arts and a board member of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.