About

headshot copyI am the founder of TOOLKIT.ie, an innovation consultancy, and Head of Ecosystem for PageFair, which is helping to build sustainable business models for online publishers.

Previously I was Executive Director of The Innovation Academy at UCD. Before that I was the Chief Innovation Officer of The Irish Times, where I established a multi-million euro R&D programme with Science Foundation Ireland and Enterprise Ireland. I also introduced startups to work inside the 154 year old newspaper for the first time. I was an associate on the emerging digital environment at the Judge Business School of the University of Cambridge from 2011-14.

My second book A History of the Internet and the Digital Future is on the reading list at Harvard, Stanford, and other top tier institutions. My writing has appeared in Fortune, ContagiousBusinessWeek, Wired, NATO Review, Ars Technica, and The Irish Times.

My PhD at the University of Cambridge, where I was an O’Reilly Foundation Scholar at Magdalene College, examined how terrorist memes proliferate online. My previous research was the most cited source in the European Commission’s official impact assessment that decided against pursuing an EU-wide system of Internet censorship. (In an earlier existence I planned to be a 3D animator and worked as a designer.)

I am @johnnyryan on Twitter.

E-mail: johnnyryan1@gmail.com

Book rights contact: maria@reaktionbooks.co.uk

Speaking engagements:

I have spoken at the United Nations, the European Commission, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Google Europlex, Chatham House, and at government and industry events around the world. To book me as a keynote speaker see http://www.londonspeakerbureau.com/uk/speakers/johnny_ryan