Douglas Thomas

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For the American politician in Maine, see Douglas Thomas (politician).

Douglas Thomas (born 1966) is an American scholar, researcher, and journalist. He is Associate Professor at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California where he studies technology, communication, and culture. He is author or editor of numerous books including Reading Nietzsche Rhetorically (Guilford, 1998), Cybercrime: Security and Surveillance in the Information Age (with Brian Loader, Routledge, 2000), Hacker Culture (University of Minnesota Press, 2002), and Technological Visions: The Hopes and Fears that Shape New Technologies (with Marita Sturken and Sandra Ball-Rokeach). He has published numerous articles in academic journals and is the founding editor of Games & Culture: A Journal of Interactive Media.

In 1998 and 1999, he covered the case of Kevin Mitnick for Wired News. On July 24, 2002, he testified before Congress of the topic of Cyber Terrorism and Critical Infrastructure Protection.[1]

His research has been funded by the Annenberg Center for Communication, The Richard Lounsbery Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation and has focused on the relationship between virtual worlds and civic engagement and digital media and learning.

His recent article, co-authored with John Seely Brown, "The Gamer Disposition" was named a Harvard Business Review Breakthrough Idea of 2008, [2][3][4] and also featured it on its Conversation Starter blog. [5]