Newton Lee

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Newton Lee
Born British Hong Kong
Nationality United States
Fields Computer Science
Information Technology
Institutions Bell Laboratories
Institute for Defense Analyses
National University of Singapore
The Walt Disney Company
Woodbury University
Alma mater Virginia Tech
Vincennes University

Newton Lee is a computer scientist who is an author and administrator in the field of education and technology commercialization.


Lee holds a B.S. and M.S. in computer science from Virginia Tech,[1] and an electrical engineering degree and honorary doctorate from Vincennes University.[2] He was the founding president of the Los Angeles chapter of the Virginia Tech Alumni Association.[1]


Lee is adjunct professor of Media Technology at Woodbury University School of Media, Culture & Design.[3] Previously, he was senior producer and lead engineer at The Walt Disney Company,[4] research scientist at VTLS where he created the world's first annotated multimedia OPAC for the U.S. National Agricultural Library,[5] computer science and artificial intelligence researcher at AT&T Bell Laboratories where he created Bell Labs' first-ever commercial AI tool,[6] and research staff member at the Institute for Defense Analyses conducting military-standard Ada research for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).[7]


Lee is the founding editor-in-chief of the nonprofit ACM Computers in Entertainment magazine published by the Association for Computing Machinery[8] for which he has interviewed Who's Who including Roy E. Disney,[9] Quincy Jones,[10] and George Lucas.[11]


Lee is an author[12] known for his total information awareness book series:

  1. Facebook Nation: Total Information Awareness is touted by Adweek as "a great book for social media experts, offering a comprehensive look at Facebook in the context of social media, and covering privacy well."[13]
  2. Counterterrorism and Cybersecurity: Total Information Awareness is praised by Brad Reid and Alessandro Berni at ACM Computing Reviews that the book is "a timely, informative, and interesting discussion of cybersecurity and cyberterrorism"[14] and it is "very rich, accurate, and well-documented."[15]
  3. Google It: Total Information Awareness is applauded by Dr. Laura Wilhelm for The Hollywood Times that "Newton Lee's thorough and thoughtful analysis should please pacifists in search of lasting solutions to the planet's biggest problems."[16]

Lee is also editor and curator of SpringerBriefs in Computer Science,[17] Springer International Series on Computer Entertainment and Media Technology,[18] and Springer Encyclopedia of Computer Graphics and Games.[19]

His academic books include:[20]

  1. Google It: Total Information Awareness (2016), ISBN 978-1-4939-6413-0
  2. Counterterrorism and Cybersecurity: Total Information Awareness, 2nd Edition (2015), ISBN 978-3-319-17243-9
  3. Facebook Nation: Total Information Awareness, 2nd Edition (2014), ISBN 978-1-4939-1739-6
  4. Digital Da Vinci: Computers in the Arts and Sciences (2014), ISBN 978-1-4939-0964-3
  5. Digital Da Vinci: Computers in Music (2014), ISBN 978-1-4939-0535-5
  6. Counterterrorism and Cybersecurity: Total Information Awareness (2013), ISBN 978-1-4614-7204-9
  7. Facebook Nation: Total Information Awareness (2013), ISBN 978-1-4614-5307-9
  8. Disney Stories: Getting to Digital (2012), ISBN 978-1-4614-2100-9

Movies and Games[edit]

Lee was credited as a software engineer for Disney's Animated Storybooks (1994 Video Game)[21] and Pocahontas (1996 Video Game).[22]

He was also credited for web design and game development for the 2015 documentary film Finding Noah: The Search for Noah's Ark.[23]


Lee has executive produced dance-pop songs that have charted on U.S. Billboard, U.K. Music Week, and U.S. iTunes HOT 100 (Electronic) as well as appeared on American Idol and Lifetime original movie Cheyenne.[24]

In 2016, he curated and released the Google It (Soundtrack) music album consisting of Roger Hodgson's The Logical Song, Princess X's Free, and six cover songs from the Beatles, the Eagles, R.E.M., Pink Floyd, and Zager and Evans.[25]


Lee is an Education and Media Advisor for the United States Transhumanist Party.[26] Previously he was a campaign advisor to Zoltan Istvan for the 2016 U.S. presidential election.[27]


Lee is the founding president of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit Institute for Education, Research, and Scholarships (IFERS) acknowledged by Alan Kay and Quincy Jones at the American Film Institute on November 4, 2006 during the ACM Computers in Entertainment awards ceremony[28][29] as well as by Senator Richard D. Roth of the California State Senate on March 14, 2016 in support of Type 1 diabetes awareness and research.[30]

Advisory Boards[edit]

Lee has served on the advisory boards at Virginia Tech,[31] University of Southern California,[32] Murdoch University,[33] Digital Hollywood,[34] and the High School Music Company.[35]


  1. ^ a b Harris, Sally (2005). "Here are the Hokies in your neighborhood". Virginia Tech Magazine. Vol. 27. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. 
  2. ^ "Gregg and Lee receive honorary degrees". Trailblazer. Vol. 76. Vincennes University. 2000-04-28. 
  3. ^ "Woodbury University Media Technology". Woodbury University. Retrieved 2016-10-16. 
  4. ^ "Disney VoluntEARS". Disney Consumer Products News. The Walt Disney Company. 1998. 
  5. ^ "InfoStation: A multimedia access system for library automation". The Electronic Library. 1990. 
  6. ^ "Programming with P-Shell" (PDF). IEEE Xplore. 1986. 
  7. ^ Military Standard Common APSE (Ada Programming Support Environment) Interface Set (CAIS). Defense Technical Information Center. 1985. 
  8. ^ Gold, Virginia (2003-12-08). "ACM's Online Magazine Explores Computer Games and Education". Association for Computing Machinery. 
  9. ^ "Interview with Roy E. Disney". Association for Computing Machinery. 2003. 
  10. ^ "Interview with Quincy Jones". Association for Computing Machinery. 2004. 
  11. ^ "Interview with George Lucas". Association for Computing Machinery. 2007. 
  12. ^ "Lee, Newton". OCLC WorldCat. Retrieved 2017-02-19. 
  13. ^ M, Will (2013-01-15). "BOOK REVIEW: 'Facebook Nation: Total Information Awareness' Is A Must". AdWeek SocialTimes. 
  14. ^ Reid, Brad (2013-07-18). "Counterterrorism and cybersecurity: total information awareness". ACM Computing Reviews. 
  15. ^ Berni, Alessandro (2015-10-12). "Counterterrorism and cybersecurity: total information awareness". ACM Computing Reviews. 
  16. ^ Wilhelm, Laura (2016-08-08). "GOOGLE IT and Global Issues". The Hollywood Times. 
  17. ^ "SpringerBriefs in Computer Science". Springer Science+Business Media. 
  18. ^ "International Series on Computer Entertainment and Media Technology". Springer Science+Business Media. 
  19. ^ "Encyclopedia of Computer Graphics and Games". Springer International Publishing. 2016. 
  20. ^ "Books & CD Roms". Retrieved 2016-10-16. 
  21. ^ "Animated StoryBook: The Lion King (1994 Video Game) Cast & Crew". IMDb. 
  22. ^ "Pocahontas (1996 Video Game) Cast & Crew". IMDb. 
  23. ^ "Finding Noah Full Cast & Crew". IMDb. 
  24. ^ "Executive Producer Newton Lee". Hollywood Weekly. 2016. 
  25. ^ "Google It (Soundtrack)". iTunes. 2016-08-18. 
  26. ^ "Advisors". The Transhumanist Party. Retrieved 2016-11-24. 
  27. ^ "The original & historic website of the Transhumanist Party". Zoltan Istvan. Retrieved 2016-12-19. 
  28. ^ Schwarz, Joyce (2006-11-05). "Quincy Jones & Dr. Alan Kay @ ACM Computers in Entertainment Awards at AFI". Hollywood2020. 
  29. ^ "Quincy Jones' IFERS address at the American Film Institute, November 4, 2006". YouTube. 2016-10-16. 
  30. ^ "Senator Roth's Measure to Raise Awareness of Type 1 Diabetes Approved by State Senate". California State Senate. 2016-03-14. 
  31. ^ "Virginia Tech Department of Computer Science". Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Retrieved 2016-10-16. 
  32. ^ "IMSC eNews". Integrated Media Systems Center, a National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center at the University of Southern California. 2003. 
  33. ^ "Intelligent and Interactive Media Lab". Murdoch University. Retrieved 2016-10-16. 
  34. ^ "University Project - Board of Advisors". Digital Hollywood. 2006. 
  35. ^ "The High School Music Company". Digital Hollywood. Retrieved 2016-10-16. 

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