Geert Lovink (born 1959, Amsterdam) is a Research Professor of Interactive Media at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam (HvA) and an Associate Professor of New Media at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). Lovink earned his master’s degree in political science at the University of Amsterdam, holds a PhD at the University of Melbourne on the Dynamics of Critical Internet Culture and has been a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Queensland. Lovink is the founding director of the Institute of Network Cultures, whose goals are to explore, document and feed the potential for socio-economical change of the new media field through events, publications and open dialogue. As theorist, activist and net critic, Lovink has made an effort in helping to shape the development of the web. Since the early eighties, Lovink has been involved in a range of different projects and initiatives in the field of new media.