• 449 Citations
  • 8 h-Index
1984 …2016
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Lee W.McKnight is an Associate Professor in the iSchool (The School of Information Studies), Syracuse University, Faculty Advisor to the Worldwide Innovation Technology and Entrepreneurship Club (WiTec), and an Affiliate of the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism (INSTC). Lee lectures annually at MIT since 1998. Lee was Principal Investigator of the 2011 Technology Project of Year TACNY Award-winning National Science Foundation Partnerships for Innovation Wireless Grids Innovation Testbed (WiGiT) project 2009-2014. Lee is inventor of edgeware, a new class of software for creating secure ad hoc overlay cloud to edge applications, services, and Things. Lee's research focuses on blockchain and cloud management of cyber-physically secure dynamic edge services, virtual markets and wireless grids, the global information economy, national and international technology policy, and Internet governance. Lee was previously Research Associate Professor of Computer Science, Associate Professor of International Information and Communication, and Director of the Edward R. Murrow Center at Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University; Principal Research Associate, Lecturer, and Visiting Scholar at MIT; and Founder of the Internet Telephony Consortium (1996), which evolved into the Communications Futures Program,which continues at MIT. Lee is a member of the NIST Federated Cloud Public Working Group and the IEEE P2302 Intercloud standards working group and served on the Enterprise Cloud Leadership Council of TM Forum; as a member of IEEE P2030.4 smart grid interoperability task force. Lee is Founder and was a Member of the Board of Directors of Wireless Grids Corporation, 2004-2014. Lee was a Founding Member, Board of Directors, Summerhill Biomass Systems, 2007-2013. Lee is a Pioneer Member of the Internet Society since 1991. McKnight teaches and created graduate and undergraduate courses on Blockchain Management, Cloud Management, and Cloud Architecture among others. He has taught Information Security Policy (joint with Syracuse Law School/INSCT), Information Policy, and Telecommunications Regulation at Syracuse University. Lee lectures annually in the MIT Professional Education short course, 'Technology, Organizations, and Innovation: Putting Ideas to Work' since 1998. Lee's research interests span policy, economic, business and technical innovation in regional and global information economies. In addition to many peer reviewed articles in technical and policy journals and dozens of published chapters, Lee's academic work includes several books. Professor McKnight's next 4 books on his ground-breaking research will be published in 2018-2019 by Imperial College Press/World Scientific Press, Singapore and London. The first book in the World Scientific Press series, 'Cloud to Edgeware: Wireless Grid Applications, Architecture and Security for the "Internet of Things"' is with Tyson T Brooks. Lee's co-authored (with Peter Cukor) book 'Knowledge Networks, the Internet, and Development' was published by MIT Center for E-Business/Nabu Press, 2014 and 2011. McKnight's co-authored and co-edited books published by MIT Press include Creative Destruction: Business Survival Strategies in the Global Internet Economy;(2001,2002, Japanese translation by Toyo Kezai 2003; Chinese translation by Economic Sciences Press 2007);Internet Telephony;(2001), the award-winning The Gordian Knot:Political Gridlock on the Information Highway (1997,1999) and Internet Economics (MIT Press, 1997, 1998), a path breaking work that was the first to develop metrics for economic analysis of Internet transactions. McKnight was a Postdoctoral Associate, MIT School of Engineering, Center for Technology, Policy, and Industrial Development in 1990, and a consultant to the MIT Media Lab in 1989. Lee received his Ph.D. in 1989 from MIT; M.A. from the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University in 1981; and B.A. magna cum laude from Tufts University in 1978.

Research Interests

Lee's research interests span policy, economic, business and technical innovation in regional and global information economies. The role of information and communication technology innovation in shaping the global political and market virtual environments is of strong interest. In addition, I am interested in modeling new information systems services and applications and policies such as blockchain/distributed ledger technologies; innovation in cyber-physical security, advanced wireless services including Internet of Things, grids, Internet of things; 5G, nomadicity and mobility; Internet economics and policy; information technology development; national and international technology policy including for cyberlearning.The Open Specification Model for wireless grids in the Internet of Things v0.4 is among many other things, a summation of my research interests. The WiGiT Lab at Syracuse University iSchool led the research across a wide array of fields related to wireless grids, edgeware, mobile clouds, Internet of Things, and virtual markets, with support of the National Science Foundation Partnerships for Innovation Program, the Industrial Innovation Program, and other NSF Division of Engineering programs as well as corporate and community partners, which led to the initial formulations of the model and its experimental service, application, and device implementations, evaluated over time in 9 doctoral theses authored by students at 3 universities, Syracuse, Tufts and MIT. I continue this research in cooperation with WiTec, the Worldwide Innovation Technology and Entrepreneurship Club, which I serve as the students and alumni faculty advisor. In addition to many peer reviewed articles in technical and policy journals and dozens of published chapters, Lee's academic work includes several books. Professor McKnight's next 4 books on his ground-breaking research will be published in 2018-2019 by Imperial College Press/World Scientific Press, Singapore and London.; The first book in the World Scientific Press series, 'Cloud to Edgeware: Wireless Grid Applications, Architecture and Security for the "Internet of Things"' is with Tyson T Brooks.; Lee's co-authored (with Peter Cukor) book 'Knowledge Networks, the Internet, and Development' was published by MIT Center for E-Business/Nabu Press, 2014 and 2011. McKnight's co-authored and co-edited books published by MIT Press include ;Creative Destruction: Business Survival Strategies in the Global Internet Economy;(2001,2002, Japanese translation by Toyo Kezai 2003; Chinese translation by Economic Sciences Press 2007), ;Internet Telephony;(2001), the award-winning ;The Gordian Knot:Political Gridlock on the Information Highway;(1997,1999) and Internet Economics (MIT Press, 1997, 1998), a path breaking work that was the first to develop metrics for economic analysis of Internet transactions.

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Projects 2007 2014

Syracuse Campus-Community Entrepreneurship Initiative

Bakke, K., Beffel, A., Cowart, L., Czerniak, J., Davis, J., DeMuth, R., Dischiave, D., Dischiave, S., Dotger, B., Enchautegui-de-Jesus, N., Faiola, N., Heckman, D., Hughto, M., Isik, C., Keller, J., Kingma, B., Lipson, E., McKnight, L. W., Miyasaki, N., Padgett, W., Ray, R., Rezak, D., Robinson, J. A., Rubin, J., Strempel, E., Venkatesh, M. & Winkler, A.

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

1/24/078/31/12

Project: Research project

Research Output 1984 2016

  • 449 Citations
  • 8 h-Index
  • 24 Article
  • 15 Conference contribution
  • 2 Chapter

A Steady-State Framework for Assessing Security Mechanisms in a Cloud-of-Things Architecture

Brooks, T. T. & McKnight, L. W., Nov 7 2016, Cyber Assurance for the Internet of Things. Wiley Blackwell, p. 225-247 23 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Cloud computing
Interoperability
Telecommunication networks
Internet of things

Emergent learning through playful interactions and serious games when combining ambient intelligence with wireless grids

McKenna, H. P., Chauncey, S. A., Arnone, M., Kaarst-Brown, M. L. & McKnight, L. W., 2014, Proceedings of the 8th International Technology, Education & Development (INTED) Conference 2014. p. 5080-5090

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

2 Citations (Scopus)
Cloud computing
Computer networks
Telecommunication networks
Computer systems
Degradation
2 Citations (Scopus)

A failure to communicate: Security vulnerabilities in the GridStreamX Edgeware application

Brooks, T., Kaarst-Brown, M. L., Caicedo Bastidas, C. E., Park, J. S. & McKnight, L. W., 2013, 2013 8th International Conference for Internet Technology and Secured Transactions, ICITST 2013. IEEE Computer Society, p. 516-523 8 p. 6750254

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Testbeds
Telecommunication networks
Information systems
Innovation
Availability

Ambient and emergent learning with wireless grid networks

McKenna, H. P., Arnone, M., Kaarst-Brown, M. L., McKnight, L. W. & Chauncey, S. A., 2013, Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies (EduLearn13). International Association of Technology, Education, & Development (IATED)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Press and Media

Why School Systems? The Rise of Ransomware in Public Schools

Lee W McKnight

8/12/198/14/19

6 items of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

How a Secure Cloud Architecture Can Help Smart Cities

Lee W McKnight

8/6/19

1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

How Municipalities Avoid Ransomware by Jim Leftwich

Lee W McKnight

7/30/19

1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment