Professor Pekka Himanen
Former Visiting Professor
Professor Pekka Himanen divides his time between being a Professor at the University of Art and Design, Helsinki, a Visiting Professor at the Oxford Internet Institute, and being a principal scientist at the Helsinki Institute for Information Technology (a joint research center of the Helsinki University of Technology and Helsinki University). His best-known works on the information age are ‘The Hacker Ethic’ (2001) and ‘The Information Society and the Welfare State’ (with Manuel Castells). Himanen’s books have been translated into 20 languages.
Positions held at the OII
- Visiting Professor, September 2005 – May 2013
The Hacker Ethic and the Spirit of the Information Age (Society and the Internet Lecture Series, Part 4)
1 November 2011
In this lecture, Professor Himanen will discuss how there has been a cultural shift in which the 'Hacker Ethic' of the Digital Era has superseded Weber's 'Protestant Ethic' of the Industrial Age.
13 August 2007
Professor Himanen will discuss his latest research on the cultures of leading centres of innovation.