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The Public Good - The Impact of Information Technology on Society

Click here to view highlights from the weekend (Video 4 min.) To access video and audio of presentations, please click individual panels.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Introduction and Welcome (Location: Microsoft)

  • Emilio Bizzi, Institute Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; President, American Academy of Arts & Sciences
  • Jesse H. Choper, Earl Warren Professor of Public Law at the UC Berkeley School of Law; Chair of the Western Region and Vice President of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Leslie Berlowitz, Chief Executive Officer, American Academy of Arts & Sciences
  • C. Gordon Bell, Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research

Information Technology & Democracy: Puamityblic Discourse, Electoral Politics, and Governance (Location: Microsoft)


  • Edward D. Lazowska, Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science and Engineering, University of Washington
  • Panelists:

  • Joshua Cohen, Marta Sutton Weeks Professor of Ethics in Society, Professor of Political Science, Philosophy, and Law, Stanford University
  • Henry Brady, Class of 1941 Monroe Deutsch Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley
  • Edward Felten, Professor of Computer Science and Public Affairs, Princeton University

Alternative Futures of the Internet: Fears & Optimism (Location: Microsoft)


  • David Clark, Senior Research Scientist, MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
  • Panelists:

  • Hal R. Varian, Chief Economist, Google Inc.
  • Cynthia Dwork, Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research
  • Jonathan Zittrain, Professor of Law and Co-Founder of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard Law School

Creative Arts: New Tools and Technology & the Democratization of Craft (Location: Microsoft)

  • Moderator: Pat Hanrahan, Canon USA Professor, Computer Graphics Laboratory, Stanford University
  • Panelists: Charles Geschke, Co-Chairman of the Board, Adobe Systems Inc.
  • Dale Dougherty, General Manager, Maker Media, O’Reilly Media Inc.
  • Carl Rosendahl, faculty member, Carnegie Mellon Entertainment Technology Center; founder and former President, Pacific Data Images
  • Jonathan Berger, Billie Bennett Achilles Professor of Music and founding Co-Director of the Stanford Institute for Creativity and the Arts, Stanford University

Digital Transformers (Location: Google)

  • Moderator: John L. Hennessy, President, Stanford University
  • Panelists: Butler Lampson, Technical Fellow, Microsoft Inc.
  • Irwin Jacobs, Chairman and Former CEO, Qualcomm Inc.
  • Vinton Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google Inc.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Information Technology & the Future of Books, Publishing, and Libraries (Location: Computer History Museum)

  • Moderator: Edward Feigenbaum, Kumagai Professor in the School of Engineering, Emeritus, Stanford University
  • Panelists: Daniel J. Clancy, Engineering Director, Google Book Search Project
  • John Hollar, President and CEO, Computer History Museum
  • John Warnock, Co-Chairman of the Board, Adobe Systems Inc.
  • Michael A. Keller, University Librarian, Stanford University
  • Donald A. B. Lindberg, Director, National Library of Medicine
  • Daniel L. Goroff, Program Director, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and Harvey Mudd College

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