The Future: Harnessing the Power of Open Source

26 04 2010

FutureWeb 2010 Conference, Raleigh, N.C., April 30, 1:30-3 p.m.

Chair: Tom Rabon, executive vice president for corporate affairs for Red Hat. He has over 25 years of experience working in government and the private sector, including working with international governments to create opportunities in emerging markets such as China and South America. Rabon previously served as the vice president of Global Government Affairs at Lucent and the state vice president of Law and Government affairs at AT&T.

Panel description: Many of the greatest innovations of the 21st century have been made possible by the movement toward broad-based participation and collaboration. Wikipedia, the Human Genome Project and Facebook are just a few examples of harnessing participation and transparency of process to deliver a successful outcome. As a vehicle for economic and social change, the power of open source is immeasurable in changing how people learn, how developers create and how companies do business. This panel will explore the future of open source and how society can unlock the value of information by sharing it. The panel will aim to specifically isolate the key challenges and opportunities in the looming future for open source and the Web and it will work to identify some specific action steps that can be taken today to work for a better tomorrow.

Panelists:

  • Michael Tiemann

    Michael Tiemann, vice president of open source affairs for Red Hat. His pioneering open source work led to the creation of leading open source technologies and the first open source business mode. He is the co-founder of Cygnus Solutions, the first company to provide commercial support for open source software. Tiemann is the author of the GNU C++ compiler, the first native-code C++ compiler and debugger.

  • Chris DiBona

    Chris DiBona, open source and public programs manager for Google. DiBona and his team oversee projects like the Summer of Code, which works to oversee license compliance and supports the open source developer community. He also works with Google Moderator, the polling locations API. DiBona has an international reputation for promoting open source software and related methodologies. His personal blog can be found at http://dibona.com/.

  • Brian Bouterse

    Brian Bouterse, research associate at the Secure Open Systems Initiative with NC State University and networking and systems specialist at The Friday Institute. He has previously worked as an undergraduate teaching assistant at NC State University. Bouterse specializes in cloud services, networking and distributed computing. View his LinkedIn public profile at http://www.linkedin.com/pub/brian-bouterse/6/917/a11.

For more information about FutureWeb 2010 panel discussions, featured panelists and more, click here to navigate to the FutureWeb site. To register for the conference, visit the FutureWeb registration page.

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Core Values and the Future of the Internet

22 04 2010

FutureWeb2010 Conference, Raleigh, N.C., April 29, 3:30-5

Chair: Alejandro Pisanty, professor at the National University of Mexico on sabbatical at Centro Geo. Pisanty is an active leader in the Internet Society and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). His career in computing began in 1972 and he went on to become highly involved in networks and the Internet since the late 1980s. Pisanty’s work with the Internet Governance Forum’s Advisory Group has allowed him to advocate a multiple-stakeholder, problem-oriented, consensus-based model for Internet governance.

Session Description:
What makes the Internet what it is? What is happening to its core values as it evolves? What should be preserved and how and what changes are inevitable? Internet protocol co-inventor Vint Cerf has noted that, “The remarkable success of the Internet can be traced to a few simple network principles – end-to-end design, layered architecture and open standards.” The Internet’s underlying principles are threatened when new policies to regulate the Internet are proposed with inadequate understanding of the core values. Leaders in the WWW and Internet community will discuss what its core values are, how they might evolve and how they might be maintained in the future. The panel will aim to specifically isolate the key challenges and opportunities in the looming future for core values and the Internet and it will work to identify some specific action steps that can be taken today to work for a better tomorrow.

Panelists:

  • Sir Tim-Berners Lee

    Sir Tim Berners-Lee, innovator of the World Wide Web. Berners-Lee serves as director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), founder of the World Wide Web Foundation and a director of the Web Science Research Initiative. In June 2009, Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced that Berners-Lee plans to collaborate with the UK government to make information more accessible on the Web. Click here to view a full list of his publications.

  • Danny Weitzner

    Danny Weitzner, the associate administrator for policy at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, where he directs the office that conducts research and analysis and prepares policy recommendations for the Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information. Weitzner formerly worked as the W3C Technology & Society policy director. He has conducted research on the development of new technologies and the corresponding public policy models, as well as legal challenges for the Web, including privacy, intellectual property and identity management.

  • Nathaniel James

    Nathaniel James, currently with the Mozilla Foundation and formerly a leader at OneWebDay and the Media and Democracy Coalition. James has years of experience in nonprofit administration, advocacy and community organization and outreach. He is committed to a vision of communications that fosters democratic participation, the exchange of diverse perspectives and equitable access. James has previously provided strategic consultation at Microsoft and for Greenpeace International, focusing on leveraging social networks and social media to achieve organizational goals.

  • Parry Aftab

    Parry Aftab, consultant on cybercrime, Internet privacy, kids’ safety online and cyber-abuse issues. Since 1995 she has been devoted to enhancing cyber-security for businesses and government entities. Aftab serves as executive director of WiredSafety.org, a volunteer organization dedicated to online safety. View Aftab’s blog at  http://parryaftab.blogspot.com/.

  • Bill St. Arnaud

    Bill St. Arnaud, information technology consultant and futurist from Ottawa. St. Arnaud was formerly the chief research officer at CANARIE Inc., and served as an Internet Society board member. He currently advises clients on issues such as the next generation Internet, clouds, cyber-infrastructure, Web 2.0 and how new technologies will address the next generation of democracy. View his blog at http://billstarnaud.blogspot.com/.

  • Scott Bradner

    Scott Bradner, longtime leader and Jon Postel Service Award winner at the Internet Society where he is currently secretary of the Board of Trustees. He chairs two working groups for the Internet Engineering Task Force and is the University Technology Security Officer at Harvard University. Bradner has contributed to many publications, including Network World in which he has been the author of the Net Insider column since 1992.

For more information about FutureWeb 2010 panel discussions, featured panelists and more, click here to navigate to the FutureWeb site. To register for the conference, visit the FutureWeb registration page.





The Future of Entrepreneurship and the Web

21 04 2010

FutureWeb2010 Conference, Raleigh, N.C., April 29, 10:30 a.m. – noon

Tom Miller

Chair: Tom Miller leader of Entrepreneurship Initiative and vice provost for DELTA at North Carolina State University. He is responsible for strategy, deployment and implementation of of the university’s learning technologies and distant education programs. Miller is the founder and former president of X Engineering Software Systems Corporation and developed the first native X-Window spreadsheet.

Panel description: The Web, within its relatively short lifetime, has provided a foundation for some of the greatest entrepreneurial successes of all time. It has also been the vehicle for some of the most spectacular failures. What does the future look like for Web entrepreneurs? Has the Web matured to the point that only incremental opportunities are left, or will there continue to be great companies born of disruptive innovation? Where will those opportunities be, and what will the competitive landscape look like? The panel will aim to specifically isolate the key challenges and opportunities in the looming future for entrepreneurship and the Web and it will work to identify some specific action steps that can be taken today to work for a better tomorrow.

Panelists:

  • Scot Wingo, serial entrepreneur, co-founder, president and CEO of ChannelAdvisor Corporation. He is the leading provider of e-commerce channel management solutions at the company. View the below YouTube video featuring Wingo:


  • Chris Evans, entrepreneur and philanthropist. Evans is formerly the founder and CEO of Accipiter Solutions, which is his third start-up company. He is a leading provider of online advertising technology used by MSN, CNET, Lycos, ZDNet, Broadcast.com, Ask Jeeves and many others. Evans previously served on the board of directors for Engage, a provider of profile-driven Internet marketing solutions.
  • William C. Weiss

    William C. Weiss, co-founder and CEO of the Promar Group, is an expert in areas including media, telecommunications, information, environmental and emerging technologies. He helped found the Promar Group while still an undergraduate student at North Carolina State University. Weiss assists the Promar Group Media Center in strategic planning, industry outreach and leveraging the intersection of media and technology.

  • David Gardner, serial entrepreneur. Gardner is the founder and CEO of VenueGen, a new-media company that is merging 3D virtual-world technology with social networking and learning applications. He has been the founder or co-founder of ProviderLink, Peopleclick, Report2Web, DBBasics, BuildLinks and OnSphere Corporation, raising more than $60 million in venture capital. View the below YouTube video interview with Gardner about avatar-based meetings:


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The Future of Social Networks and the Web

20 04 2010

FutureWeb2010 Conference, Raleigh, N.C., April 29, 10:30 a.m. – noon

Chair: Fred Stutzman, social networks researcher and consultant. Stutzman is the founder of ClaimID.com, a social web identity management system. He is currently a doctoral student at the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill’s School of Information and Library Science and is working on a dissertation that examines how people use social network sites for support during a life transition. Stutzman also held technical and management roles for Ibiblio.org, The Motley Fool and Nortel Networks. His work has been featured in the New York Times Magazine, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, USA Today, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Wired and Newsweek Magazines, and on NPR.

Panel description: According to a recent study, 47 percent of adults use social network sites. Few technologies have grown as fast and had such an immediate impact on culture, communication and commerce. In this panel, we’ll look at the future and consider the next 53 percent, or what happens when social networking becomes ubiquitous. What are the challenges faced by individuals and organizations as social networking expands? What business opportunities are opened up by this global-scale personal interconnection? And how can we leverage this technological shift to increase civic participation, improve health and better society? The panel will aim to specifically isolate the key challenges and opportunities in the looming future for social networks and it will work to identify some specific action steps that can be taken today to work for a better tomorrow.

Panelists:

  • Chris DiBona

    Chris DiBona, open source and public programs manager for Google. DiBona and his team oversee projects like the Summer of Code, which works to oversee license compliance and supports the open source developer community. He also works with Google Moderator, the polling locations API. DiBona has an international reputation for promoting open source software and related methodologies. His personal blog can be found at http://dibona.com/.

  • Henry Copeland

    Henry Copeland, the founder/CEO of BlogAds, which connects 2,500 influential blog advertisers with blog readers and the social media elite. He is also the founder of Twiangulate, a social discovery service for Twitter. Copeland serves on the advisory board for SXSW and the advisory board for George Washington University’s Institute for Politics, Democracy & the Internet.

  • Zeynep Tufekci

    Zeynep Tufekci, an assistant professor and social networks researcher who works at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County. Her research focuses on the social impacts of technology, theorizing the web, gender, research methods, inequality and new media. Tufecki’s blog, which focuses on issues surrounding technology and society, can be found at http://www.technosociology.org.

  • Wayne Sutton

    Wayne Sutton, social networks consultant and strategist at Fragment. He also works as a development and marketing strategist at TriOut, a social network designed to help users meet new people in the North Carolina area and discover new things to do in the Triangle community. Sutton is a partner at OurHashtag. His Web site can be found at http://Wayne-Sutton.com/.

  • Dave Recordon

    Dave Recordon, Senior Open Programs Manager at Facebook. Recordon leads open source and open standards initiatives. He has previously worked with Six Apart, a blogging company, and has played a key role in the development and popularization of key social media technologies such as OpenID. Recordon is the youngest recipient of the Open Source Award (2007), recognized by Google and O’Reilly. Visit his blog at http://daveman692.livejournal.com/.

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