Is it morally correct for the US to pursue prosecution of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange? Is alleged leaker of military documents Bradley Manning a hero or a traitor? And what do Wikileaks and the Internet mean to the future of journalism? James Moore, the New York Times bestselling author of "Bush's Brain" is joined by technologist Ben Werdmuller from the UK, the creator of one of the web's early social networking platforms, and KRLD Dallas radio host Scott Braddock, to discuss "Wikileaks, the Web, and the Long, Strange Journey of Journalism." Moore will lead the panel by arguing that Assange and Manning are heroic figures and ought to be honored in a culture that requires information to sustain a democracy. Werdmuller will offer his insight on the Internet’s long term reach and impact with regard to information, systems, and public access to data that was previously unavailable, and Braddock will articulate the perspective that Assange and Manning have done harm to America and its allies and need to be treated as people who have acted outside of the law. Audience participation and questions will be encouraged.
by Rob Veres and Laura Chambers
At SXSW Interactive 2011, Rob Veres, general manager of RedLaser and senior director of Mobile, eBay Inc., and Laura Chambers, senior director of PayPal Mobile, are poised to speak on the topic of mobile commerce and virtual wallets. As one of the driving forces behind eBay's and PayPal’s mobile initiatives, Rob and Laura sit at a unique vantage point regarding the evolution of mobile. How can brands, entrepreneurs and developers make money from mobile commerce? Specifically, how will mobile devices evolve to become the “virtual wallets” of the future?
In grappling with these questions, eBay and PayPal have led the way in mobile shopping and payments. Not surprisingly, the company’s mobile sales and transactions have grown dramatically. In 2010, eBay's mobile sales more than double to nearly $2 billion from $600 million in 2009. PayPal's mobile transactions grew from $25 million in 2008 to $141 million in 2009.
eBay and PayPal have also led the way in creating innovative mobile commerce apps. The companies have incorporated technologies like augmented reality to virtually try on sunglasses and "bump" so that two iPhones can seamlessly transfer money. To date, eBay's and PayPal's mobile apps have been downloaded more than 36 million times worldwide. eBay and PayPal have also encouraged third-party developer innovation through its RedLaser and PayPal X platforms.
Wikileaks began as an audacious idea, a statement about the potential of the internet to speak truth to power and to open governments. Barely four years later, the whistleblower's website finds itself at the centre of an unprecedented global storm over the leaking of hundreds of thousands of confidential cables from US embassies around the world. To many WikiLeaks's founder Julian Assange is a hero who has shone the bright glare of public scrutiny into places governments would rather keep hidden; to others he is a vandal, taking a sledgehammer to the secrecy all states need to maintain to function. Is Wikileaks just one expression valve for the web, one that would be replaced by others if it was closed? Has it changed the public's understanding of and relationship to government in any real and lasting way, or is it a media preoccupation?
Discovering and listening to music today is a fragmented experience. Most consumers discover in one place, purchase in another, and listen somewhere else. While iTunes remains the dominant way people buy and organize their digital music collections, on-demand music services like Rdio, MOG and Spotify are creating new ways to discover, play, organize, and share music.
The wide-spread adoption of smartphones and connected devices, along with the growing ubiquity of wireless networks, has increased the promise of music-in-the-cloud, but are consumers ready to give up their iTunes and owning their music outright? While, early adopters and music enthusiasts are latching on, what will it take for the mainstream to shift their thinking? This session will explore how connected devices and cloud services will affect the way consumers find and buy music going forward.
11th–15th March 2011