2008 was the first Election in American History where bloggers and vloggers helped shape the political narrative and carry President Obama to the presidency. 4 years later, the Administration has not nurtured these pop cultural connections. Will the blogosphere turn out for Obama in 2012?
by Jeremiah Akin and Jim March
This talk will expose the slight of hand tricks used by government agencies to make them appear more transparent than they are. "Transparency" is a common buzz word that suggests that government operates in a manner that is clear, visible, and understandable. Open Data Centers are supposed to increase accountability and transparency in government computer-based operations. However, can you use the data they provide to spot waste or corruption in government? Vote counting used to be a process that people could watch, but now you only see a false replica of the open counting process. Meanwhile the votes are actually counted where they can not be observed. The public needs to be able to differentiate between transparency and transparency theater, just as it needs to learn to differentiate between security and security theatre. Several examples of how government agencies produce this theatre will demonstrate how what is supposed to be transparent is intentionally hidden.
During "Sex, Lies, and Cookies: Web Privacy EXPOSED!", panelists look into the world of data collection and privacy on the internet, asking tough questions about what “tracking” really entails. The discussion focuses on how data collection is integrated into the current structure of the web, and what (if anything) people can do to make informed choices about how they allow their information to be used. Moderated by Andy Kahl, Ghostery’s product manager, the panel includes Lydia Parnes (former director, Bureau of Consumer Protection at FTC), Christopher Soghoian (graduate fellow at Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research), Lorrie Cranor (associate professor of Computer Science and Engineering, Carnegie Mellon), and Berin Szoka (founder, TechFreedom).
Comcast swallowed up NBC. Microsoft scooped up Skype. AT&T tried to take over T-Mobile. What's next? This panel will explore the new face of media consolidation, what it means for the future of the Internet and free speech, and whether there's anything that can — or should — be done to change course before we’re staring at GoogizonFoxBookfinity&T. This panel of scholars, policy experts, and public interest advocates will look at how we got here, measure the impact of the mega-mergers happening now or coming soon, explain what policymakers should be doing to confront the next wave of media concentration, and discuss what alternatives might be possible. The panel will include former FCC Commissioner Michael Copps, Craig Aaron of the media advocacy group Free Press and Andrea Quijada of New Mexico's Media Literacy Project, and will be moderated by tech journalist Sam Gustin.
What comes after Gov 2.0? In this fast-paced and highly immersive session, best-selling author William Eggers takes you on a worldwide tour of the future of public services. You’ll hear how some technology-enabled, disruptive innovations are slashing the cost of public services dramatically, yet delivering the same if not better quality. You’ll learn about the citizen markets springing up to serve community needs that previously were either handled by governments or were not addressed at all. And you’ll get an inside look at some of the new public services delivery models pioneered by entrepreneurs and social enterprises who are redefining the purview of government.
9th–13th March 2012