Sessions at SXSW Interactive 2012 on Monday 12th March in Ballroom EF

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  • Net Smart: How to Thrive Online

    by Howard Rheingold

    In order to thrive online as individuals -- and for the health of the online commons -- we need to understand literacies of attention, crap detection, participation, collaboration, and network awareness. I believe that the critical uncertainty about the future value of the Web depends on whether a sufficient proportion of the population learns these skills. So I've written a book that I want to be well-received by the knowledgeable and given as a gift to the less knowledgeable. Slated for March 2012 publication by MIT Press, I plan to launch the book at SXSWi.

    At 11:00am to 12:00pm, Monday 12th March

    In Ballroom EF, Austin Convention Center

  • Is Technology Making Our Lives Richer or Poorer?

    by Jaron Lanier and Nicholas Thompson

    A conversation between Nicholas Thompson, a senior editor covering technology for the New Yorker, and computing pioneer Jaron Lanier. They'll discuss the virtues of technology, but also the ways it has made us less imaginative, more distracted, and less connected to other people. Lanier is one of the founders of "virtual reality," but he has since become the most prominent critic of what technology has wrought. Last year, he published “You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto,” a provocative critique of digital technologies, including Wikipedia (which he called a triumph of “intellectual mob rule”) and social-networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, which Lanier has described as dehumanizing and designed to encourage shallow interactions.

    At 12:30pm to 1:30pm, Monday 12th March

    In Ballroom EF, Austin Convention Center

  • The Next Big Thing

    by Matt Barrie

    The Internet is delivering its next tectonic shift upon society - disruption of the global labor markets. There are 7 billion people in the world, but only 2 billion people on the Internet. The other 5 billion are connecting now, at double and triple digit rates. Remarkably, they live today on around $8 a day or less. The first thing they are looking to do when they connect is raise their standard of living- by finding a job online. This is the vanguard of an economic revolution that is sweeping emerging economies and the developing world. Find out from Matt Barrie, CEO of the world's largest outsourcing marketplace, what this means for society, business and how you live your personal life. Discover how a new entrepreneurial class is arising on both sides of the world as both developing and developed world small business owners serendipitously work together, and find out how YOU can transform YOUR business into a virtual multinational corporation on a shoe string budget!

    At 3:30pm to 4:30pm, Monday 12th March

    In Ballroom EF, Austin Convention Center

  • The Future of Innovation and Consumer Electronics

    by Gary Shapiro, Richard Watson and Kevin O'Malley

    From broadband spectrum to HDTV, from gaming to Hollywood and social media, innovation is happening through industry, entrepreneurs and technology advances. How is consumer electronics driving innovation in the U.S. and abroad – and what role does design play in consumer electronics innovation? Come hear from the head of an organization that represents 2,000 technology companies and produces the International CES Conference – in conversation with a CE innovation and design leader.

    At 5:00pm to 6:00pm, Monday 12th March

    In Ballroom EF, Austin Convention Center