Distinguished Lecture Series

Previous Events

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Nov 30, 2022, 4:10 pm to 5:30 pm
David Rand is a leading expert in the psychology of misinformation. Rand is a systems biologist and psychologist and runs MIT’s Human Cooperation Lab.
Kate Starbird
Nov 16, 2022, 4:10 pm to 5:30 pm
Kate Starbird is a leading expert on how people use social media to seek, share, and make sense of information and misinformation.
Jessica Hullman
Nov 9, 2022, 4:10 pm to 5:30 pm
Jessica Hullman is a leading expert in information visualization and uncertainty. Hullman is an information scientist and computer scientist by training, and an associate professor at Northwestern University.
Katerina Linos
Nov 2, 2022, 4:10 pm to 5:30 pm
Legal scholar Katerina Linos discusses how government and international organization actions can create information vacuums, creating space for misinformation to spread among migrants and refugees.
Jeff Hancock
Oct 26, 2022, 4:10 pm to 5:30 pm
Jeff Hancock is a leading expert on technology’s role in deception and trust. Hancock is a psychologist and a professor at Stanford University in Communication.
Hany Farid
Sep 28, 2022, 4:10 pm to 5:30 pm
We are awash in disinformation of lies, conspiracies, and now a new form of manipulated media — so-called deepfakes. Hany Farid explains how deepfakes are created and how to tell truth from fiction.
Dale Dougherty
Nov 18, 2015, 4:10 pm to 5:30 pm
How media and events play an essential role in organizing and spreading the Maker movement.
Doug Cutting
Oct 7, 2015, 4:10 pm to 5:30 pm
New data technologies pervade our institutions, but the data revolution is far from complete. Doug Cutting of Cloudera discusses some of the current challenges, both technical and social.
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Feb 5, 2014, 4:10 pm to 5:30 pm
A timely and engaging conversation with Cindy Cohn, legal director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Nicole Ozer, technology and civil liberties director at the ACLU of Northern California.
Chris Riley
Feb 15, 2012, 4:10 pm to 5:30 pm
Chris Riley is a designer and global communications strategist and the founder of Studioriley. He explores the relationship between business and culture through brand strategy and communications design.
David Weinberger (photo by Leah Weinberger)
Nov 30, 2011, 4:10 pm to 5:30 pm
David Weinberger is one of the most respected thought-leaders at the intersection of technology, business, and society. His new book, Too Big to Know, explores how the networking of knowledge is transforming expertise and decision-making in business, government, education, and science.
Lisa Gansky (Photo: <a href="http://www.staticphotography.com/">Kris Krüg</a>)
Dec 1, 2010, 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Lisa Gansky is an author, entrepreneur, and environmentalist, and the co-founder and former CEO of Ofoto (now Kodak Gallery) and GNN (the world's first commercial website, acquired by AOL).
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Oct 27, 2010, 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Distinguished Lecturer Roy Bahat is the president of the online media and gaming company IGN Entertainment.
Tina Seelig
Mar 17, 2010, 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Tina Seelig shares surprising stories of true entrepreneurs overcoming obstacles, demonstrating that by creatively challenging assumptions, breaking the rules, and disregarding the impossible you can bring remarkable ideas to life.
Daniel Scheinman
Feb 24, 2010, 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Daniel Scheinman, general manager of the Cisco Media Solutions Group, is a long-time champion for developing new, network-based distribution models for digital content.
Andrew McAfee
Nov 4, 2009, 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Andrew McAfee studies the ways that information technology affects businesses and how computerization affects competition itself – the struggle among rivals for dominance and survival within an industry.
Hal Varian
Oct 28, 2009, 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
What does the ubiquity of computer-mediated transactions mean for economics? Hal Varian, Google's chief economist, discusses the implications for contractual efficiency, incentive alignment, data extraction and analysis, experimentation, personalization, and customization.
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Apr 15, 2009, 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Judy Estrin, the CEO of JLABS, LLC, and author of “Closing the Innovation Gap,” talks about the importance of reigniting sustainable innovation in business, education and government
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Mar 11, 2009, 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Economist John Rutledge discusses nonequilibrium thermodynamics, network failures and the information economy, and the role played by government officials and media in the neuroscience of fear, to demonstrate how the current global economic crisis is a network failure of the worldwide information system.
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Feb 4, 2009, 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Oliver Guenther is Dean of the School of Business and Economics at Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin. He discusses the privacy implications of the global IT infrastructure for physical objects carrying RFID tags with a unique Electronic Product Code.

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