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University to host international conference on information technology and globalization

Thursday, Mar. 13, 2003

SANTA CLARA, Calif.—Mar. 13, 2003— The Center for Science, Technology, and Society at Santa Clara University today released the program for its international conference, "NETWORKED WORLD: Information Technology and Globalization." The day-long event will bring together leading thinkers from around the globe to discuss the challenges of the world’s increasing interconnection through technology and the resulting impact on globalization.

"NETWORKED WORLD," on April 24 in the Louis B. Mayer Theatre at SCU, will feature thought provoking dialogues among global leaders. Over 400 attendees are expected to attend the event. Registration is open to the public and available on line at http://sts.scu.edu/globalization

Among the timely issues, participants will address the technology challenge to Silicon Valley issued by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan. The challenge, issued in November 2002, warns that "the gap between the information ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’ is widening, and there is a real danger that the world’s poor will be excluded from the emerging knowledge-based global economy."

"The information age did not evaporate with the bursting of the bubble," said James Koch, executive director, Center for Science, Technology, and Society at SCU. "It’s only begun to transform the social fabric of cities and regions around the world, and now is a perfect time to survey the landscape of our networked world." 

In addition to addressing the U.N. challenge, conference dialogues and discussions will explore the opportunities and global consequences of information and communication technology (ICT), examine local capabilities for sustainable economic development and quality of life, and react to new business models presented by C.K. Prahalad, University of Michigan Business School Professor named one of the top ten business professors in the U.S. by Business Week.

ICT innovations and applications will be on display, including Laureates of the Tech Museum of Innovation Awards—Technology Benefiting Humanity.

The event, sponsored by Applied Materials, Inc. and presented by the Center as part of the University’s year-long Institute on Globalization, will conclude with an action plan for the Center and its partners, aimed at advancing the use of ICT for the global common good.

The Conference’s 26 speakers include:

  • Walter Bender, Executive Director of MIT Media Lab, Director of the Gray Matters special interest group, which focuses on technology’s impact on an aging population.
  • Al Berkeley, Vice Chairman of the Nasdaq Stock Market
  • Carlos Braga, Director of Informatics, World Bank
  • William Davidow, Founding Partner of Mohr, Davidow Ventures
  • Diana Farrell, Director, McKinsey Global Institute
  • Javier Gavito, General Director, Bank for National Savings and Financial Services, Mexico.
  • Terri Griffith, Program Coordinator for Organizations and Work; Santa Clara University School of Business
  • Steve Jones, University of Illinois Chicago, author of CyberSociety and Virtual Culture, co-editor of New Media & Society, an international journal of research on new media, technology, and culture.
  • Allen Hammond, Program Coordinator for Law and Public Policy; Santa Clara University School of Law; Director of the BroadBand Institute of California
  • Pedro Hernández-Ramos, Center Program Director for Family and Community; Santa Clara University Department of Education
  • Srivatsa Krishna, Member of the Indian Administrative Service, on sabbatical at Harvard Business School, expert on technology clusters and economic development, formerly part of the core information technology team for the government of Andhra Pradesh.
  • James L. Koch, Executive Director, Center for Science, Technology, and Society at Santa Clara University
  • Michel Laguerre, UC Berkeley Center for Globalization and Information Technology, author of Global Ethnopolis: Chinatown, Japantown, and Manilatown in American Society.
  • Pierre Lévy, University of Ottawa, author of Cyberculture, holder of the Canada Research Chair in Technology and Knowledge Transfers, and consultant to the European Union on issues of governance and electronic democracy.
  • Frank Liang, Director General, Science and Technology Bureau, Pudong People’s Government, Shanghai
  • Regis McKenna, Chairman, Center for Science, Technology, and Society Advisory Board
  • Sarah McCue, Practice Manager, Information and Communication Technology, Bureau for Development Policy, United Nations Development Programme.
  • James C. Morgan, Chairman and CEO of Applied Materials, Inc.
  • Theoneste Mutsindashyaka, first democratically elected Mayor of Kigali, Rwanda, former Cabinet Director of the Ministry of the Interior and the Development Council.
  • C.K. Prahalad, University of Michigan Business School, named one of the top ten teachers in the world in The Wall Street Journal, author of The Multinational Mission: Balancing Local Demands and Global Vision and Competing for the Future.
  • Richard Read, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, senior writer for international affairs at The Oregonian in Portland, Oregon, formerly based in Tokyo and Bangkok.
  • Celina Rodriguez, CNN News Anchor, CNN En Espanol
  • Uri Savir, President of the Glocal Forum-Rome, President of the Peres Center for Peace-Tel Aviv, and past Chief Israeli Negotiator for the Oslo Agreements.
  • AnnaLee Saxenian, UC Berkeley, Senior Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, and an internationally recognized ex pert on regional economies and the information technology sector.
  • Dale Spender, University of Queensland, management consultant on intellectual property and e-learning, and a leader of Australia’s distance learning initiatives.
  • Jane Wales, President and CEO, World Affairs Council of Northern California, former Associate Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Senior Director of the National Security Council.

The following day, the Center and Santa Clara University School of Law will host further dialogue on the themes set by the conference. There are two tracks on April 25; The Case of Mexico as a Developing Nation and Legal Challenges. Registration and event information is on line at http://sts.scu.edu/globalization

MEDIA: To request a press pass to either event or request an interview with a conference speaker, contact Kelly Shenefiel at 408-655-7539 or kshenefiel@scu.edu.

About the Center for Science, Technology, and Society

The Center for Science, Technology, and Society fosters interdisciplinary inquiry into the societal implications of technological change. The Center links the Silicon Valley to Santa Clara University and fosters rich dialogue among thought leaders on how the potential benefits of technology can serve all of humanity. This goal is highlighted through the Center’s partnership with the Tech Museum and the American Council for The United Nations University for the annual Technology Benefiting Humanity Awards. Additional information about the Center may be found at www.scu.edu/sts

About the Institute on Globalization

The 2002-2003 Institute on Globalization at SCU is an unprecedented array of dozens of public lectures, three international conferences, and museum exhibits, plus 150 courses offered by 21 academic departments and other projects designed specifically for students. The institute examines various aspects of globalization – economic, political, cultural, environmental, and technological – through different disciplines and points of view. Additional information about the Institute on Globalization and its events may be found at www.scu.edu/globalization

About Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located in California’s Silicon Valley, offers its 8,060 students’ rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master’s and law degrees. Distinguished nationally by the third-highest graduation rate among all U.S. masters ’ universities, California’s oldest higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. More information is online at www.scu.edu

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