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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:
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
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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