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National Technology Conference brings eminent leaders to SCU

Tuesday, Apr. 17, 2001

SANTA CLARA, Calif.-April 17, 2001- The Center for Science, Technology, and Society at Santa Clara University today released the program for its first national conference, "Technology and Us -- A Vision for the Future," a probing examination of network society and the future of technology. This event, which is part of the University's sesquicentennial celebration and "Technology Week at SCU," will bring together leaders in business, higher education, science, and public policy to examine the economic, social, political, and moral implications of the Internet.

"Technology and Us," on April 26 in the Louis B. Mayer Theatre at SCU, will address the Internet's influence, it's promise and perils. The Center's founding partner Applied Materials, Inc. and Regis McKenna are the sponsors of this day-long event.

"This conference reflects the Center's rule of fostering a global network, where academic and industry experts come together through discussion and research," said Jim Koch, director of the Center for Science, Technology, and Society. "Through dialogues such as these we are able to move beyond headlines and hype to probe the positive and negative influences of technology on our lives."

Haynes Johnson, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author, and television commentator, will moderate keynote dialogues and discussions addressing questions such as:

· Will the Internet promote productivity and fulfillment or result in a more volatile and ruthless world?

· How can individuals and organizations maintain a sense of control amidst the ever-accelerating pace of information technology revolution?

· Is rapidly accelerating technology eroding our sense of who we are?

· What is meant by the "New Economy," and what differentiates it from previous economies?

· What are the unresolved public policy challenges in our networked world?

The conference's 18 speakers include:

Tim Bresnahan: professor of economics and director, Computer Industry Project at Stanford University

Anita Borg: founder and president, Institute for Women & Technology. She is recognized for her efforts to shatter the "silicon ceiling" and include more women and minorities in technology.

Amy Bruckman: assistant professor, College of Computing at Georgia Tech University, noted for her pioneering work on multi-user domains.

Manuel Castells: professor of sociology and regional planning, University of California, Berkeley. Castells is credited with the definitive three-volume series on the networked society.

Richard DeMillo: vice president and CTO, Hewlett-Packard. DeMillo will share HP's technology vision.

William Daivdow: General Partner, Mohr, Davidow Ventures

Douglas Engelbart: Turing Award and National Medal of Technology Award Winner. He invented the mouse and has a 30-year record in challenging the conceptual frontiers of organizational computing.

Mary Furlong: chairman, ThirdAge Media and chief officer of strategic relations, Furlong is also founder of SeniorNet, one of the most successful online communities.

John Hagel III: chief strategy officer, 12 Entrepreneuring, Inc. Hagel is the best-selling author of Net Gain: Expanding Markets Through Virtual Communities and Net Worth: Shaping Markets When Customers Make the Rules.

David Halberstam: journalist, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, and historian. In his books on leaders, Halberstam has helped define the latter part of the 20th Century.

Paul Locatelli, S.J.: president, Santa Clara University

Ira Magaziner: president, SJS, Inc. and former policy adviser to President Clinton.

Regis McKenna: chairman, The McKenna Group and chair of the advisory board of the Center for Science Technology and Society. McKenna has provided the marketing genius for historic Silicon Valley roll-outs, including the Macintosh computer.

William J. Mitchell: professor and dean, School of Architecture & Planning at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His thinking is redefining "architecture" for the digital age.

James C. Morgan: chairman and CEO, Applied Materials, Inc. Morgan is the recipient of the National Medal of Technology for his industry leadership.

John Morgridge: chairman, Cisco Systems. As the company's former CEO, Morgridge is responsible for taking Cisco Systems public in 1990. During his tenure, the company grew from $5 million in sales to over $1 billion.

Andrew Shapiro: visiting lecturer, Yale University; and senior advisor, Markle Foundation. Shapiro is a leading thinker about virtual society.

John Staudenmaier, S.J.: editor, Technology and Culture, and history professor and University of Detroit Mercy.

John Seely Brown, chief scientist of Xerox Corporation, will also comment on the "New Economy," transformation in education, and the interplay of science and technology in a pre-taped video presentation.

"Technology and Us" is the Center's first national conference since it's public launch in February, 2001. As part of that announcement, the Center introduced its new publication the STS Nexus magazine, public Web site (, and offered enhanced coursework and educational programs for SCU students.

The Center sponsors research projects and symposia, hosts visiting scholars, establishes university courses for students, and conducts public policy forums.

"Technology Week" also includes "Law and Technology: The Future of Intellectual Property" on April 27- a conference that will examine the impact of technology on intellectual property law. Topics will include semiconductors, biotechnology, the Internet, and implications of the Microsoft case.

For those attending both the Center's conference on April 26 and the high tech law conference on April 27, the following discounted registration rates apply: $150 for "Technology and Us"; $75 for "Law and Technology." For further conference information, visit

The Center for Science, Technology and Society was created in 1997 as an international Center of Distinction at Santa Clara University. It aims to provide guidance and expertise on technology in use and fostering innovations that lead to beneficial, humanistic, and sustainable legacies for society.

Santa Clara University is a Catholic, Jesuit university located in the heart of Silicon Valley, with 7,350 students. For the 11th consecutive year, the University has been ranked second for overall academic quality among all regional universities in the West by U.S. News & World Report. SCU sustains its high national academic reputation by offering a strong core curriculum shared by all undergraduate students and by involving students in all disciplines in significant research. The University celebrates its 150th anniversary in the 2000-2001 academic year.


For more information or to schedule interviews regarding "Technology and Us - A Vision for the Future, A look at the impact of the Web," contact Kelly Shenefiel in SCU Media Relations at 408/554-5125.

For more information or to schedule interviews regarding ""Law and Technology: The Future of Intellectual Property," contact Barry Holtzclaw in SCU Media Relations at 408/554-5126.

For more information about SCU, visit

MEDIA: For those interested in attending the conference or scheduling interviews, contact Kelly Shenefiel at (408) 554- 5125 or

7:30 a.m.-8:15 a.m.
Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m.-9 a.m.
Introductory Dialog: Is Silicon Valley a window into the future of a changing world?
Paul Locatelli, S.J.
Regis McKenna
James C. Morgan

9:00 a.m.-10:15 a.m.
Keynote Dialog: Social Dimensions of a Networked World
Manuel Castells
William Davidow
Amy Bruckman

10:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
Keynote Dialog: Co-evolving Social Systems with Escalating Technological Change
Douglas Engelbart
Anita Borg
William J. Mitchell

Noon-1:00 p.m.

1:15 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Keynote Dialog: Technology and Identity
David Halberstam
John Staudenmaier, S.J.
Mary Furlong

2:45 p.m.-4 p.m.
Keynote Dialog: The Digital Economy
John Hagel
John Morgridge
Richard DeMillo

4:15 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Keynote Dialog: The Internet and Public Policy
Andrew Shapiro
Ira Magaziner
Tim Bresnahan

5:30 p.m.- Closing remarks and reception

Kelly Shenefiel
Assistant Media Relations Director
Santa Clara University
phone (408) 554-512

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