Archives for May 2014

Announcing new speakers at #SotN14

Are you ready for State of the Net 2014? We are looking forward to seeing you in Trieste on June 13-14. Here’s a few updates about the program and our speakers.

Smart. As you know, the main theme of this year’s conference will be Smart Life. If you’re still wondering what smart really means, than you can’t miss Luca De Biase‘s speech dealing with the opportunity to leverage the abundance of the digital world to challenge the scarcity of the analog one.

Open for real. Our keynote speaker Dave Winer will address the conference the need for an open and thriving internet world, overcoming the hegemony of the tech companies. Together with Euan Semple and other “protobloggers”, Dave will also lead a conversation about why blogging still matters in 2014.

Big data and privacy. Anne Wright will join us in Trieste too. Anne is an brilliant engineer (she worked on the prototype Mars Rover at NASA!). Today, as a researcher for Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburg, Anne has become one of the world’s top specialist on health empowerment through open source technology development and the aggregation of self tracking data. Roger Taylor , former correspondent for the Financial Times, is now an advisor for healthcare organizations, will also speak about the benefits of information for the individual. Anne and Roger will then join Adriana Lukas and Elvira Berlingieri for a conversation about the smart trade offs between personal data, aggregated data and privacy.

Learning smarter. Knowledge is a perfect example of human abilities redefined by digital tools. Liddy Nevile, professor at La Trobe University in Melburne, will share her experience about the use of computers and programming skills in education since the 1970s. Cefriel’s Ceo Alfonso Fuggetta will enrich the analysis with stories from smart learning occurrence in the business context. Gigi Tagliapietra will then run a panel further discussing knowledge and learning in the enterprise world.

Reshaping industries. The editor-in-chief of Wired Italia Massimo Russo will host a conversation about industries that are reshaping their business through smart innovation. Maurizio Costabeber, the entrapreneur who brought precision 3D printing in the jewelery and digital dentistry industries, and Andrea Raimondi, a reasearcher at the University of Nottingham who is hacking through the open data the way Venice deals with high tides, will also be part of the panel.

Open politics. Anna Masera, new head of the press office of the Camera dei Deputati, the Lower House of the Italian Parliament, will be our star in a fireside chat with the SotN gang about the innovations she’s putting through in her office, opening to the engagement of citizens and civic hacker through social media and open data.

Numbers. We will open the conference with our traditional section numbers. Journalist and author Carola Frediani will lead us under the surface of the biggest and most unknown part of the Net, the Dark Web.

Managing uncertainty. This year State of the Net will host a special prologue on thursday June 12th, ICT4inclusion. This is a brokerage event set up by Area Science Park, which will bring in Trieste dozens of entrepreneurs, specialists and researchers within the ICT world. Dave Snowden will be back in Trieste and will keynote this event, addressing the audience on managing under conditions of uncertainty, learning lessons from the natural sciences.

And counting… Stay tuned for updates, we still have a lot of speakers, topics and news to introduce to you in the very next few days. Register now, if you haven’t already: it’s free. And once you’ve registered, let it know to your friends on Twitter and Facebook: use the hashtag #sotn14.