Monday, Feb. 8, 09:00–10:30
Clay Shirky is a writer, educator, and consultant on the social and economic effects of Internet technologies. He is an adjunct professor at New York University (NYU) in their graduate Interactive Telecommunications Program, where he teaches courses on the interrelationships of social and technological networks, particularly how they shape culture and vice-versa. He consults to a variety of organizations on network technologies, and is an acknowledged expert on collaboration tools, social networks, peer-to-peer sharing, collaborative filtering, and Open Source development. Clay has spoken and written extensively on the Internet since 1996, with regular columns in Business 2.0, FEED, OpenP2P.com and his own shirky.com blogsite. He has appeared in The New York Times, Time, The Wall Street Journal, the Harvard Business Review, and others. In his new book, "Here Comes Everybody", Clay explores how organizations and industries are being upended by open networks, collaboration, and user appropriation of content production and dissemination.
Wednesday, Feb. 10, 15:00–16:30
Dr. Mizuko Ito is a cultural anthropologist of technology use, focusing on children and youth’s changing relationships to media and communications. She has recently completed a research project supported by the MacArthur Foundation, a three year ethnographic study of kid-initiated and peer-based forms of engagement with new media. This findings of this project will be reported in a book forthcoming from MIT Press this year, Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Youth Living and Learning with New Media. Her book on educational software, Engineering Play, will also be published by MIT Press this year. She is conducting ongoing research on Japanese technoculture, and is currently studying online fans of anime and editing a book on otaku culture. Her work on mobile phone use in Japan appears in a book she co-edited with Daisuke Okabe and Misa Matsuda, Personal, Portable, Pedestrian: Mobile Phones in Japanese Life. She is a Research Scientist at the University of California Irvine.