After a brief introduction and welcome remarks, the talking points will kick-off the conference. The goal of the talking points is to lay out some of the key challenges and lessons learned in the use of technology to advance human rights.
Ian Schuler (Department of State)
Ken Goldberg (UC Berkeley)
Robert Kirkpatrick (UN Global Pulse)
Ken Goldberg is a Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations
Research (IEOR), with a joint appointment in Electrical Engineering and
Computer Science (EECS) and in the School of Information at the
University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley). He is also a
Co-Founder of the Berkeley Center for New Media. He is an artist,
writer, inventor, and researcher in the field of robotics and
Robert Kirkpatrick is Director of UN Global Pulse, an innovation initiative of the Secretary-General harnessing Big Data and real-time analytics for global development and crisis resilience. Robert was the founding CTO of the Silicon Valley global health and disaster technology NGO InSTEDD, and the co-founder of Microsoft Humanitarian Systems. He has spent more than 15 years developing solutions for public and private sector organizations, with a focus on organizational change. He has done fieldwork in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kashmir, Uganda, Indonesia, Cambodia, and post-Katrina New Orleans.
John Lyman is a Program Manager at Google. Prior to joining Google, he worked as an analyst at Mintz Levin, a law firm/lobbying group, and as a researcher on economic and development issues at the Center for American Progress, a progressive think tank in Washington, D.C. From 2005 to 2007, Lyman served as the deputy topic coordinator for poverty alleviation at the Clinton Global Initiative, President Clinton's annual conference geared toward engaging the private sector in the world's most challenging problems. Lyman received a bachelor's degree in government from Georgetown University and a master's degree in public policy from the University of California, Berkeley.
Joseph Menn joined Reuters in San Francisco as an investigative technology reporter in January after three years with the Financial Times and 10 years with the Los Angeles Times. His books include the definitive Napster biography as well as the influential 2010 bestseller "Fatal System Error: The Hunt for the New Crime Lords who are Bringing Down the Internet", a real-life thriller that first brought the modern face of cybercrime to a mainstream audience. "Fatal System Error" revealed collaboration between governments and organized cybercriminals and was placed on the official reading list of the U.S. Strategic Command while being compared by the New Yorker to the novels of Stieg Larsson. A two-time Loeb Awards finalist, Menn has spoken at security industry conferences RSA and DefCon and training sessions convened by federal law enforcement and bank regulators.
George has more than 35 years' experience in the design, management and evaluation of international economic and social development activities including long-term assignments in Senegal, The Gambia, Morocco and Madagascar. Over the past decade, his interests and work have had a particular focus on technology and information-based communities and networks. George was the founding executive director of the Blum Center for Developing Economies at UC Berkeley after having held executive positions in the international NGOs World Links, VITA and Pact. George serves as a faculty mentor within the IBD program. He has a master's degree from the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex (UK) and a bachelor's degree from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.
Ian Schuler is the senior program manager for Internet Freedom Programs at the U.S. Department of State.
Jim is CEO of Red 7 Communications, a virtual company which provides technology strategy, business systems and knowledge management services to startup companies. Red7 has also developed a technical infrastructure for mixed-reality technologiesâ€”massive real-world learning gamesâ€”and Jim works with a team of experts who provide guidance to clients on learning-game development. He is best known as an e-learning pioneer, though he works in many areas of computer science.
From 2003 through 2010 he was Chief Technical Officer of the Dalai Lama Foundation. People call him "Sky" because his name is pronounced "Sky-ler."
Robert Kirkpatrick of Global Pulse notes that by the time data is collected to identify urgent issues, too much time has passed to provide disaster relief. "Can we understand what's happening to vulnerable populations in real time?" asks Kirkpatrick. He argues that monitoring changes in the use of mobile devices quickly identifies areas of need and allows for more informed social protections.