Paul Sagan, CEO, Akamai Technologies
Pradeep Sindhu, Juniper Networks
Tim Wu, Federal Trade Commission; Columbia Law School
Moderated by Steven Levy, WIRED
NExTWORK is a one-day, interdisciplinary conference that will feature world-renowned business leaders, technologists, and thinkers exploring the promise and peril of the network's future, as well as the most pressing digital issues and opportunities today.
Steven Levy has been covering the digital revolution for more than 25 years. Before joining WIRED in 2008, he was chief technology correspondent at Newsweek. He is the author of seven books, most recently the New York Times best seller In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives. Other books include Insanely Great, on the history of Apple's Macintosh computer, and Hackers, which was named the best tech book of the PC era by PC Magazine.
Paul Sagan served as president of Akamai Technologies from its launch in 1999 until last year and was named CEO in 2005. Before that, he was a senior adviser to the World Economic Forum and president and editor of New Media at Time
Inc. Sagan began his career in broadcast journalism. A three-time Emmy Award winner, he joined Time Warner in 1991 to design and launch the cable network NY1 News. He became a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2008 and was named Ernst & Young Technology Entrepreneur of the Year in 2009. He is a director of iRobot and EMC Corp., a trustee of Northwestern University, co-chair of the Medill Board of Advisors, a member of the Dean's Council at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and an advisory board member at the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy. He
also served on the blue-ribbon Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy.
Pradeep Sindhu founded Juniper Networks in 1996 to focus on what he saw as the enormous potential of networked computing. An alumnus of the Computer Science Lab at Xerox PARC, he brought to the new venture a commitment to ambitious R&D. Rather than start small, Jupiter took aim at the biggest problem then facing the industry -- the need for a new, scalable router architecture to support the explosive growth of the Internet. While running the company, Sindhu helped design and develop its debut product, the M40 router, which provided data speeds more than 100 times faster than existing technologies.
Today Jupiter Networks employs more than 8,700 people in 53 countries and has expanded its product line to cover the gamut of networking hardware and management solutions. Its customers include the 130 largest global service providers and 96 of the Global Fortune 100. Sindhu sets the company's technical roadmap and continues to play an active role in its ongoing development of breakthrough products.
Tim Wu is on the faculty of Columbia Law School. One of the nation's leading voices on public policy relating to the Internet and wireless networks, he is currently on leave from teaching
to serve as a senior adviser to the US Federal Trade Commission. In 2006, Wu was recognized by Scientific American as one of the 50 most influential people in science and technology for his work on net neutrality (a term he actually coined in a seminal 2003 paper). He has also been at the forefront of calls for openness in the wireless industry to let consumers use any cell phone and any apps on any network.
Wu is the coauthor of Who Controls the Internet? Illusions of a Borderless World and author of The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires, published last year. He has also written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, Slate, and other publications.
A panel consisting of Paul Sagan, Pradeep Sindhu, and Tim Wu discuss the implications of recent security breaches caused by black hat hackers. "On the state level we moved from this fear of nuclear war," says Sagan, "to the fear of cyber war."