Data is the New Oil: The Journey from Privacy to Publicy Is data today’s key global resource? Futurists Gerd Leonhard, Stowe Boyd, Jamais Cascio, and Andreas Weigend debate the idea.Data is exploding all around us: every 'like,' check-in, tweet, click, and play is being logged and mined. Many data-centric companies such as Google are already paying us for our data by providing more or less free services.Join leading futurists at swissnex in a debate co-organized by Switzerland’s The Futures Agency (TFA) on data as today’s key global resource.Is data the new oil? TFA CEO Gerd Leonhard leads fellow thinkers Stowe Boyd, Jamais Cascio, and Andreas Weigend in an exchange on where data is going, and how we are going along with it.Data will become a key currency, as it is a virtually limitless, non-rival, and exponentially growing good. Do we need regulations or trust frameworks to deal with it? Can data really be safeguarded in an entirely free-market system governed by commercial interests? What will Generation AO (always-on) share with whom, when, where, and how? And if data is the new oil, how do we avoid wars and global conflicts fought over it?"
Stowe Boyd is an internationally recognized authority on social tools and their impact on media, business, and society. He is best known for his commentary on the social revolution, the rise of social tools, and the new world ahead of us at stoweboyd.com, his random observations and curation at underpaidgenius.com, and his public speaking.
In recent years, Boyd has spoken at Web 2.0, Enterprise 2.0, Office 2.0, Net:work, Reboot, Defrag, 140 Characters, Lift, Shift, Sibos, TEDxMidAtlantic, SxSWi 2012 and many others.
Jamais Cascio is a San Francisco Bay Area-based writer and ethical futurist specializing in design strategies and possible outcomes for future scenarios. Cascio received his undergraduate degree from UC Santa Cruz and his ABD at UC Berkeley.
In 2003, he co-founded WorldChanging.com, the award-winning website dedicated to finding and calling attention to models, tools and ideas for building a "bright green" future. In March, 2006, he started Open the Future as his online home.
Selected by Foreign Policy magazine as one of their Top 100 Global Thinkers, Jamais Cascio writes about the intersection of emerging technologies, environmental dilemmas, and cultural transformation, specializing in the design and creation of plausible scenarios of the future. His work focuses on the importance of long-term, systemic thinking, emphasizing the power of openness, transparency and flexibility as catalysts for building a more resilient society.
Cascio's work appears in publications as diverse as Metropolis, the Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, and Foreign Policy. He has been featured in multiple television programs discussing foresight and environmental issues, including National Geographic Television's Six Degrees, its 2008 documentary on the effects of global warming, the History Channel's Science Impossible, its 2009 series on emerging technologies, and the 2010 Canadian Broadcasting Company documentary, Surviving the Future.
In early 2009, he released his first book, Hacking the Earth: Understanding the Consequences of Geoengineering. Subsequently, he served as technical advisor for the Australian Broadcasting Company's 2010 alternate reality game about geoengineering, Bluebird. In late 2010, he was invited to present on the subject at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC.
Gerd Leonhard is a media futurist, blogger, digerati, writer, speaker and advisor. He has spent over twenty-five years in the technology and entertainment industries, both in the U.S. as well as in Europe, and recently in Asia. Leonhard writes about the impact that new technologies have on content and the media industry.
The Wall Street Journal calls Gerd "one of the leading Media Futurists in the World." He established The Futures Agency in 2010 which offers think-tank and training events to leading media and technology companies. He is the co-author of the influential book The Future of Music (2005, Berklee Press), as well as the Author of Music2.0 (January 2008), and The End of Control (to be published in late 2009).
Leonhard's background is in music (he won the Quincy Jones Award in 1986 and is a graduate of Boston's Berklee College of Music) as well as in technology, Internet and media. His work focuses on the future of media, content, technology, business, marketing & advertising, branding, telecom, communications and culture.
Leonhard is considered a leading expert on a wide range of topics such as social media, web/media 2.0, mobility, innovation, UGC and peer production, social networking, education, copyright and IPR issues, digital content commerce models, convergence, entrepreneurship, innovation in advertising and branding, future planning, digital content strategies and the development of next-generation business models in the content, communications & technology industries.
Dr. Andreas Weigend studies the ongoing revolution in social data. He teaches at Stanford University and directs the Social Data Lab. Previously, as the chief scientist of Amazon.com, he focused on building the customer-centric and measurement-focused culture that has been central to Amazon's success.
Dr. Weigend works with innovative startups and global companies, helping them understand and leverage the irreversible changes in how consumers express themselves, relate to each other, and make purchasing and lifestyle decisions. His clients include Alibaba, Allstate, Lufthansa, Nokia, Priceline, Symantec, Thomson Reuters, Visa and the World Economic Forum.
Dr. Weigend studied in Germany and Cambridge (UK), and received his Ph.D. in physics from Stanford University. His career as a data scientist combined with his deep startup and industry experience allows him to successfully bridge the gap between academia and industry. He lives in San Francisco, Shanghai and on weigend.com.