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Elon's Imagining the Internet Center sponsors FutureWeb 2010, April 28-30

World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee and Vint Cerf, widely known as a "father of the Internet" and Google's Chief Internet Evangelist, will be among the more than 60 speakers leading more than 20 different events at the three-day FutureWeb conference in Raleigh, N.C., April 28-30. The event is being organized by the Imagining the Internet Center of Elon's School of Communications, and will involve more than 40 Elon students, faculty and staff.

FutureWeb is collocated with the 19th International World Wide Web Conference, being held in the United States for the first time since 2004.

FutureWeb is open to the public. Leaders from Google, NTIA, Microsoft, IBM, EPIC, Mozilla, eBay, the Internet Society, Red Hat, Lulu and more will discuss what the evolution of the Web might mean for our social, political and economic future.

In addition to Berners-Lee and Cerf, speakers will include US government technology policy leaders Andrew McLauglin and Danny Weitzner, social media researcher danah boyd, privacy advocate Marc Rotenberg, Pew Internet Project director Lee Rainie, Red Hat and Lulu co-founder Bob Young, eBay vice president Bob Page, open-source expert Michael Tiemann, Google’s Chris DiBona and Phil Mui, and Doc Searls, co-author of “The Cluetrain Manifesto.” Rainie will also lead informative one-on-one interview sessions with key speakers about the likely future of the Web.

Elon students, faculty and staff from the School of Communications will be providing comprehensive coverage of the conference, including stories on each session, video highlights, blog postings and Twitter updates. Follow their work via the FutureWeb2010 site, Twitter and Imagining the Internet.

FutureWeb session topics will include the following:

* Privacy, a panel discussion led by Rotenberg (EPIC)
* Intellectual property, organized by Dave Levine (Stanford CIS and Elon Law)
* Social networks, organized by Fred Stutzman (ClaimID)
* Entrepreneurship, organized by Tom Miller (NC State Entrepreneurship Initiative)
* Open Source, featuring Tiemann (Red Hat), and DiBona (Google)
* Core Values of the Internet, featuring Berners-Lee and Weitzner
* Media, organized by Paul Jones (ibiblio), featuring Searls, Dan Conover (Xark), Michael Clemente (Fox News)
* Web analytics, featuring the top analytics professionals from Google and eBay
* Education, organized by Cathy Davidson (MacArthur Digital Media & Learning)
* Interactive Design, organized by David Burney (New Kind)

“FutureWeb will be highly participatory, a sharing of collective intelligence,” says Janna Anderson, director of the Imagining the Internet Center at Elon University. “We expect everyone to share and gain new insights about the likely future of the Web. Lee Rainie will conduct incisive interviews with Berners-Lee Cerf, Weitzner, Searls, boyd, Rotenberg and Young.”

FutureWeb will also include a high school Social Media Future Academy. More information is available at: http://futureweb2010.wordpress.com/for-students-2/

Those attending FutureWeb are also invited to attend free of charge the WWW2010 keynote addresses by Cerf, boyd and Carl Malamud, president and founder of public.resource.org. FutureWeb attendees are not required to register for the main WWW2010 conference.

FutureWeb is one of three collocated conferences with WWW2010 (www2010.org), an annual international conference on the topic of the future direction of the World Wide Web. It began in 1994 at CERN and is organized by the International World Wide Web Conferences Steering Committee (IW3C2). The WWW Conference aims to provide a forum for discussion and debate about the evolution of the Web, the standardization of its associated technologies, and the impact of those technologies on society and culture. The conference brings together researchers, developers, users and commercial ventures. WWW2010 will focus on “openness” in web technologies, standards and practices, and will showcase the best of the region’s technology and culture.

Conference details:

April 28 – April 30, 2010
The Raleigh Convention Center
500 South Salisbury Street
Raleigh, NC 27601
Hours: Wednesday, 9 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.; Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

FutureWeb registration (limited to 500 seats): www2010.org/www/attendees/register
Regular pass (corporate) - $225
Regular pass (academic/government) - $125
Student pass - $75
All FutureWeb passes include admission to WWW2010 keynote addresses and two coffee breaks per day (lunch is not included). The Regular passes include the WWW2010 welcome reception on April 28. Those who register as a student, academic or government professional will be asked to show proof with official ID at registration.

Colin Donohue,
4/22/2010 9:07 AM