FutureWeb conference and global WWW gathering illuminated issues in Raleigh, NC, USA, April 2010
FutureWeb and the global WWW2010 conference, the premiere international conference on Web research, brought together more than 1,000 people at the Raleigh Convention Center for discussions about trends, issues and best practices. Participants ranged from engineers and computer scientists to entrepreneurs, legal experts, academics and policy experts from government and industry.
Leaders from Google, the Web Science Trust and Web Foundation, NTIA, Microsoft, EPIC, the Internet Society, Red Hat, Lulu, eBay, the Mozilla Foundation, and the U.S. Executive Office of the President and more top technology organizations participated.
This section of Imagining the Internet includes written and visual documentation of primary conference sessions – news accounts accompanied by series of video clips. More video will be added in the weeks following the conference.
Among the sessions being documented on this site are:
The videos and written accounts posted here are just part of an overall documentary effort by Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center at WWW2010 and the FutureWeb conference.
Additional elements include:
Special thanks to FutureWeb speakers – an amazing cross-section of great critical thinkers who are working to implement foresight to assist in making our transition into the Internet age a positive force. We are especially thankful for the contributions of our founding benefactor, Pew Internet Project Director Lee Rainie, who led seven key FutureWeb events.
Special thanks to Kathy Green and Michael Rappa of North Carolina State University and Paul Jones of ibiblio and UNC-Chapel Hill for giving Elon University’s Imagining the Internet project the chance to plan and document this conference.
Volunteer citizen collaborators made this happen.
Undergraduate citizen journalists who worked to produce the content from FutureWeb include: Ashley Dischinger, Laura Smith, Kirsten Bennett, Shea Northcut, Morgan Little, Rachel Cieri, Dan Rickershauser, Melissa Kansky, Ashley Barnas, Nick Ochsner, Jack Dodson, Corey Groom, Kassondra Cloos, Laura Ward, Sam Bianchetti, Carolyn Van Brocklin, Tyler Anderson, Jasmine Spencer and Mallory Lane. Event assistance was provided by students Lianna Catino, Ryan Sweeney, Katie Roberts Andrew Creech and Christina Edwards.
Most of these young people started this work in January 2010, while enrolled in COM 375 The Future of the Web, an Elon University course in which they studied issues tied to Web evolution and assisted in the planning of this conference.
They were also assisted at the events by a coalition of Elon staff and supporters. Alumna Olivia Hubert-Allen, staff members Dan Anderson, David Morton, Kim Walker and Colin Donohue were instrumental in the journalism efforts at the events. Elon School of Communications Advisory Board members Lee Rainie and Michael Clemente played important roles as key speakers.
Many additional Elon faculty, administrators and staff also assisted with event support, with key contributions from David Copeland, Maggie Mullikin, Connie Book, Paul Parsons, Don Grady, Brad Berkner, Byung Lee, Jessica Gisclair, Tom Nelson, Rich Landesberg, Phyllis Phillips, Brooke Barnett, Phillip Motley, Lee Bush, Pam Baker, J McMerty, Linda Lashendock, Harlen Makemson, Michelle Ferrier and others.
Students in the university’s Interactive Media master’s program, led by Maria Rojas, planned and carried out a second FutureWeb event geared to educating dozens of area high school students – the Social Media Futures Academy.
Ferrier, with the assistance of Rojas and Melissa Spencer, another iMedia student, took content produced by the COM 375 undergraduate students and populated a separate pre-conference site with details for discussions of futures topics.